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.
The United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center will hold its annual Make A Difference Day Rake-a-thon Saturday, Oct. 28. More than 500 volunteers are needed to help rake leaves.
The United Way of Portage County Endowment will host the Portage County Advisors Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stevens Point Country Club. This continuing education event will include four topics of discussion, a light breakfast, and the opportunity to network with peers.
For many people, the term investing conjures up images of blue chip stocks, precious metals, and IPOs. But for some Portage County leaders, the young children in our communities offer a far more substantial return on investment.
Going into its seventh year of programming, United Way of Portage County’s Learn for Life Reading Program is seeking second- and third-grade reading tutors to help students at 14 schools throughout Portage County.
Learn for Life utilizes trained volunteer reading tutors who meet individually with students, a tutor commitment of a total of one hour per week during the school day. Tutoring sessions are individualized and based off of the student’s needs. Program data is collected and assessed throughout the year. Substitute tutor options are available as well.
United Way of Portage County kicked off its 2017 campaign Friday, Aug. 11, at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School by introducing the 2017 campaign drive chair family, unveiling the 2017 campaign video, and giving people a first-hand look at United Way’s Project Fresh Start and Learn for Life.
As part of its fifth annual No Child’s Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive, United Way of Portage County collected $12,221 in diaper and monetary donations to continue to fill a need in the community.
United Way of Portage County’s Learn for Life will heat up the summer again with its third annual Summer Sizzle Children’s Reading Series.
Beginning in June, local “celebrities” will read to children attending the reading event, and the business sponsor will give a book to each child in attendance. The first reading, on June 14, will take place at the Stevens Point Area YMCA soccer field in Stevens Point.
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 28, for the distribution event taking place Saturday, August 12, 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. 21 for more information on receiving pre-packaged supplies.
United Way of Portage County will kick off its fifth 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 18.