August 27, 2021
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
United Way school supply drive collects more than 6,000 items
Every educator has one...a stash of extra classroom supplies, according to Webb A. Murray Elementary Principal Angela Garcia.  
"Sometimes we get a call from a mother who will say, she went shopping, but has four students in school and all of them have notebooks and pencils because she thinks that is what is the most important, but then can’t buy all of them crayons and scissors,” Garcia said.  
The principal said that’s when a teacher’s extra supplies come in handy, and this year the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) was able to help share more than 6,100 items among every local public school. 
Sixteen collection partners helped the CCUW as drop-off points this year including: West Rock, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Peoples Bank, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Partnership for Children, Trinity Ridge, Century Furniture, Hickory Chair, Paramount Automotive, A Women’s View, Catawba Co. Government, Catawba Co. Library system, Cloninger Ford Hickory, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Authentic Church and ZF Chassis Components.
More of this story at THIS LINK.
More than 2,600 attend Ready to Race United
Thank You...Thank You...The Catawba County United Way wants to thank everyone who came out to support last Saturday's Ready to Race United community event.
It was in partnership with the Hickory Motor Speedway,
and was an opportunity to celebrate the power of community and the work the United Way and its community partners do throughout the year.
More than 2,600 race fans showed up and enjoyed a free night of racing
and fireworks, all thanks to our corporate sponsors. Many of whom also set up recruiting booths.
Thank You to the local non-profit agencies who also set up at the event. There were more than a dozen sharing information about their programs.
And thank you to our 15 volunteers who helped in concessions and with parking. They were just amazing.
Many of the Catawba County United Way Board members also played a big part in the event's success, driving the pace car, waving the start flag and helping in concessions.
And thank you to all the spectators who came out.
The CCUW staff is already looking forward to an even bigger event next year.
See more Photos at THIS LINK.
Watch the VIDEO at THIS LINK.
United Way Cross County Invitational is back
The Catawba County United Way is excited to announce we are planning to host our 28th annual United Way Cross Country Invitational at Southside Park in Newton (1775 Southwest Blvd) on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
As always, we are striving to provide your student-athletes with top-notch racing and several other benefits.
Registration will open on Sept. 1 and close on Oct. 6 at midnight.
Schools are reminded this is a community service, project-oriented event focused on but not limited to improving literacy among youth. All service projects must be completed before the race.
Contact John Bailey at the CCUW for more information – or call 828-327-6851.
Hope program reopens, assisting with rent/utility bills
HOPE program Reopens - NC Governor Roy Cooper and Chief Operating Officer of the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) Laura Hogshead recently announced the application process for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is open for a second application period.
The program assists very low-income renters that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
The HOPE Program provides rent and utility bill assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections.
Applicants can call (888) 9ASK-HOPE or (888) 927-5467.
More information at THIS LINK.
Updates from community partners - medical clinic, support groups
A key component of the Catawba County United Way's mission is collaboration with all of our community and funded partners.
We accomplish this through the many multi-agency meetings we attend every month like the Interagency Council, Housing Visions, SIR and CAR meetings.
Check out American Red Cross blood drives for August – Upcoming dates THIS LINK.


Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry - has just received notification that the City of Hickory has granted an additional amount for the ministry to distribute funds to city residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID. The funds will support housing and utilities for those who are behind in payment as a result of COVID.
·        GHCCM Pharmacy is providing COVID 19 vaccines to anyone who would like to get the vaccine. No appointment is necessary Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 4 PM. An appointment is preferred on Friday, 9 AM – Noon – call 828-323-7913
·        In response to the accelerated outbreak of the Delta Variant, GHCCM has returned to requiring face covering in all areas of the ministry, except for shoppers at 31 Thrift. All entering our building will have access to a mask and encouraged to wear them if they don’t have one.
·        On Sept. 2, Fifth Third Bank will be providing their Mobile Financial Empowerment eBus on the campus of GHCCM. The focus is to close the financial access gap, dismantle misperceptions about credit, banking, home buying and accessing financial services.
Catawba County United Way focuses on strong campaign
These are truly turbulent times for our country and our community. Through it all, the Catawba County United Way has been there like a lighthouse to help show us the way to safety through a network of care and support. 
"Our work is focused on inspiring and building better lives and a thriving community. We do this by increasing educational opportunities, fostering financial stability and independence and improving healthcare access and understanding for all. 
"We need your support to keep accomplishing these goals and making a difference in our community. 
"If we work together, nothing is impossible, and we will be able to lift our community and help people today and future generations to come. Please join me in this worthwhile mission by pledging and thank you for doing your part.”
  • Johann Louchez, 2021 Catawba County United Way Campaign Chair
Foothills Market President for BB&T now Truist

Learn more about this year's campaign at THIS LINK.
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