June 17, 2022
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
Happy Juneteenth, working towards the ultimate freedom
From Avery L. Staley, J.D. – Catawba County United Way Board member and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Multi-Cultural Affairs Lenoir-Rhyne University. 

As we celebrate Juneteenth, it is my honor to write a statement that is significant in theory and in practice.
While Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were freed, it is the word freed that draws a bit of irony. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday, which formally honors the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is symbolic celebration of physical freedom, but the derivative impact of a system supported by oppression, can be felt by African Americans throughout our nation, and stands in the way of the ultimate freedom. 
It is no secret, that we have an immense amount of work to do, to achieve the ultimate freedom. The ultimate freedom includes closing the gap in healthcare equity, closing the education gap, respecting persons of color, working on ending homelessness, in a nation where some cars are worth more than homes. 

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VIDEO: how to support UW School Supply Drive
The Catawba County United Way needs your help.
We're looking collection sites for this year's annual United Way School Supply Drive.
Help families facing tough times, make sure their children have the tools they need to succeed.
For more information about being a School Supply Drive collection site or to make a donation call 828-327-6851 or email jbailey@ccunitedway.com.

Learn more - Watch Video at THIS LINK.  

CCUW Executive Director Mark Bumgarner visits DC
Catawba County United Way Executive Director Mark Bumgarner is currently participating at a United Way Worldwide meeting in Washington, D.C., advocating for Education, Health and Income Opportunity Equity.
U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry assigned his intern, Luke Fountain (left) to assist Mark during his visit the Capital today. Along with being from Hickory, Luke is also a former Catawba County Youth Council president.
Mark Bumgarner also visited the office of U.S. Senator for North Carolina Thom Tillis and had a chance to meet Angela Williams the new CEO of United Way Worldwide.
More Photos at THIS LINK.

Free fans to help beat the heat
As the temperatures continue to climb...just a reminder about Operation Fan Heat Relief - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct 31. People age 60 and older, as well as adults with disabilities, are eligible to sign up for assistance. Eligible Catawba County residents can apply through:
Council on Aging (Hickory) 828-328-2269 or
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (Newton) 828-465-1702 or
visit nc211.org for more information.

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.
Help with housing still tops Catawba County 2-1-1 calls
NC 211 is the health and human services information line provided by United Way of North Carolina. Catawba County United Way is one of several community partners who help fund this program.
 Need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit nc211.org.
Since 1944, 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 ccunitedway.com.