Kathy Schroeder, United Way Board member, and Jeanne Beutler, United Way of Putnam County director, were busy Friday, assisting First Federal Bank during their Pacesetter event on Friday. It included washing windows at the drive-thrus and handing out information about United Way. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Kathy Schroeder, United Way Board member, and Jeanne Beutler, United Way of Putnam County director, were busy Friday, assisting First Federal Bank during their Pacesetter event on Friday. It included washing windows at the drive-thrus and handing out information about United Way. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
PUTNAM COUNTY - Mike Schumaker said there has been a tremendous start to the United Way of Putnam County 2013 campaign. Schumaker is this year's campaign chairperson for this years campaign.

Speaking at the kick-off on Thursday, Schumaker said they had already raised $70,000 toward the goal of $300,000. This year's campaign will provide funds for 16 agencies and in-house United Way programs.

The theme "Picture Putnam County United" will be used to raise awareness about how the funds are used locally, stated executive director Jeanne Beutler.

Recognized as Pacesetters were Pro-Tec in Leipsic, Fortman Insurance in Ottawa and Bluffton, First Federal Bank in Ottawa and Glandorf, and KMI in Kalida. The Pacesetters hold early events to raise awareness and funds for United Way.

"Putnam County has the benefit of having a great network of human services agencies sharing this mission, but their success depends upon the support of local citizens," said Schumaker.

Beutler said they plan to do more face to face campaigning with businesses and industry this year.

"It's important that people understand that what is raised here, stays here," said Beutler.

She also said one of the missions they support, Imagination Library, will have been in the county ten years this month. "We plan to do something special to celebrate this anniversary," Beutler said.