July 31, 2020
News & Resources
Where can families find child care heading into the new school year?
Catawba County United Way reached out to the Catawba County Partnership for Children (a CCUW funded partner) to get a picture of what child care is looking like for families. They provided the following information.
• 53 programs are currently open, serving infants through school-age children, in addition to a few license-exempt summer camps for school-agers.

Still time to help Stuff the Bus
It's not too late to help local families in need. Support the CCUW's Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. Donations benefit students in all three public schools districts in Catawba County.
Drop off supplies at the United Way office on Tate Blvd. in Hickory by Monday, Aug. 3.
You can also donate on the Catawba County United Way's Facebook page.

Still have questions about the new school year?
Help with cooling bills
Funding is now available to help Catawba County residents in crisis pay heating or cooling bills or secure heating or cooling resources from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).
Households may qualify for CIP assistance if they are behind on payment for their primary heating or cooling source; do not have timely and appropriate assistance available from another source; and do not have the resources to meet the expense.

County receives millions for COVID-19 relief
Governor Roy Cooper announced on July 30 that an additional $150 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties has been disbursed this week. These funds are from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) .
Catawba County will receive $5.9 million with a first round allocation amount of $2.8 million.

Local agency resources - food, shelter, bills
UPDATE: Catawba County Food Resources – Beginning June 8 Catawba County Schools will provide free meals to students 18 and younger.

Housing tops 211 requests for help
Help with housing and shelter topped the calls to 211 from Catawba County the last two weeks.
There were 25 total calls made, with rental assistance (12) and shelters (5) making up the bulk of those. Healthcare was the next biggest request with 11 calls. Five of those were related specifically to COVID-19.
Overall, NC 211 received 79 calls for help from Catawba County between July 17 and July 30.
Remember if you or anyone you know needs help call 211 - the health and human services information line provided by United Way of North Carolina.
Also visit nc211.org to search for local resources.
Catawba County United Way is one of several community partners who help fund this program.

For information about Catawba County United Way please contact us at 828-327-6851 or visit  ccunitedway.com .