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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

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


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