May 6, 2022
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
Getting to know local non-profit leaders - Maj. Rebecca Trayler
Over the next few weeks, the Catawba County United Way will be highlighting the executive and program directors of the CCUW's funded partner agencies for 2022.
Every year, the CCUW looks to partner with local non-profits and help support their programs focused on improving the lives of those in need in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

This week Major Rebecca Trayler – The Salvation Army Greater Hickory and High Country.

1. How long have you been with your agency and have worked with non-profits overall?   
20 years

2. What drew you to your current position and this kind of work?  
I wanted to be a part of making a difference in the lives of men, women, boys & girls within our community.

3. What is the impact of your agency in our community? 
The Salvation Army strives to meet human needs in Jesus name however that looks, whether its food, clothing a listening ear or a place to stay.

4. What does a good day at work look like?  
Meeting with a donor one minute and working with a client the next. I love when there is no monotony in the day to day.

5. The non-profit world can be stressful. What’s your favorite way to relax?   
Spending time with my husband and kids.

6. Do you have a favorite book/movie and why?  
I love to read biographies/autobiographies. My current favorite is “Kisses from Katie” which is a story of an 18-year-old girl who moved to Uganda and began a home for orphaned children. She and her now husband have since gone on to adopt 15 children.

Learn about United Way funded partners - THIS LINK.
To see the previous Non-profit Q&As - THIS LINK

United Way Board reviews 2021, plans for the future
The Catawba County United Way hosted its annual Board Advance at Heritage Barn in Conover. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this was the first time the CCUW board met in person in two years.
It was a great opportunity for the 17 attending members of the board to introduce themselves to each other and for the CCUW staff to brief them on the work accomplished in 2021.
Executive Director Mark Bumgarner led a discussion on future objectives for the board, identifying areas of need in the county.
These included: equity, homelessness, mental health, youth services and collaboration.
The Catawba County Youth Council were special guests at the meeting, sharing what they saw as important issues to area youth - drug/alcohol use, mental health, poverty.
Learn more about the CCUW and it's mission at THIS LINK.
And see more Board Advance photos at THIS LINK.

Support this year's Letter Carriers Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 30th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14.
Every post office in Catawba County participates. Leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 14.
The food is distributed to local non-profits like Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry and The Salvation Army in Hickory.
And every item donated has an impact. Last year, The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory served 483 households with food while the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry added 603 new households to their list in 2021. Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry distributed 1.5 million pounds of food last year.
Details at THIS LINK.

Start planning your United Way school supply drive
Every bit helps, and it's never too early to start thinking about supporting the Catawba County United Way's annual School Supply Drive in July.
To host a collection this year call 828-327-6851 or email John Bailey at the CCUW -

More details about last year's drive at THIS LINK.

What's happening - news and updates from local non-profits
We've all heard the phrase - "It takes a village," and in the non-profit world it's true. The Catawba County United Way enjoys building relationships with its community partners and sees how much greater our impact is because of our collective efforts every day.
Below are some upcoming programs and events from just a few of those partners...please share, and if you're interested, the Catawba County Interagency Council meets the second Thursday every month at the United Way office - 2760 Tate Blvd SE in Hickory.
Call 828-327-6851 for more information.
Focused on ending homelessness
Housing Visions Continuum of Care is a collaboration of agencies and community partners working together to end homelessness in Catawba County.
The group meets the second Thursday of every month at 12 p.m.
For more details visit THIS LINK.
NC 211, help in Catawba County starts here
For 77 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