More than 500 volunteers dedicated time to help the numerous agencies of United Way of Marshall County on Tuesday as part of the 22nd annual Day of Caring.

Before several businesses and volunteers went to work for organizations in different parts of the county, Day of Caring was started with a campaign kickoff breakfast at First Baptist Church of Albertville with food provided by Huddle House.

During the breakfast, the 2019-2020 United Way Campaign’s co-chairwoman Annette Cederholm revealed organization’s fundraising goal was $760,000. She reported 41.3% of the goal ($314,437) had already been met thanks to the campaign pacesetters. Pacesetters are businesses that already committed to donating certain amount before the campaign officially began.

After spotlighting the work of the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates (CAJA), United Way of Marshall County Executive Director Carrie Thomas thanked businesses and volunteers for their continued support.

“Thank you all for being a part of the success … of all the agencies that United Way supports,” Thomas said. “We are excited about the lives that will be touched through the campaign we are officially kicking off today, and we are so grateful to all of you, to all of the campaign volunteers that have worked so hard to help get us to the point where we are today.”

With temperatures as high as 91 degrees, Thomas said it could have been the hottest Day of Caring event in its 22-year history, but it also was on track to be one of the largest events.

“There are over 500 volunteers from 70 companies and organizations that adopted 91 community service projects,” Thomas said. “In addition to the hands-on projects, we have 31 companies that have sponsored in-house collections and drives in order to provide our agencies with much needed office cleaning supplies, paper products and canned goods. And for those that could not be out of the workplace today, we have 18 companies that purchased T-shirts and will have a casual day in support of our event.”

United Way of Marshall County helps fund 22 nonprofit agencies and programs across the community. These programs primarily focus on education, financial stability and healthy living. The agencies and programs include:

• 2-1-1 First Call for Help

• 4-H Clubs of Marshall County

• American Red Cross

• Boy Scouts of America

• CAJA

• Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

• Child Advocacy Center

• Domestic Violence Crisis Services

• Family Services of North Alabama

• Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

• Marshall County Arc, Inc.

• Marshall County Child Development Centers

• Marshall County Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

• Marshall County Guardianship Program

• Marshall County Home Place

• Marshall County Homeless Ministries

• Meals on Wheels

• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Tax Preparation Program

• Shepherd’s Cove Hospice

• Shepherd’s Cove Hospice Camp HOPE

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