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United Way honors individuals, organizations for support of 2016 campaign

United Way of Portage County honored dozens of volunteers and businesses for their support during the 2016 campaign at its annual Recognition Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point.

The Hofmeister/Okray family, owners of Spectra Print in Stevens Point – in their final role as the 2016 Campaign Drive Chairs – role thanked the more than 220 United Way supporters at the luncheon for their contributions during the fall campaign that raised more than $2.93 million to help people in this community.

Major award winners included:

Local company upgrades United Way offices

The offices at United Way of Portage County have a brand new look thanks to a donation from a local company.

Recycled Office Environments (ROE), 5225 Joerns Drive, Stevens Point, donated and installed all new office furniture at United Way’s 10-person office space at 1100 Centerpoint Drive, Stevens Point, after ROE’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Budelier, decided an upgrade was needed.

Born Learning selects Children's Hospital for home visitation services

The Born Learning Funding and Program Evaluation team has selected Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Community Services to provide home visitation services for families in Portage County.

Born Learning partners put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) in October, asking for submitting agencies to use the Parents as Teachers curriculum, said Lisa Falduto, Born Learning Engagement Specialist for United Way of Portage County.

Economic Case for Investing in Young Children Luncheon on Oct. 20

Having a well-educated and vibrant workforce is key to sustainable growth in our community.  As leaders, we all need to be thinking about our workforce availability 20-30 years out in order to support our growing businesses.  United Way's Born Learning will host the Economic Case for Investing in Young Children Luncheon on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point to further explore this topic.