WorkLife Partnership 2018 Impact Report

With the cost of living on the rise, Colorado has become unaffordable for many frontline workers—creating more employee stress and workplace distractions. WorkLife is the only organization working directly with employers to empower their frontline employees so they can thrive at home and at work.

Help us continue this work.

Across all of WorkLife’s programs, we helped

1,013 hardworking Coloradans

find greater stability.


We partnered with 22 Colorado employers across 9 industries to provide support and resources to their employees, our clients.


With living costs outpacing wages, many Coloradans find themselves struggling to meet their basic needs—like food, housing, childcare, transportation, and healthcare—despite being employed full time.


When added up, WorkLife clients can’t afford to cover the cost of every expense, which forces them to cut back on nutrition, live in overcrowded or substandard housing, leave bills unpaid, and accumulate debt.


average monthly gross income for WorkLife clients, which is $1,724 less than the self-sufficiency standard for an adult caring for one child.


average monthly expenses (including rent for one bedroom) for an adult caring for one child.

More than 45%

of our clients said that stress, inability to afford food, or financial concerns were their biggest challenge to stable employment.


When our clients are able to access community resources & support to overcome financial barriers,

they are more likely to show up to work every day.

WorkLife connected clients with

$119,217 in community resources &
$66,298 in direct cash assistance

for housing, food and nutrition, healthcare, transportation, and childcare.


After working with a Navigator,

47% of clients reported positive change.

Health Insurance Literacy Navigator

Our Health Insurance Literacy Navigator helps clients understand their employer-sponsored health benefits so they can efficiently and effectively access their coverage.


 More than half of all U.S. employees don’t understand how to use health insurance benefits, so they avoid using them even when they’re sick. Or, they end up over paying for their medical services.


 In 2018, WorkLife’s Health Insurance Literacy Navigator spent

300+ hours working with 269 clients.

Of those, more than half reported that understanding health insurance terminology or their explanation of benefits was a barrier to using their health benefits.

 After working with the Health Insurance Literacy Navigator,

70% of clients reported positive change.


Tax Preparation Services

Through the VITA Program, WorkLife provides valet tax preparation service with electronic filing so clients receive returns more quickly.


 Tax season presents another stress to families with limited budgets. Tax preparation fees are out of reach for most frontline employees, and the terminology, time, and knowledge involved in filing taxes can be intimidating. Additionally, families may not be aware that they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).


In 2018, WorkLife helped

288 clients with their taxes,

saving them more than

$100,000 in filing costs

and connected families with

$69,322 in federal EITC.

Childcare Capacity

WorkLife provides training, resources, and tools to in-home childcare providers so they can increase quality and capacity.


Nearly half of all Coloradans live in a childcare desert—meaning they don’t have access to any childcare at all.


WorkLife has helped 46 childcare providers to:

  • Develop business plans

  • Improve service and quality of care through one-on-one coaching

  • Acquire contracts to become a CCCAP providers

  • Market their business to prospective families

  • Increase Colorado Shines Quality Rating

  • Connect with Early Childhood Councils

  • Work directly with state/local agencies

  • Optimize state subsidized food programs

  • Connect, develop relationships, and share best practices among providers within their communities

  • Integrate preschool curriculum

  • Afford cosmetic/home improvements to avoid health & safety concerns

  • Afford early childhood materials like cribs, mats, and technology

WorkLife has leveraged

$46,575 in supportive services

to assist childcare providers with indoor/outdoor home repairs, curriculum, and marketing/business development.


 Across all childcare providers combined, WorkLife estimates a

growth potential in capacity of 40%.



WorkLife’s Upskill Program unleashes workers’ untapped potential by connecting them to resources that build work readiness that aligns with employers’ talent pipeline needs.


More than 37M working adults would like to participate in further education but lack the resources to do so.


 In 2018, WorkLife focused on its Upskill Program Pilot to evaluate its reach and prepare for a full program launch in 2019.

33% of current WorkLife Employer Members

discussed implementation of WorkLife’s Upskill Program in 2019.

Of Upskill Program clients surveyed,

90% of respondents

said that the program had a positive impact on their children and families, and

87% of respondents

said they had more job skills after working with an Upskill Coach.


Employer Engagement

WorkLife works directly with HR teams to ensure our services are accessible to their workforce, allowing employees to get support and resources when they need it.


In 2018, WorkLife spent nearly 600 hours working directly with employers by:

  • Launching WorkLife’s services in their workplace

  • Providing marketing & outreach support, including participation in new employee orientations, staff meetings, and company-wide events

  • Supporting client utilization efforts

  • Researching data trends to help employers better understand the challenges faced by their frontline workforce

  • Learning about the challenges employers face in engaging employees

  • Creating awareness of WorkLife services among managers/supervisors and helping them refer employees

  • Supporting employer hardship grant & loan programs

  • Providing quarterly data on impact of WorkLife services


Our work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from our funders.

  • Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

  • The Colorado Health Foundation

  • The Denver Foundation

  • Denver Housing Authority

  • Energy Outreach Colorado

  • The Kellogg Foundation

  • The Kenneth King Foundation

  • The Markel Foundation

  • Mile High United Way

  • The Piton Foundation

  • The Rockefeller Foundation

  • The Rose Community Foundation

  • The Strengthening Working Families Initiative

  • The Virginia Hill Foundation

  • The WORKNOW Initiative and the Community College of Denver Foundation