United Way Still Needs Community's Help To Reach Goal


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   - January 27, 2015     


GUNTERSVILLE, Ala….United Way of Marshall County is closing in on its goal of $725,000 for the 2014/2015 campaign year, but it still needs the community’s help.  To date, the organization has raised upwards of $668,189 reaching 92 percent of its overall goal.  United Way of Marshall County helps to support 21 local nonprofit agencies and programs.  These agencies provide direct services to Marshall County residents in need.  In order to ensure United Way and its partners are able to continue providing these valuable services, it is important that this year’s campaign goal be met.  In 2014, more than 33,000 local residents used United Way partner agencies and programs to improve their lives.  

 “We only have a short time to reach our goal for this campaign and all indicators show that we are going to come up a bit short,” commented Campaign Chair Steve Marshall.  “When considering whether to donate to this year’s campaign, think of your loved ones and those around you that have used and benefitted from one of these services. For example, if you have a friend or family member who has been a victim of domestic violence, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Kelley’s Rainbow shelter is there to help.  If you have a loved one who is in the last stages of life, Hospice of Marshall County provides critical assistance.  Look at your own life, look at the lives of your family and friends and coworkers and you know somebody whose life has been changed by one of these agencies.”

In order for donations to count toward this year’s goal, United Way is asking that all contributions or pledges be made by Thursday, February 26, which is the date the organization will be holding its Annual Meeting and Campaign Celebration.  The final report of funds raised to date will be reported to the community at the event which will be held in the auditorium at the Progress Rail Services Operations Center in Albertville. 

“By contributing to the United Way of Marshall County, you’re supporting all 21 agencies at the same time if you choose to donate to our general fund,” said United Way Executive Director Jeannie Lyle.  “Or you can designate your money to a particular organization.  You can help so many different people with one contribution.”

Other organizations supported by United Way include 211/First Call for Help, 4-H Clubs of Marshall County, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, CASA, CAJA, Child Advocacy Center, Child Development Centers, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Family Services of North Alabama, Food Bank of North Alabama, Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Marshall County ARC, Marshall County Home Place, Meals on Wheels, RSVP Tax Prep Program, Shepherd’s Cove, The Salvation Army, TVFS/Ogden House Shelter. 

For more information or if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact the United Way office at (256) 582-4700, visit their website at www.unitedwaymarshall.org or send your pledge directly to United Way of Marshall County at 709 Blount Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976.  

Gifts are used right here in Marshall County to address critical needs for quality health and human service programs.  United Way’s allocation committee and board of directors work to ensure that the community’s gifts are invested wisely in proven programs that are meeting the most pressing needs right here in our community. 

For more than 40 years, United Way in Marshall County has helped enrich community life by addressing critical issues.  Volunteers and donors research the needs of the community and develop strategies for assisting people who need it most, including children, families, and individuals.  United Way of Marshall County provides funding for 21 partner agencies and programs that ensure the efficient use of donor dollars.  Please visit our website at www.unitedwaymarshall.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitedwayofmarshallcounty.