Relief and Recovery

Community Investment Fund

Your contribution to Pikes Peak United Way will address immediate needs as well as long-term challenges that will affect education, income and health outcomes across our community. Funds will go to the Pikes Peak United Way Community Investment Fund to help agencies serving those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic. Even as we confront uncertainty, we are STRONGER TOGETHER. As Coloradans, we have a history of coming together to take care of one another. That is more important today than ever.

Responding to a need

Here in the Pikes Peak region, we’ve overcome disaster before — we’ve made it through fires, floods and recessions together, and we’ve emerged stronger. 

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Pikes Peak United Way is working with local leaders, agencies and nonprofits to support our community during this pandemic, including the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, with whom we have a standing agreement to activate our team to help in the event of a community crisis. We also are working closely with El Paso County Public Health, taking calls from residents in need every day since we were activated.

Many have lost their jobs or are facing financial insecurity due to the virus, and our 2-1-1 team is working hard to connect them to resources. We are partnering with nonprofits to offer food distributions at local schools, delivering food to homebound seniors and activating drives to collect needed items for the most vulnerable in our community. We also are working with Public Health and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on long-term recovery efforts. 

CORPORATE AND PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS

         We’ve received generous gifts to help with immediate and long-term challenges posed by           the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Peak Progress (QLI) Report is a community effort to look at and evaluate different components of quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. This project convenes volunteers, community members, and leaders from across the region (Vision Councils) to gather and evaluate data and create goals (referred to as “priority areas”) in various categories.

This report originated in 2007 after Howard Brooks and Jerry Smith recognized the need for benchmarking information and gathered the necessary community support and resources to publish the first edition. The 2019/2020 report seeks to move the report forward by not only focusing on indicators, but also looking for ways to take these findings and create actionable change and improve the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. To do this, we followed the original process of creating benchmarks by comparing the Pikes Peak Region to other regions in order to see how we are doing compared to other places in the United States, as well as looking at data over time.

This report is for anyone from a general citizen to an elected representative. Based on the foundation of community groups, networks, and resources that were assembled to develop it, this highly beneficial tool provides reliable and easy to understand data with the potential and proposed steps for actionable change.