The United Way of Putnam County recently named Eric Wolfe to be its 4Community Coordinator. Wolfe is originally from Brazil and is a graduate of DePauw University.
"Eric has the community-building experience we were looking for in the 4Community Coordinator," said Elaine Peck, Executive Director of the United Way. "I am confident in his abilities to facilitate this effort with our local agencies and community leaders."
Wolfe served as the Esecutive Director of the National Youth Directions Council in Washington, D.C., and as the Coordinator for the Clay County Youth As Resources program in Brazil. He also has worked for U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and the National 4-H Council.
President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and the Points of Light Foundation have recognized him for his community service efforts.
"I am excited about this opportunity being close to my hometown and look forward to the positive impact to be made," Wolfe said. "I hope my experiences will be helpful in coordinating this important community eff-ort."
Initially, a group of Putnam County organizations united and are contributing financially to the 4Community initiative, which is similar to the 4Community group in Clay County.
These organizations are the Banner Graphic, DePauw University, Great-er Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, Greencastle/ Putnam County Development Center, Putnam County Community Foundation, the United Way of Putnam County and Vectren Energy Delivery. The financial support raised locally has been matched five to one by Lilly Endowment Inc.
4Community will build upon previous efforts and current activities in the area to increase effectiveness. The initiative is in its early state of compiling community research re-garding the county's top concerns, the kind of work being done in those areas and possible solutions to tackle those issues. Collaboration and communication are essential. Throughout the next six months, 4Community will create an action plan for Putnam County with the help of community leaders and organizations.
The Clay County 4Community program is nearing completion, with suggested objectives and action plans soon to be in the hands of the Clay County 4Community steering committee.
Wolfe can be reached at 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, or by e-mail at
or by calling (765) 653-5638.