To the editor:

Living in Putnam County gives residents, young and old, a sense of belonging, a connection with family, friends, neighbors and the community. We are fortunate to live in a community that prides itself on helping our own and pulls together to lend a helping hand when our neighbors need it the most. One way to help our fellow neighbor is by making a contribution to the Putnam County United Way Annual Campaign. Giving through the United Way is the most powerful way to touch the lives of a wide array of people and to address the diverse needs of the community. By supporting the Putnam County United Way, you will be supporting the elderly, youth development, disabled, cancer patients, crime victims, disaster relief, prevention services and so much more.

The Putnam County Council on Aging (PCCOA), a United Way member agency, has been receiving United Way funding since 1979. Currently, the PCCOA uses the United Way allocation to help enhance our Senior Transportation Program. Because of the United Way, the PCCOA was able to provide over 9500 trips to 4300 riders in 2015. Without the support from the community through United Way, Putnam County residents, age 60 and better would have limited transportation options for vital medical appointments and essential errands.

Since I see first-hand the difference United Way makes, I am asking you to please consider a gift to the Putnam County United Way. Your contribution does make a difference and 100 percent stays local. Your contribution, no matter the size, will touch many lives and address many needs. Together we can achieve more and make Putnam County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Jodi Warnecke,

Executive Director, Putnam County Council on Aging