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Project Fresh Start 2017

Project Fresh Start distribution will take place at P.J. Jacobs Jr. High School in Stevens Point on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. 

Project Fresh Start provides free school supplies to students K-12 in Portage County (WISCONSIN) who qualify for free and reduced lunch through their school district.  Students registered for Project Fresh Start will also be able to receive free clothing through Project Fresh Clothes, a partner program coordinated by St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

HOW PARTICIPANTS REGISTER: Eligible participants should complete a registration form by Friday, July 28, 2017. Forms are available at school offices, the United Way office and online, below.

HOLD A DRIVE OR BE A DROP SITE: Organizations, groups or businesses may participate by holding their own internal collection and be a Drive Partner. They can also choose to be a Drop Site Partner- these are generally high traffic locations where community members can drop off school supplies. More information on how to hold a drive, be a drop site or to see what groups are already participating can be found below. New this year, we also have an online drive option on our Roonga drive. Step by step instructions for how to create a team drive can be found here.

CASH DONATIONS: Cash or check donations are being accepted at the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center. Donations to support Project Fresh Start can be sent to: Project Fresh Start, 1100 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 302, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

VOLUNTEER: We need A LOT of help to assist with drop and drive sites and to sort and distribute supplies during the week of August 12. Starting June 1st, individuals may view and sign up for volunteer opportunities online at VOLUNTEERSROCK.ORG or below.

SAVE THE DATES: Collection begins June 1, 2017. Registration Forms are due by Friday, July 28, 2017. School supplies and clothing will be distributed on Saturday, August 12, 2017!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center at 715-341-6740 or email

Registration is open!

For Eligible Families:

For Collection Partners (Businesses & Organizations):


For Volunteers:

Many volunteer opportunities available.


Other Important Links:

  • Project Fresh Clothes
    Clothing Drop Off Locations & Information
















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