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United Way kicks off Diaper Drive

United Way of Portage County will kick off its sixth annual No Child’s Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive on Mother’s Day weekend. Diapers will be collected through Father’s Day weekend, ending June 17.

More than $12,000 in diapers and monetary donations were collected during last year’s drive, filling a need many local agencies said was a top issue facing struggling families before the diaper drive was first held in 2013.

Diapers can be dropped off through Father's Day weekend Monday through Friday during business hours at:

Project Fresh Start registration now open

Family registration for Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program that provides school supplies to qualifying students, is now open.

Registration is open through Friday, July 27, for the distribution event taking place Saturday, Aug. 18, at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School in Stevens Point. Almond Bancroft residents do not need to pre-register, but will need to contact the school’s main office beginning Aug. 20 for more information on receiving pre-packaged supplies.

United Way honors individuals, organizations for support of 2017 campaign

United Way of Portage County honored dozens of volunteers and businesses for their support during the 2017 campaign at its annual Recognition Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point.

The Blenker family, owners of Blenker Companies in Amherst – in their final role as the 2017 Campaign Drive Chairs – thanked the more than 180 United Way supporters at the luncheon for their contributions during the fall campaign that raised more than $3 million to help people in this community.

Major award winners included:

Minds in Motion will benefit United Way Feb. 23

Order your tickets now for a night of laughter at the Minds in Motion hypnosis show with Dr. Al Snyder! He has performed at over 1000 engagements in 35 states around the United States, entertaining nearly a quarter million people. With a masterful blend of traditional stage hypnosis and creative new material, he will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat!

When: Friday, February 23, 2018. Show @ 7pm, doors open @ 6pm.

Where: Sentry Theater @ 1800

Cost: (General Admission) $15 adult and $10 for children 12 and under

United Way Recognition Luncheon set for Jan. 23

United Way of Portage County will hold its 2017 Recognition Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 23, at noon at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point. Register online for the event by Tuesday, Jan. 16, by clicking here.

Highlights from the event will include:

INDIVIDUAL HONORS: United Way of Portage County will honor several longtime individual supporters, as well as some more recent supporters who worked collectively to make the 2017 campaign a record-setting effort.

Community raises more than $3 million for United Way

For the first time in its history, United Way of Portage County raised more than $3 million during its annual campaign. United Way of Portage County Executive Director Sue Wilcox, along with the Blenker family of Amherst, announced at the organization’s Victory Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at SentryWorld that the community’s efforts during the campaign raised $3,048,991 in 2017.

United Way Victory Celebration set for Dec. 6

United Way of Portage County will celebrate the end of the 2017 campaign at its annual Victory Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. at SentryWorld in Stevens Point.

The public is invited to attend the free event where TRAVEL UNITED Sweepstakes finalists will win one of three prizes and where the results of the 2017 United Way of Portage County campaign will be unveiled. Pre-registration is not required, and beverages and appetizers will be available.

Sentry's United Way campaign surpasses $1 million again

Sentry Insurance and its employees continued their million dollar campaigns with their 2017 donation to the United Way of Portage County. This year’s total of $1.15 million includes employee pledges, special events fundraising and a matching donation from the Sentry Insurance Foundation.

“Thank you – to each and every one of you – and to Sentry Insurance, for choosing to LIVE UNITED,” said Sue Wilcox, United Way of Portage County Executive Director. “I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are proud of you and your commitment to this great community."

Forum Nov. 8 will highlight Portage County's strengths, challenges, priorities

Portage County’s strengths, challenges and priorities will be highlighted Wednesday, Nov. 8, when the Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) steering committee releases its official report at a community forum open to the public. The forum will take place at in the SentryWorld Atrium, 601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point, beginning at 8 a.m.

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