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United Way 211 - More than Information & Referral Service

United Way of Portage County ensures that the residents of our community have a free information and referral service.  This program can help when a person is facing a crisis, such as in need of emergency utility assistance, or just to obtain needed information, like how to contact their local school district.  Whatever the need, 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for free.  United Way funds this service so people can get the answers they need, when

May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Joe's Story

When we think about "being healthy", many people think about exercising, healthy eating and regular medical check-ups and screenings.  Many people overlook mental health as being a key factor in our overall health and lifestyle.  Mental health is critical to our well-being as it covers more than feeling stressed or having a diagnosed disorder.  Mental health deals with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal tendencies and much more.  Portage County alone has had 6% of their adult population attempt suicide, according to the 2016 Portage County Commun

Volunteers Make an Impact - Barb's Story

Volunteers are the backbone of nonprofit work, especially at United Way.  They are the wonderful people who give their time, their talents and their dedication to ensure that people in our community are receiving the help they need.  We are fortunate to have tremendous volunteers who support our local United Way and we wanted to highlight one story of a volunteer who has worked with us for multiple years and has made additional education programs available

Financial Literacy - April Awareness

United Way of Portage County fights for the financial stability of every person in our community.  Our organization provides funding to the Freedom House, Housing and Emergency Support Services (HESS) and is partnered with the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA).  It is throught the work of a community that people like Mike are able to find the help that is needed to become financially stable and create their own posit

Alcoholism - April Awareness

United Way of Portage County fights for the health of every person in our community.  Our organization provides funding to support various mental health programs, addiction counseling programs and other programs to help people get healthy and stay healthy.  This story shares an experience of someone who benefitted from the Alcohol & Other Drug program that United Way supports:

March is Kidney Awareness Month - See Michael's Story

March is Kidney Awareness Month. 

At United Way of Portage County, we provide funding to our community partner the Kidney Foundation of Ohio.  This allows us to address the challenges and concerns faced by those battling with kidney disease.  We are fighting to improve the health and quality of life for those with kidney issues in March and throughout the year.

Business is now Human-to-Human. How A Homeless Stranger Helped Transform Our Brand, and Me. By Lisa Bowman, CMO, United Way Worldwide

I walked into my position as Chief Marketing Officer of United Way Worldwide slightly more than a year ago with a challenge to transform the United Way brand to one that is accessible, relevant and meaningful to more people everywhere.


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