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Registration now open for United Way's Make A Difference Day Rake-a-thon

The United Way Volunteer Center of Portage County will hold its annual Make a Difference Day Rake-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 22. Registration for volunteers who wish to help and for people who may need help raking this fall is now open.

More than 500 volunteers are needed for the Rake-a-thon. Members of the community will come together to rake yards for Portage County residents who need assistance due to physical barriers or cannot afford raking services.

United Way kicks off 2016 campaign

United Way of Portage County kicked off its 2016 campaign Friday, Aug. 12, at Ben Franklin Junior High School by introducing the 2016 campaign drive chair family, unveiling the 2016 campaign video, and giving people a first-hand look at United Way’s Project Fresh Start.

The Hofmeister/Okray family, owners and operators of Spectra Print in Stevens Point, are chairing the 2016 campaign. With 18 members serving as drive chairs, it’s the largest ever drive chair contingent for United Way of Portage County, as quite possibly largest at United Way throughout the world.

United Way announces new hirings, promotion

Two new staff members have joined United Way of Portage County, while a current staff member received a promotion.

Cecily Mileski recently joined United Way of Portage County as its Volunteer Engagement Associate and Stephanie Printz was hired as the United Way Endowment Administrator. Laura Pfeil, who previously held the title of Community Initiatives Associate, was promoted to the new position of Community Services Manager.

Federal Funds for Emergency Aid in Portage County

United Way of Portage County is the fiscal agent for an award from the federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for 2016.  Portage County has been awarded $32,122 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Keeping kids safe on the road

Summer vacation is here, and that means family road trips! Everyone travels somewhere over the summer, even if it is just around town. Whether you are driving three miles or 300, you should always be sure to keep kids safe on the road.

Regulations on proper car seats and booster seats can be confusing for many parents. The good news is that there are resources in our community to help you understand the best way for your child to travel.

United Way kicks off fourth annual Diaper Drive

United Way of Portage County kicked off its fourth 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 19.

Nearly $11,000 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. This year’s drive is already off to a stellar start, as the Women’s Fund of Portage County awarded $3,000 in match funds to purchase diapers during their annual luncheon on Friday, May 6.

Project Fresh Start school supply program 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 29, for the distribution event taking place Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Ben Franklin Junior High School in Stevens Point. A separate distribution for students of Almond-Bancroft schools will be held Tuesday, August 30, at the school in Almond. Pre-registration for the Almond-Bancroft event is not required.