For the City Times
Nearly 4,000 Portage County households were randomly selected to participate in a LIFE (Local Indicators for Excellence) survey being conducted by community partners in order to provide comparison results to the 2012 survey.
Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, Portage County Health and Human Services and United Way of Portage County are the community partners supporting this project. An in-depth LIFE Report was published in 2012, and the purpose of the 2015 survey is to develop comparison results. The 2012 LIFE Report has served as a resource and centralized source of data to non-profit organizations, policy makers, government entities, faith-based organizations, foundations, corporations and more.
The survey was mailed in a yellow envelope. “It is important for residents to complete the survey because results provide important data and assist our communities in focusing on what changes are needed to improve the quality of life,” said Sue Wilcox, executive director of United Way of Portage County.
By tracking this data the community partners listed above can effectively address key priorities, she said, noting good survey response rate is critical to compile accurate information and data that isn’t available from other sources. Participants will have a chance to win one of four $25 Portage County gift certificates.
The combined survey responses will be used by local organizations. United Way serves as the fiscal agency for this community project. For more information regarding the survey, please contact Sue Wilcox of United Way at 715-341-6740, Angie Heuck of Ministry Saint Michael’s at 715-346-5337, or Gary Garske of Portage County Health & Human Services at 715-345-5350.