Lima, Ohio (WIMA) - The United Way of Greater of Lima Pilot Companies kick off their fundraising campaigns on Thursday at PERRY ProTech.

Pilot companies are businesses that hold their United Way employee giving campaigns over a month before the general campaign begins in order to build momentum.

The annual- community wide campaign will begin on September 14th- at which time the Pilots will report their campaign results.

Results will be reported in terms of number of lives touched- instead of the amount of money raised.