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Food Centers Nourish More Than Hunger

November 16th - 24th is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  United Way of Portage County (UWPC) joins in the efforts to ensure people are thinking about others in need at this time of year and always.   UWPC is a proud partner and funding supporter of several food pantry and hot meal sites, as well as shelter and housing assistance programs.  A story shared by two of those programs, the Center of Hope, in Ravenna, and Kent Social Services, in Kent, explains how hunger and homelessness can intersect and how they are helping in the community to combat these issues.

Tutoring Makes an Impact for the Learner and Teacher

It is August and as children head back to school, it is important to remember that every child learns at a different speed.  Returning to school and working through reading assignments, math problems, history projects and more can take a little extra effort for some children.  This is the reason that tutoring programs are helpful and instrumental in creating lasting success for many school-aged chil

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

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 woma

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. 

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 experienc