COVID-19

Mile High Connects Response to COVID-19

Mile High Connects and its partners believe the best response to COVID-19 is a community informed and driven response. For far too many in our community, adaptation and resilience are a daily experience. In the earliest days of the outbreak, our Collaborative table took action by:

  • Resourcing 7 community organizer and neighborhood leaders groups with small grants to expand their outreach in community.
  • Convening table members and partners for frank discussion on needs and opportunities to advance our collective priorities.
  • Supporting 9to5 Colorado, Enterprise Community Partners, and United for a New Economy by flexing our collaborative advocacy funds to meet the new needs.

Our Recovery

Recovery begins in community – community that is now fighting against racial & social injustices in the face of a deadly pandemic.

Supports and Resources

Community organizations, partners, and local leaders have shared a number of tools and resources to build community power and knowledge as we shift to limit our in-person interactions. Below are a list of resources and tools, which we will update as more information is available.For the latest information, please visit the Colorado COVID-19 website at https://covid19.colorado.gov or visit your county’s COVID-19 website.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

Community Movement Building (resources, facilitation tips, and Zoom tutorials)

A community informed response is critical to ensure we all benefit from our collective recovery from COVID-19.

Blueprints for Change Support and Coaching for Remote Groups: Tips on distributed organizing in a virtual space.

Coronavirus Resource Kit: A compilation of strategies to support and enhance mutual aid projects.

Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens: COVID-19 response episodes with resources and information for community leaders to adapt to current conditions.

Justice Collaborative’s COVID-19 Response and Resources: Fact sheets, information on proposed policies, and other resources for community leaders, public officials, and journalists.

Facilitation Tips for Community Movement Building

Facilitating Online Meetings: Ideas for creating engaging virtual meetings.

Technology of Participation (ToP) Virtual Facilitation Online: Resources from their 8 part series on facilitating engaging virtual meetings.

Tips for hosting virtual meetings: Created by Mary Alice Crim and Sierra Club’s Distributed Organizing Team

Training for Change: Facilitating Hybrid Groups Online

Training for Change: Templates, Tools, and E-Books to Get Started with Online Training & Facilitation

Community Resources for Virtual Meetings

HYC Zoom Tutorial – Spanish

Zoom Tutorial – Amharic

Zoom App Tutorial – Vietnamese

Family Well-Being Resources

Community Resource Lists:

Clinica Colorado is providing tele-health to those without health insurance in Colorado: www.clinicacolorado.org.

Mental Health Center of Denver: Offering a wide range of resources including how to talk to your kids about COVID-19, coping tools, and more.

NAMI Colorado: Mental Health virtual support groups are available through the week.

Xcel will not disconnect gas and electric service to residential customers if they are having difficulty paying their bill. Contact Xcel to arrange a payment plan.

Free internet program via Comcast/Xfinity: They are also providing unlimited data for no additional charge.

Housing Resources

Core to Mile High Connects work is ensuring affordable housing for all in Denver.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development up-to-date information and resources.

Denver Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance: Offers resources to Denver residents facing hardship or housing crisis. Visit here for more information.

Arapahoe Emergency Rent Assistance: Rental assistance continues to be available. Call 303-738-8061 or email cshropshire@arapahoegov.com to determine eligibility.

One Fair Wage: Cash assistance for tipped workers and service workers. Visit https://ofwemergencyfund.org for more information.

Entrepreneur Resources

Mom and pop small businesses need us now more than ever. Please consider safely shopping at a local business during this time.

Energize Colorado: PPE Marketplace and Gap Fund application.

One Fair Wage: Cash assistance for tipped workers and service workers. Visit https://ofwemergencyfund.org for more information.

Resources for restaurants and workers: Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has collected information and links to resources for restaurants and their workers. Visit www.restaurantworkerscf.org for more information.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance: Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans. To learn more, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Tax deferral for individual and non-corporate tax filers: visit here.

County and City Information

Please visit your county or city’s website for the latest information!

Adams County COVID-19 Information and Resource Center: http://www.adcogov.org/coronavirus-community-resources

Arapahoe County COVID-19 Information and Resource Center: https://www.arapahoegov.com/covid19

City of Arvada COVID-19 Information: https://arvada.org/

City of Commerce City COVID-19 Information: www.c3gov.com

City and County of Denver COVID-19 Information: Visit Public Health and Environment and Support Services

Jefferson County Community Resources: https://www.jeffco.us/4019/Jeffco-Community-Resources

City of Lakewood COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.lakewood.org/

City of Westminster, CO COVID-19 Information: www.cityofwestminster.us

Communications & Tech Tools to Use

This library of easy to use tools is intended to connect community to creative ways to share your message and priorities during this difficult time.

Communications Design Tools:

  • Canva: Easy graphics for social media, presentations, and flyers.
  • PiktoChart: Create infographics and creative data graphics.
  • Mile High Connects table members can access PiktoChart and Canva by reaching out to our team.

Messaging:

Messaging This Moment: A handbook for progressive communicators.

Tech Tools:

  • BatchGeo: A quick way to convert excel data into maps.
  • bitly.com: Shorten links to make them more user friendly.
  • CallHub: Peer to Peer phone and text platform that supports predictive dialing, power dialing, peer to peer texting, blast SMS, patch through calls, and more.
  • FlipGrid: Ask for and collect personal story videos on a particular subject & share these stories with relevant stakeholders.
  • Hylo: A community and volunteer management tool that allows you to share data and coordinate across groups.
  • Loom: You can capture your screen, voice, and face and instantly share your video in less time than it would take to type an email.
  • ShareLink: Create shareable social media icons to connect your community to specific content.
  • Slack: An internal communications and management tool, with separate channels for internal groups and one-to-one direct message capabilities.

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