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CORONAVIRUS Disease: What You Should Know/Frequently Asked Questions

Updates from CDC  (Click here for the latest news on the Coronavirus from the CDC)
Updates from ADPH (Click here for the latest news on the Coronavirus in Alabama from the Alabama Department of Public Health)

What You Should Know (FAQs)
How is it spread?

  • Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For confirmed coronavirus disease cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of coronavirus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.  
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask *.  CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.

* Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).



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United Way's Annual Meeting, April 10

Regions Bank Receives Excellence in Service Award

Our Excellence in Service Award is our highest honor and goes to a company that runs a consistent model campaign.  They volunteer at United Way and our partner agencies throughout the year.  Their employees have served on the Board, served as Past Presidents, the Building Committee, Allocations Committee and various roles on the campaign.  They are sponsors of the Girlfriend Gala, Golf Tournament and KinderCamp.  78% of their employees give to United Way.  They have 5 Leadership givers and an average employee gift of $361!  We are so thankful to them and want to congratulate our Excellence in Service Award winners – Regions Bank.                    Click here for The Gadsden Times story




United Way Announces $1.4M Reached!
On November 10 at Convention Hall, the volunteers for United Way's 2017-2018 Campaign revealed the amount pledged by donors.    
Jackie Edmondson, Campaign Chair, thanked everyone for their contributions on behalf of the many people served by United Way's partner agencies.  She also thanked all the volunteers - the Campaign Cabinet members, Loaned Executives and their companies, Employee Campaign Coordinators and others - for their efforts working on this year's campaign to ensure our community gets the resources to help others.
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Etowah County.  We win by living United. Not for United Way, but for the 27 partner agencies and programs funding by United Way.  For the 50,000 plus people helped by United Way and its partner agencies.  For our community. United we do more good!

See Photos at The Gadsden Times


Rockin' Campaign Kicks Off with Great Results

United Way's 2017 Campaign kicked off with a fun, 80's theme set to rock music.  The cabinet volunteers were introduced in a video as a rock band - to include their groupies.  The Pacesetter results gave the campaign a good head start!  

See the Cabinet Volunteers ready to rock!

The Pacesetter Companies have ROCKED the campaign so far.  We have some aweson numbers to share:

Alabama Power never disappoints.  They have given $52,485 which is up 5% with 1 new leadership giver which now totals 6 leadership givers.  Thank you Alabama Power!
•    The Attalla City Schools celebrating the campaign with an Eclipse Party and increased their giving by 17% this year raising $7,000.
•    Cadence Bank is not only 100% in participation but every single giver is a fair share giver which is 1 hours pay per month.  They also give at $348 per capita.
•    Dana Snyder and Mike Hilton at the City of Gadsden pulled a lot of long hours and lots of rallies to rock their campaign.  They have 92 new givers for a total of $41,482.  Great job!
•    The Etowah County Schools are reporting a partial total of $32,717.  Of their schools, Sardis High School increased giving by 23%, Southside Elementary School is up 39% and Whitesboro Elementary is up 28%.  Thank you to Dr. Cosby, Kim Reed and our Loaned Executives for doing some great rallies!
•    Not to be outdone, the Gadsden City Schools are reporting $36,617 which is up 2.4%.  Eura Brown Elementary is 100% participation and increased giving 14%!!  Striplin Elementary is up 34% and Gadsden Middle School also increased 16%.  Thank you Gadsden City Schools!
•    HeadStart also increased this year with a total of $2,132.  Thanks for the great participation.
•    Hindsman, PC is always a leader in the Pacesetter campaign.  This year, they are 100% in participation with 3 leadership givers but most impressive is a per capita giving of $741.  Thank     you to this family and group of employees.  Their total is $8,901.
•    Life Insurance Company of Alabama is rocking this year.  They have 42 fair share givers and 4 leadership givers for a total of $14,672.
•    River Bank and Trust is keeping the party going with 100% participation and $501 per capita giving.  Thanks to Peter Cabrer and Robyn Phillips for hosting tours and leading this campaign.
•    Riverview Regional Medical Center just started their campaign yesterday and with one meeting raised $6,738 and has 2 new leadership givers.  They are off to a great start!
•    Southern Data Automation is reporting a partial total of $7,000 and will be running their campaign next week.
•    The Chamber staff are the rock stars with the 6th year of 100% participation and with 3 Leadership givers.  Their total is $2,564.  Don’t they look like rock stars too!!
•    The United Way staff has 5 leadership givers.  They gave $6,233 and will be auctioning off the commemorative eclipse glasses after our meeting today.
•    For our headlining company on this concert tour, Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Associates and USW Local 12L has surpassed all goals!!  Thanks to Tom Strother and his team of Leigh Anne Fulenwider, Kimberly Gunter, Blake New and rock star solicitors, they have increased giving by $32,000, increased participation from 58% to 63%, increased to 52 Leadership givers for a grand total of $300,015!!  Thank you Tim Davis for inspiring the Goodyear & plant and leading hot dog sales, big board sales, agency tours, and gate greets.  You truly ROCK!

For our grand total . . . our Pacesetter campaign has raised $559,891!  This is 39% of our goal and added 23 new leadership givers. 

