Marilyn Calvelage, Ottoville, was honored by United Way of Putnam County during their annual business meeting as the volunteer of the year. She shows one of numerous gifts she received from a family she helped as a volunteer. - Putnam Sentinel
Marilyn Calvelage, Ottoville, was honored by United Way of Putnam County during their annual business meeting as the volunteer of the year. She shows one of numerous gifts she received from a family she helped as a volunteer. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA – Marilyn Calvelage, Ottoville, was honored as the volunteer of the year during Thursday’s annual business meeting of the United Way of Putnam County. Hosted at The Red Pig Inn, Ottawa, the meeting included recognition of employee and corporate giving during the 2018-19 campaign. The top ten campaigns were also honored.

Dr. Jan Osborn, campaign chairperson, thanked everyone for their hard work during this year’s campaign. Fifteen partner agencies will receive allocations from the United Way of Putnam County. The local agency also supports two in-house programs including the Fighting Hunger Program and Imagination Library.

Calvelage brought a box filled with special “treasures” that reminded her of the reason for volunteering. The box included items that had been given to her by a family at Christmas following a time when she helped the family by providing them services of area agencies. “Marilyn embodies the spirit of volunteerism,” said Jan Fuettner, United Way director. “She has given countless hours to United Way’s Stuff the Bus, Back-to-School Giveaway and Imagination Library programs.” Fuettner said. Calvelage also helped with United Way’s campaign efforts and kick-off event.

“Marilyn takes to heart the idea of neighbor helping neighbor,” Fuettner said. “United Way is so blessed to have volunteers like Marilyn.”

PRO-TEC Coating Company, Leipsic, was honored as the top campaign fundraiser, having raised $36,024 for United Way of Putnam County.

The other nine top campaigns honored included Whirlpool Corporation, Unverferth Manufacturing, Kalida Manufacturing Inc., The Union Bank Company, Ottawa Oil Company, First Federal Bank, Fortman Insurance Services, Knueve & Sons Inc and Columbus Grove School District.

Kalida School was the winner of the employee per capita campaign trophy for schools. They have won this award every year since it was initiated.

This year’s campaign raised $376,921.87.

Aaron Baumgartner, Pathways executive director, has agreed to be the campaign chairperson for the 2019 campaign.