Mission & Goals

Our Mission Statement

United Way of Portage County brings people and resources together to achieve measurable results that improve people's lives and strengthen our community.

Our Core Values

Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and moral standards in our relationships with the Portage County community.

Community Engagement: We listen to, learn from and motivate diverse individuals and groups to take action on priorities.

Partnership: We develop relationships and work with individuals, groups, and organizations that share our mutual interest in community priorities, developing effective strategies and measuring results.

Volunteer Driven: We connect with our community through volunteer leadership and service opportunities.

Stewardship: We ensure that resources placed in our care are managed effectively and efficiently.


Together, we are taking action that makes a real difference today, while creating long-term solutions and measurable results for tomorrow.

More than 7,000 individuals and 250 organizations are already on board. We are actively recruiting others to join us. You can give, you can advocate, you can volunteer. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED™.

Our Goals

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.

Our strategies focus on goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health Community Basics – the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Education: Prepare our children for success in school and life

  • School Readiness
  • Early Grade Learning
  • Middle and High School Success
  • Outside of School Support

Financial Stability: Advance opportunities for people to maintain independent living and move people toward financial stability

  • Family-Sustaining Employment
  • Manageable Expenses
  • Savings and Assets
  • Independent Living
  • Safe Housing/Shelter
  • Food and Clothing
  • Emergency & Crisis Services
  • Community Connection

Health: Improve the mental and physical health of people in Portage County

  • Personal Health
  • Responsible Behavior
  • Access to Care
  • Family/Caregiver Support

Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle

More than 75 years ago, community leaders who founded the United Way of Portage County crossed cultural, religious and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action.  Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way of Portage County fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of our work. We know that by bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together we can collectively and more effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are.  Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.