The goal of the Catawba County United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others. A direct way to accomplish this is through volunteer opportunities.
Below are the United Way's Annual Volunteer Events the CCUW will host or contribute to this year.
January – Point in Time Count: Plan donation drives to help fund and to gather items needed to hand out to individuals during the event. Volunteers needed to sort and separate items for three sites used in count.
March – Community Grant Allocations: Each year Catawba County United Way invites a panel of community leaders to participate in the annual Community Investment (Budget and Allocations) process. This process allows volunteers to assess the agency’s programs against CCUW criteria for funding. In addition to ensuring fair and equitable funding, panel members also have the opportunity to learn more about health and human services in our community.
April – Annual Food Drive: United Way’s collection of non-perishable food items for local soup kitchens and food pantries. Volunteers needed to help get the word out about the drive and to sort and pack collected items.
June – Days of Caring: This is the United Way’s annual community outreach project. Volunteers are recruited for various projects at local non-profits, including grounds keeping, interior painting and cleaning, fleet vehicle washing/cleaning, after-school reading projects.
August – School Supply/Hygiene Drive: local companies/organizations are invited to encourage their employees to hold an in-house school supply and hygiene collection drive. This program benefits students in all three public school systems in Catawba County. Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack items after they’re donated.
October – Annual United Way Cross Country meet: While this was an athletic competition, its other focus is on encouraging the young competitors to find ways to positively impact their community with service projects. Volunteers are needed to help with checking in teams and distributing team packets as well as preparing team meals during the event.
December – Catawba County Christmas Bureau: Provides holiday assistance to local families in need. Volunteers are needed to sort, pack and distribute gifts, clothing, coats, and food vouchers during the event to families.
To Learn more about local volunteer opportunities visit the Catawba County Volunteer Center at THIS LINK or call John Bailey at 828-327-6851.