BRATTLEBORO -- Ben Underhill, President of Putnam Insurance, has been "living United" for 30 years -- giving his time, talent and financial resources, advocating on behalf of children, and volunteering wherever and whenever he's needed.
His history with United Way of Windham County goes back just as far, first as a donor through workplace campaigns at WKVT and then Putnam Insurance, and now being tapped as the community campaign chair. The annual community campaign has a goal to raise $400,000 to support health, opportunity, prosperity, and education initiatives in Windham County. Through early "pacesetter" campaigns at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Retreat Healthcare and Windham Southeast Supervisory union, more than $111,000 has already been raised.
The campaign officially kicks-off at United Way of Windham County's Day of Caring, a countywide volunteer service event on Saturday, Sept. 6.
"It takes all kinds of people to make a community -- find your niche," said Underhill. "Volunteering is how I met a lot of people my age. Being encouraged to connect with people through my jobs at WKVT and then Putnam Insurance helped me and it helped my employers. People who are connected to their community are more apt to stay."
Through the years, Ben has coached baseball, been involved with the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, supported Big Brothers Big Sisters through its Bowl for Kids' Sake event, and is now an advisory team member to the Get on Board program sponsored by Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, which matches young adults with non-profit board service and leadership development opportunities.
Even while Ben is frustrated that his physical health does not allow him to do more, he contributes to his community in every way he can. He is a committed, dedicated steward of the public's trust.
"I want people to know that United Way of Windham County has integrity, you can trust where your money is going and that your contributions are going to have maximum impact," he said.
To join him in support of United Way of Windham County, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org or call 802-257-4011.