United Way Kicks Off Efforts to Fund Needed Programs in Portage County

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Join current and former area athletes to celebrate sports and wellness at The NEW Center!

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO – United Way of Portage County (UWPC) is launching its 2017-2018 workplace giving campaign, Oct. 3, 2017, at the NEW Center, which is located on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University. The kick-off event will showcase the critically needed programs in Portage County for which UWPC provides funding as well as highlight key corporate partners who help to drive the success of the workplace campaigns.

The event, which will be held 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., is open to the public and invites all community members to enjoy a sports and wellness themed day as UWPC hosts Ben Curtis, the 2003 PGA British Open Championship winner and Kent State University alumnus, and Otto Orf, former Cleveland Crunch and Cleveland Force goalie. Curtis and Orf will represent their organizations, the Ben Curtis Foundation and Hands on Sports Foundation, to encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles, an area of focus for United Way, NEOMED and Sequoia Wellness. All of these organizations are working together to make a positive impact in the communities of Portage County.

The event will include a $5 tailgate style lunch, games and prizes, and an opportunities to engage with athletes and representatives from programs that receive much needed support and funds from United Way of Portage County. Presently, UWPC funds 36 programs that help in the areas of education, income and health. These key impact areas are working to provide measureable outcomes that show improvements in literacy rates, kindergarten readiness, emergency food, clothing and shelter, credit counseling, mental health services, drug treatment programs and more.

For more information about the event please contact Shawna Borkoski at shawnab@uwportage.org or 330.297.1424.

About United Way of Portage County

United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way goals are:

  •  To improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
  • Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

    Our goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them. Visit uwportage.org to learn more about our service to the community, how to volunteer or to donate.