Mission & Goals

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Our Mission Statement

United Way of Portage County brings people and resources together to achieve measurable results that improve people's lives and strengthen our community.

Our Core Values

Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and moral standards in our relationships with the Portage County community.

Community Engagement: We listen to, learn from and motivate diverse individuals and groups to take action on priorities.

Partnership: We develop relationships and work with individuals, groups, and organizations that share our mutual interest in community priorities, developing effective strategies and measuring results.

Volunteer Driven: We connect with our community through volunteer leadership and service opportunities.

Stewardship: We ensure that resources placed in our care are managed effectively and efficiently.


Together, we are taking action that makes a real difference today, while creating long-term solutions and measurable results for tomorrow.

More than 7,000 individuals and 250 organizations are already on board. We are actively recruiting others to join us. You can give, you can advocate, you can volunteer. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED™.

Our Goals

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.

Our strategies focus on goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health Community Basics – the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Education: Prepare our children for success in school and life

  • School Readiness
  • Early Grade Learning
  • Middle and High School Success
  • Outside of School Support

Income: Advance opportunities for people to maintain independent living and move people toward financial stability

  • Family-Sustaining Employment
  • Manageable Expenses
  • Savings and Assets
  • Independent Living

Health: Improve the mental and physical health of people in Portage County

  • Personal Health
  • Responsible Behavior
  • Access to Care
  • Family/Caregiver Support

Community Basics: Ensuring people's basic needs of food, shelter, safety and community connections are met

  • Safe Housing/Shelter
  • Food and Clothing
  • Emergency & Crisis Services
  • Community Connection