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.
  • Support community leaders on the MHC steering committee table with access to technology equipment and resources to continue engaging their community.
  • 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.

Track the Recovery

In Colorado, as of 11/14/ 2020, there were 0.29 initial claims for regular unemployment benefits per 100 people in the labor force.
In Colorado, as of 11/16/2020, total small business revenue decreased by 35.2% compared to January 2020. Data from tracktherecovery.org

The Economic Tracker

Explore the Opportunity Insights real-time Economic Tracker

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. 

Community Movement Building (resources and facilitation tips)

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

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.

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.

Community & Family Well-Being Resources

COVID-19 County and State Information

For the latest information, please visit the Colorado COVID-19 website at https://covid19.colorado.gov or visit your county’s COVID-19 website.

Denver COVID Testing Sites

Denver COVID Case Updates

Tri-County Health Department Testing Sites

Tri-County Health Case Updates

Zoom Tutotials

ZOOM Tutorial – Amharic
ZOOM Tutorial – Vietnamese
ZOOM Tutorial – Spanish