Nov. 20, 2020
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
Watch the 2020 Giving From the Heart Volunteer Awards
More than 30 individuals and groups were nominated for this year’s volunteer awards in three categories - individual, group and youth.
It was a great event celebrating these local heroes who serve those in need in Catawba County every day. Click on the Video above or HERE to see who won the awards and to see all those great nominated volunteers. Thank You.
Our last Finalist has been drawn - Winner announced Dec. 16
Congratulations to this week's Catawba County United Way's Fair Share Car Giveaway Finalist - Gena Barnhardt.
Previous week's finalists:
1-Tyler Garrison - Catawba County HR
2-Tom McNeely - Family Guidance Center
3-Soraya Place - Catawba County Library
4-Windy Kathal - Shurtape Technologies
5-John Rollins - CertainTeed
6-Marilyn Johnson - Hickory High
7-Amy Hedrick - Publix Lake Hickory Crossings
8-Rebeca Tanner - Catawba Co. Schools
9-Sarah Shumate - Catawba Co. DSS
The winner will be announced on Dec. 16 from Paramount Automotive in Hickory. The Catawba County United Way would like to thank Paramount Automotive for donating a car again for this event and to thank Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs for drawing the names each week.
Along with giving away a new car, the event helps raise awareness about the impact the United Way has in Catawba County through local programs that address needs in the areas of education, income and health.
To learn how your company can host a United Way Campaign and to be eligible to participate in the Fair Share Car Giveaway visit's never too late to become a community hero. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.
United Way helps with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
During the Faces of Homelessness event - We had some great guest speakers talking about all the local programs to help those facing hunger and homelessness in Catawba County - The Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, City of Hickory Police Dept. and Life House Rescue Mission. We also had a chance to hear from local residents facing homelessness.
Click on the image above or HERE to watch the video on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who participated and watched.
Help with the Christmas Bureau Coat Drive
Along with toys and clothing, The Salvation Army also sponsors a coat drive for the Christmas Bureau every year. The collection will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 9.
The Catawba County Christmas Bureau is a collaborative eort among many Catawba County agencies and organizations to provide toys, clothing and coats to children and teenagers in need of assistance during the Christmas season.
Last year, 750 coats were collected during the coat drive and this year the goal is 1,500. Children’s coats are especially needed.
Coats can be dropped off at the following locations:
A Cleaner World - 1009 2nd St. NE in Hickory,
Professional Cleaners – 133 3rd St. NW in Hickory,
Professional Cleaners – 1041 16th St. NE in Hickory,
Professional Cleaners – 232 S. Main St. in Newton,
Quality Cleaners & Laundry – 1170 S. Center St. in Hickory,
Wyke's Cleaners – 1413 2nd St. NE in Hickory,
Modern Cleaners – 113 E. B St. in Newton,
CV Cleaners – 508-1 10th St. NW in Conover,
Catawba County United Way – 2760 Tate Blvd SE in Hickory.
For more information contact The Salvation Army at 828-322-8061.
Watch the video above more details.
Need help getting a paying your electric bill? Call 211.
In the last 30 days, NC 211 received more than 170 calls for help from Catawba County.
There were 26 calls about rent assistance, 13 calls about shelters, 14 calls about
low-cost housing, 25 calls about help with electric bills and 5 calls for COVID-19 testing/treatment information. Remember, if you need help, call 211 or click on the image above.
For more than 75 years, the Catawba County United Way has been dedicated to increasing the capacity of people to help others. To learn more about the CCUW's mission contact us at 828-327-6851 or visit