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School Supply Collection Going Strong, More Need Than Ever

By Portage County Business Council

Project Fresh Start is a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program that provides school supplies to qualifying students. Supply collection is currently underway at locations around Portage County. The Portage County Business Council is a collection site with the collection box in the front entryway so you do not even need to enter our office to drop off supplies! Other collection sites are Mark Motors, Antoinette’s Quilt Shop, Lineage Logistics, The Pineries Bank, Infinity Wellness & Chiropractic, Old National Bank, Biolife Plasma Services and James Check Agency American Family. If your business is interested in being a collection site, visit

Any 4K-12 student enrolled in a Portage County school and who qualifies for the federal free and reduced-price meal program is eligible to receive supplies. More than 3,000 students in Portage County will be eligible to receive supplies through Project Fresh Start. Last year Project Fresh Start served more than 900 students in Portage County.

Participant registration is open through Friday, July 24. The link to online registration for families can be found at

“Our need for supplies is greater than ever this year, and the community continues to come together to support the students and families of Portage County,” said Kelly Skeels, United Way of Portage County Community Services Coordinator. With the generosity of our community Skeels is confident that we can collect enough school supplies to ensure that every child goes back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

Contact the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center at 715-341-6740 or for more information.

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Information from United Way Press Release