About Us



United Way of Portage County is an independently-governed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization connected to a network of more than 1,400 local United Ways through United Way Worldwide. We have our own board of directors and focus our work creating long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems within our community.

United Way of Portage County’s strategic approach to community problem solving concentrates on collaboration and results. We achieve results through 30 partner programs and 14 agencies.

United Way of Portage County works to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Our focus is on Education, Income, Health and Community Basics - the building blocks for a good quality life.

Education - Prepare our children for success in school and life
Income - Advance opportunities for people to maintain independent living and move people toward financial stability
Health - Improve the mental and physical health of people in Portage County
Community Basics - Ensuring people's basic needs of food, shelter, safety and community connections are met


Advancing the common good is about communitywide change to help all of us. We are all interdependent and when we are stronger as individuals, together we build a stronger community.

In order to achieve real, lasting communitywide change, United Way recruits the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Together, we are taking action that makes a real difference today, while creating long-term solutions and measurable results.

More than 7,000 people and over 250 organizations are already on board. But we need you, too. We invite you to be part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED™.


When we LIVE UNITED™, we can tackle the toughest problems and make Portage County a place where people can realize their dreams.

2017 Annual Report

2017 Audit/Financial Reports

Form 990