OVER 500 VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF CARING
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - On September 10th, United Way of Marshall County kicked off its Annual Day of Caring and Campaign Kick-off Breakfast at the First Baptist Church of Albertville with over 400 community members in attendance. Day of Caring is United Way’s largest one-day volunteer event and brings community volunteers face-to-face with local nonprofit agencies and community organizations. More than 500 volunteers came together this year from over 70 companies and organizations throughout Marshall County to collectively change our community for the better by donating their time and a multitude of supplies to complete 91 projects. In addition, 18 companies held a Casual Day as a way of supporting Day of Caring by making the event t-shirts available to their employees.
Day of Caring sponsors included: Peoples Independent Bank, Tyson, Edward Jones, Howard Bentley Buick GMC, Kappler, Total Dental Care, Publix, First Bank Mortgage, Progress Rail, Allstate: Miguel Corona and Parker Hannifin.
Day of Caring also kicked off United Way’s fundraising campaign for 2019/2020. Campaign Co-chair Dr. Annette Cederholm announced this year’s campaign goal of $760,000. Thanks to 19 Pacesetter Companies, 41.3 percent or about $314,437 has already been pledged toward meeting this year’s goal. This year’s Pacesetter Companies include: Arab City Schools, Albertville City Schools, BancorpSouth, Boaz City Schools, BPI Media Group, Marshall County Schools, Paragon, Peoples Independent Bank, Progress Rail, Regions Bank, Snead State Community College, Syncro and United Way Partner Agencies. There were several Pacesetter Companies that achieved 100% participation: Benefit Professionals and 401K Safe, Citizens Bank & Trust, First Bank of Boaz, Guntersville City Schools, MDA Professional Group and Propac Images. United Way’s fundraising campaign will run through late November. All money raised stays in Marshall County and enables United Way and its partner agencies to provide assistance for local residents in need.
Every year, at Day of Caring, a different United Way partner agency or program is highlighted so that those in attendance may hear firsthand how their United Way donations are directly impacting families and children in our community. This year, Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates (CAJA) had the opportunity to speak about the services they provide to children in Marshall County. CAJA Director, Lesley Kubik, long-time volunteer, Judy McMurry, District Judge Jay Mastin and District Judge Zach Ross spoke about how this agency has positively impacted the lives of many children and youth in our community, and how contributions to United Way help make a significant difference for these individuals.
“With this event, we hope to increase awareness of the valuable services and programs provided by United Way agencies as well as provide an opportunity for donors to see firsthand how their contributions are impacting our community,” commented Executive Director Carrie Thomas. “We also hope that it will promote volunteerism in Marshall County. So many of these agencies rely on the support of volunteers. We are grateful to all of the companies, individuals and organizations that get involved with Day of Caring each year.”
Day of Caring Participating Companies, Organizations and Individuals:
Alabama Teachers Credit Union, Alatrade, Albertville City Schools, Arab Chamber Jr. Ambassadors, BancorpSouth, Benefit Professionals, Boaz Gifted Program, Branchwater Village, CASA of Marshall County, CDG Engineers & Associates, Child Advocacy Center, Citizens Bank & Trust, City of Albertville, City of Boaz, City of Guntersville, Clay Irrigation, Domestic Violence Crisis Services, Family Security Credit Union, First Bank of Boaz, Guntersville First United Methodist, Guntersville Water Board, Habitat for Humanity, HFI, HOPE United Methodist Church, Kappler, Marshall County 4-H Clubs, Marshall County Arc, Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Marshall County Commission, Marshall County DHR, Marshall County Probate Office, Mitchell Grocery, McLaughlin, Edmondson & Hicks, Neighbors Wealth Management, Nugent and Co, Paragon, Parker, Peoples Bank of Alabama, Peoples Independent Bank, Progress Rail, Propac Images, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Regions Bank, Shepherd's Cove Hospice, Snobiz of Albertville, Sunrise Rotary, Syncro, The Sand Mountain Reporter, The Schools of Guntersville, Total Dental Care, Tyson Foods, Vantage Bank, Weathers Hardware & Appliance, Wells Fargo, Woodforest National Bank, WQSB/POWER FM 107.5 and Youth Advocate Programs.