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113 Court Street
P.O. Box 472
Ottawa , Ohio 45875



"To increase the organized capacity for the people of Putnam County to care for one another."

Putnam County volunteers are working together to raise funds for a wide range of programs and services that serve our own friends and neighbors.  This is our 27th year in partnering with local agencies and contributors.

The most important part of the United Way campaign is the workplace campaign.

Companies and organizations of any size can participate.  By staying involved in this community building system, the following 39 companies and organizations are promoting employee morale and teamwork and good community relations…"Neighbor Helping Neighbor".

Acme Machine, American Red Cross, Bank of Leipsic, Continental School, Crime Victim Services, FLR Insurance, Ft. Jennings School, First Bank of Ottawa, Fortman Insurance, Glandorf Elementary School, Iams Company, Kahle Electric,  Kahle Langhals Ready Mix, KMI, Kuhlman Builders,  Leipsic Schools, Miller City Shools, , Northwest Physical Therapy, Ottawa-Glandorf Schools, Ottoville School, PT Services, Palpac Industries, Pandora Gilboa Schools, Pro-Tec, Putnam Acres, Putnam County Co. on Aging, Putnam County courthouse employees, Put. Co. Educational Service Center , Put. Co. Health Dept., Put. Co Home Health & Hospice, Schroeder & Co. CPA, Sky Bank, Socar of Ohio, St. Rita's Ambulatory Care, The Pizzeria, Unverferth Mfg., Union Bank, Walmart, W.C. Wood Co.



To qualify for membership in the United Way of Putnam County , organizations must be non-profit, serving Putnam County people, and governed by a board of volunteers.  After qualifying for funding, the agency participates in the fall campaign and helps promote the concept of a combined local campaign.  Each year agencies must reapply for membership.  Operating budgets and funding requests are submitted to the United Way Allocations Committee for study and evaluation.  This step in the process is often referred to as the “Citizens’ Review”.  The Allocations Committee's recommendations are then presented to the United Way Board of Directors for final approval.

In 2003, the United Way membership consists of these 23 local agencies:

American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Crime Victim Services, First Call for Help, Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge, Hilty Child Care, Leipsic Senior Citizens, Ottawa Food Pantry, Ottawa Senior Center, Pathways Counseling Center, Putnam County Association for Retarded Citizens, Putnam County Council on Aging, Putnam County Home Health Agency, Putnam County Hospice, Putnam County YMCA, PSA3 Agency on Aging- Alzheimer’s Respite, Salvation Army, Teenline, West Ohio Food Bank




·        The United Way is present in 1,400 communities throughout the U.S.   Each is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers.


·        During the annual citizen-review process, local volunteers assess community needs and determine how to distribute funds so that donors know their money is serving the most pressing community issues, reaching the people who are most in need.


·        Because of the volunteer system of fund raising and the efficiency of corporate payroll deduction, overhead or operating expenses of United Way average only 12 to 15% of all funds raised throughout the country.  This low figure compares favorably with the suggested Better Business Bureau guidelines of up to 35 percent.


·        United Ways pay annual dues to the national service and training center, United Way of America .  This organization supports local United Ways through a national advertising campaign, regional training and workshops, research, corporate donor programs, networking and government relations.  United Way of America does not raise or distribute funds or influence the policies of local United Ways .





Safety Net- Each partner agency has the reassurance that the United Way has the capability to provide them with financial stability in times of emergency, natural disaster, and unexpected increases in requests for service.  This safety net is known as the "Emergency Reserve Fund".  Each year, these funds are available as one-time grants or start-up monies to qualifying agencies.  The Board of Directors considers these emergency funding requests on a case by case basis. In 2003, a total of $16,142 was disbursed to 7 of the United Way agencies. 


The United Way of Putnam County oversees several thousand dollars in crisis assistance funds each year. "Emergency Food and Shelter”, a FEMA grant, and "Adult Emergency Assistance", a ODJFS program, provides assistance to Putnam County families and individuals in times of crisis.  In 2003, a total of $8,611 was allocation to 8 local crisis assistance provider agencies.


Volunteer Network-The United Way promotes volunteerism by advertising current needs of partner agencies.  An up-to-date list of volunteer needs is maintained at all times to match individuals with appropriate volunteer positions.  Each year, one person is chosen as "Putnam County Volunteer of the Year" and given special recognition at the Annual Business Meeting and Celebration in January.


Public Awareness-Do you know what types of service are available to the needy in Putnam County ?  Do you know what it takes to maintain each of these services?  Who qualifies for service?  Often a non-profit agency's financial needs are reflective of a need for public awareness.  A common phrase used by our agencies is, " If only people knew what we are doing for the community…"  An educated society is a generous society.  When people understand that the most vital services are run on shoestring budgets and still have a tremendous impact on our community, they become proud to be a part of the support system know as United Way . 


Integrity, Leadership, Stewardship, Volunteerism, and Cooperation

These are the core values of the volunteers, the representatives of this community responsible for the management of the affairs of the United Way of Putnam County .  


Call the United Way at 419-523-4061 or email us at unitedway@bright.net if you

  • have comments or questions
  • want to get involved
  • want to run an employee campaign


Learn more about United Way or local social service agencies
at the following links.

www.unitedway.org - www.ouw.org www.firstcallnwo.org


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