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United Way meets campaign goal on last day

Marshalltown Area United Way reached its campaign goal of $780,000 on Friday – the last day of the campaign.

Executive Director Nancy Steveson said despite the unusual year 2020 was, Marshalltown residents proved themselves to be truly generous.

It was a great way for Steveson to retire from her role. Kendra Sorenson will be the new executive director at the beginning of February.

“We are very excited to meet the goal,” she said. “In light of COVID, and after the derecho – we are still displaced from that – we are just ecstatic to meet this goal.”

Following the August derecho, United Way was moved from the Fisher Community Center, which was condemned. Since then, the organization has been operating out of a space in the old YMCA building.

“We did not know what was going to happen to the campaign after that, but we still had the success,” Steveson said.

Normally, the United Way increases the annual campaign goal, but Steveson said the board opted to keep the 2019 $780,000 goal. Otherwise, it might not have been met.

Next week, she said the money will be dispersed amongst the various agencies, such as ACCESS, Marshalltown Youth Foundation and YSS of Marshall County.

Steveson said she was happy to announce the incoming Campaign Co-Chairs — Kris and Shannon Naughton of ServiceMaster. The 2021 Campaign will begin in March.

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