Aug. 21, 2020
News & Resources
Catawba County United Way, Shurtape partner in furniture giveaway
With everyone counting pennies these days, it was good timing and a generous moment at the end of July, when Shurtape Technologies gave away office furniture to nine local non-profits.
The company had opened a new distribution center in Catawba and wanted to find new homes for the furniture they were not taking with them. Shurtape reached out to the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) to help organize the giveaway. The CCUW announced the opportunity through its community partners network.
Overall, 62 items were picked up by the nine local non-profits: The Salvation Army, Sipes, Walk With Me, Family Guidance, Integrated Care of Hickory, Adult Life, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Cognitive Connection and Neighbors Network. The office furniture included office desks, conference tables, paintings, storage cabinets and chairs. 
United Way wraps up annual School Supply Drive
The Catawaba County United Way wrapped up its Stuff the Bus event this week and thanks all those who donated supplies or made a monetary donation.
We also thank all those volunteers who helped organize collections in their community and came out to help sort the items. This effort will benefit students in all three public school districts in Catawba County. The CCUW will deliver the supplies to the districts next week. The count isn’t complete, but so far, we have more than 3,000 items. Thank you again for being part of this annual collection. Your generosity is even more noteworthy during the current challenging times we live in…so Thank You Thank You. MORE PHOTOS HERE
How much does it cost to live in Catawba County?
The United Way of North Carolina recently released its Self-Sufficiency Study for 2020.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard highlights the growing gap between low wages and ever-increasing expenses, highlighting the economic “crunch” experienced by so many families today.
The Standard is calculated for over 700 family types for all North Carolina counties.
Visit the CCUW's website to find links to the full study and to the Money Needs Calculator, which breaks down living costs by family size.


Catawba Emergency Assistance Network Meetings
Sept. 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Learn about the Catawba Emergency Assistance Network and how the network functions throughout Catawba County’s helping agencies and churches. Also, a representative from NCCARE 360 will explain how this additional no-cost referral system functions in our community.
Other meetings will be held on
Sept. 22 and 29 (10 – 11:30 a.m.), providing more specifics on the system, eliminating duplication of services and the value of sharing community data.
All meetings will be held via the online Cisco Webex platform. For more information email Rev. Robert Silber at ECCCM,

Support the annual Parade of Cans Food Drive
Along with having The Corner Table as a valued community partner, the Catawba County United Way - through the Catawba County Youth Council - is proud to help support the Backpack Program. The Parade of Cans Food drive is another great way for all of us to help these two feeding programs in our county. Please share.

Volunteers Needed - Help Make a Difference
Now more than ever local non-profit agencies need volunteers to help them meet the needs of those in crisis. From sorting donated food or clothing, to helping in the front office or stepping up to give blood, volunteers are needed in so many ways.
So if you have the time and are interested visit the CCUW's Volunteer Resource page link below...and Thank You Volunteers.
Recent Catawba County 211 calls for help
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 to search for local resources. Catawba County United Way is one of several community partners who help fund this program.
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