Mile High United Way Literacy Initiatives

A Denver-based financial and accounting consultant, Nicholas James Pedler is an active member of his community. In addition to supporting Junior Achievement and the Boys and Girls Club, Nicholas James Pedler donates his time and resources to the Mile High United Way (MHUW).

The first United Way organization in the country, MHUW works with hundreds of partners from the nonprofit, government, and business sectors to provide support and advocacy services for those in need. Focused on three key areas of investment, MHUW operates programs such as the Adult Self Sufficiency, Youth Success, and School Readiness initiatives.

As part of its School Readiness initiative, MHUW raises nearly $2 million dollars each year to improve the literacy rate in children eight years old and younger. The funds are distributed to deserving organizations throughout Colorado to replicate and expand effective literacy programs. In addition, the School Readiness initiative offers literacy interventions and one-on-one tutoring through its Reading Corp program. Together, the initiative’s Social Innovation Fund and Reading Corp program helps tens of thousands of children receive a quality education while building the foundation for their future success.

Recommended Travel Destinations in Western Europe, by Nicholas James Pedler

Many people dream of visiting Europe, but few actually end up making the trip. There are a number of reasons for this, such as the expense or the inflexibility of work schedules. But some people never go simply because they don’t know where to begin.

Paris is one of the most fantastic places one can visit. It is a dream come true for any student of art, history, or fashion. But all too often, people visiting the City of Lights end up visiting the most well-known attractions, and therefore end up spending their vacation standing in lines. Instead of the Louvre, consider visiting the less frequented museums, such as the D’Orsay or the Picasso. And there are plenty of open-air sites that are beautiful and free, such as the Luxembourg Gardens or the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.

Paris is an expensive place, and a slightly less costly city is Barcelona. It is equally beautiful and romantic, but lodging, food, and drink all come at a much lower price. While there, visitors should make sure to go to the fantastic Sagrada Familia Cathedral. It is one of the most incredible buildings in the world.

It is also advisable to branch out from major urban centers. The countryside and smaller towns throughout the region are gorgeous and provide the opportunity to get a real taste of the local culture.

About the author: Over the course of his life, financial expert Nicholas James Pedler has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe.

Nerja: A Gem in Spain’s Mediterranean Costa del Sol

By Nicholas James Pedler

Situated on Spain’s Eastern coast in the Costa del Sol region, the Mediterranean town of Nerja is a seaside resort that boasts temperate weather year-round, a beautiful view of the Almijara Mountains, over five miles of beaches, and plentiful restaurants, bars, and shops. The Mediterranean getaway is home to the Balcón de Europa, which offers a stunning vantage point from which to view the Costa de Sol’s rocky shore and pristine waters. The Balcón was originally constructed to protect the area from British pirates and privateers.

Although Nerja is a favorite among tourists, the town has maintained its local feeling and authentic flair. Instead of high-rise hotels, visitors can choose from a plethora of beautiful vacation homes for rent, as well as hotels constructed with traditional Spanish architecture. Nerja is just a 40-minute drive from the Málaga airport.

About the Author: A travel enthusiast, Nicholas James Pedler spent time studying international business and British literature in Luxembourg while earning a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.

Nicholas James Pedler on Heifer International’s 12 Cornerstones

The mission of Heifer International is to help end world hunger and poverty. Heifer International provides families with animals, from which they can collect agricultural products like milk, eggs, and honey for consumption and for sales, giving them a reliable source of food and income. The ultimate goal is to empower families and make them self-sufficient.

Heifer International has developed 12 cornerstones to help lead families and communities to self-sufficiency:

1. Pass on the gifts that Heifer International provides families
2. Be mutually accountable to the community
3. Share resources and care for others
4. Give those with the most need the highest priority when receiving animals and training
5. Involve all members of the community in decision making
6. Encourage both men and women to participate in decision making
7. Provide training and education for self-reliance
8. Improve animal management
9. Improve the environment
10. Foster the belief in the value of life
11. Provide nutrition and income to each family
12. Practice sustainability for self-reliance

About the Author:

Nicholas James Pedler is a finance and accounting consultant by profession. He is involved in numerous charitable organizations, including Heifer International.