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May is Mental Health Month - Coleman Adult Day is a Help

May is Mental Health Month and United Way of Portage County strives to ensure that people in the community have access to health care.  According to the Portage County Community Health Assessment, Mental Health and Addiction is one of the top public health needs to be addressed for the residents of the county.  In response to Mental Health being a priority for the community, United Way of Portage County provides funding to multiple programs that provide counseling, addiction treatment, medication assistance, psychiatric services, abuse services and clinical services.  One of the programs th

National Volunteer Appreciation Week - Stories from Jean & David

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, United Way of Portage County asked some of the amazing volunteers that lend their support, ideas, creativity and time to the organization to get a feel for why they are so committed to the work being done.  Here are two reasons provided by two fantastic volunteers, Jean and David:

Jean's reason:

Kidney Dialysis Patients Get Transportation Help

March 14th is World Kidney Day.  We at United Way of Portage County honor this day of recognition by sharing a story of how our organization is helping those in our community who are going through kidney dialysis treatment.  Our organization provides support to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio to assist Portage County residents with transportation for their treatments and help with medication expenses.  Below is a story that shares the experience one woman had rega

2-1-1 Navigators go the Distance

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that helps people across the U.S., and in many parts of Canada, find the local resources they need.  This service is available 365 days per year, 24 hours a day.  By calling 2-1-1, people can be connected with information or resources pertaining to numerous topics or needs.  Some of those main needs are: Education, Employment and Income Support, Family Support & Parenting, Food/Clothing/Household Items, Healthcare, Housing, Utilities, Legal Services, Mental Health Counseling, Community Services and Addiction Services.  

Freedom House Helps our Community's Veterans

United Way of Portage County (UWPC) is dedicated to helping people achieve financial stability in order to help provide a better quality of life for the residents of our community.  One program that received funding from UWPC is Freedom House, a program that exists to provide emergency shelter to those veterans in a housing crisis, while also providing support, advocacy and referrals to encourage self-sufficiency and movement toward permanent housing.  With this

Safer Futures Helps Those Who Have Experienced Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  In Portage County, Safer Futures is the domestic violence shelter and resource.  United Way of Portage County provides funds to Safer Futures in order to help those individuals and families in our community who are in need of a safe place to stay, time to recover and help to get through their experience of violen

SOAR Student-Run Free Clinic Goes the Extra Mile for Patients

United Way of Portage County began their partnership with the SOAR, Student Run-Free Clinic on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), in 2017.  This program utilizes the medical students to provide needed primary care services, screenings and other tests for those who are uninsured or underinsured with regard to their health care.  Health and acess to health care is a United Way focus area globally and we partner with SOAR to address the needs

RSVP is Here to Help - Rain or Shine!

United Way of Portage County provides funding assistance to the Senior Corps – Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  This program enables volunteers in our community who are 55 and older to use their talents, skills and free time to help with projects or other needs.  Some of those projects include providing transportation to seniors, serving food to the hungry, tutoring youth and much more.  One great

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