THANK YOU to all who have been involved – employee company coordinators, loaned executives, cabinet members and the employees who make it all happen.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company & USW Local 12L  Topped the charts with $300,015  

READ & SEE MORE FROM The Gadsden Times


United Way's Annual MeetingJoanne Hightower with Tom & Charlotte McKenzie

United Way's Annual Meeting was held April 12, at the Pitman Theatre.  Each year, we report to the community by way of our annual meeting as a way to say "Thank You" to our donors.  

This year's meeting recognized many people as well as the companies whose employees give to United Way. The Rising Star Award was given to Koch Foods. Publix was given the New Company Award, and Hindsman, PC received the Excellence in Service Award.

Joanne Hightower, Executive Director, recognized Tom McKenzie with the first Tom McKenzie Community Impact Award.



Pacesetter Results Announced at United Way Kickoff

United Way's kickoff had a lot in store for all. The "Pirates of the Campaign" - actually, the campaign cabinet members, were introduced beginning with Shane Ellison as Chair,  Jackie Edmondson, Pacesetter Chair, Tena King, Day of Action and Retail Chair, Bob Guyton, Leadership Giving Chair, Jay Hedgspeth, Commercial Chair, Felicia Simpson, Education Chair, Sarah Kathryn Haller, Financial Chair, Derrick Griffey, Government Employees Chair, Kayla Feazell, Health Institutions Chair, Wardrick Griffin, Health Professionals Chair, Lesli Bishop, Industrial Chair, Jenifer Grace, Nonprofit Chair, Bob Blount, Professionals Chair,and Kathy Russell, Residential Chair.

Tena King, Day of Action Chair, reported on June 14th, 568 volunteers completed 114 acts of kindness for 35 non-profits and schools all while wearing  red LIVE UNITED shirts. Over 2,200 hours of volunteer service were provided to this community for a value of $51,000.

Jackie Edmondson, Pacesetter chair, said she had an “incredible” report!

  • United Way’s Board of Directors gave an average gift of $1,147; 18 are Leadership Givers.
  • Alabama Power Company has an average gift is $224.18, with 5 Leadership Givers.
  • Cadence Bank had not only 100% participation but every single employee is a Fair Share Giver, which is 1 hour’s pay per month;  and they are all Loyal Contributors, meaning they have been giving to United Way for 10 or more years!
  • The City of Gadsden had a 20% increase!  Their average gift is $146.
  • Etowah County Schools are reporting a partial of $21,124.
  • Gadsden City Schools is also reporting a partial of $25,313.
  • Head Start has a participation rate of 63%.
  • Hindsman, PC has a 90% participation rate and an average gift of $819. They have 2 Leadership Givers.
  • Life Insurance Company of Alabama has an average gift of $255 and 84% participation rate.
  • River Bank & Trust had 100% participation, 2 Leadership Givers and an average gift of $525.80.
  • Southern Data Automation had 100% participation and an average gift of $770.75.
  • The Chamber had a 34% increase, 100% participation for the fifth year, and an average gift of $553.50, with 1 new Leadership Giver.  
  • United Way of Etowah County employees had a 13% increase with an average gift of $765.63. They have 6 Leadership Givers.
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has 43 Leadership Givers—the most of any company.   They have an average gift of $270 with a total of $272,826.

The Pacesetter Campaign had raised $523,632 which is 37% of the campaign. A huge “Thank You” goes out to all who has made this possible!  See more in The Gadsden Times link here.

United Way's Success By 6 Provides Kinder Camp to Help Kindergarteners Prepare for School

Kinder Camp Program Expanded to Three Rural Schools

West End, Duck Springs and Ivalee Elementary Schools Welcome Kinder Camp Program


Did you see RED June 17, 2016? 

United Way Day of Action Volunteers at Work

Check Out the Link Below to See More Day of Action Volunteers





United Way meets, slightly exceeds 2014 goal

Members of the Campaign Cabinet announce the total at the United Way of Etowah County's Campaign Victory Celebration at Conventional Hall in Gadsden, Ala. on November 13, 2014.
Eric T. Wright | The Gadsden Times


By Donna Thornton
Times Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.


Thanks to contributors throughout the county, United Way of Etowah County made 101.1 percent of its 2014 goal, a total of $1,380,353.


This year’s campaign had a superhero theme, as the “Justice League of Etowah County” led the effort.


“The real heroes are here,” campaign Chairman Kevin Phillips told those gathered Thursday for United Way’s celebration luncheon. “Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide funding to our 29 member agencies.”


Among the fundraising divisions, the industrial division was the top giver, making 100 percent of its goal of $509,165. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and USW Local 12 provided $260,574 of that total with 63 percent participation. The company has 41 leadership givers who donate $1,000 or more.


Second only to the industrial division, United Way’s leadership campaign brought in a total of $359,316, making up 26.1 percent of the money pledged. This year’s United Way leaders had a 6 percent increase over last year’s giving; 25 new givers; $27,896 in new money; and 236 leadership givers.


The government employees division posted a 23 percent increase over its goal with a total of $80,179. The commercial division beat its goal by 7.1 percent with a total of $87,799.


The education division exceeded its goal by 3.5 percent with a total of $127,804. The residential division brought in 1.6 percent more than its goal with a total of $45,190, and the health institutions division was 1 percent over its goal with $180,179.




Read the Kindercamp article


Day of Action Video


United Way Worldwide Day of Action Video includes Gadsden, Alabama!


40 Years of Giving Comes Back