June 4, 2021
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
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You can support the Catawba County United Way's annual Food Drive by bringing non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products to the United Way’s office in Hickory – 2760 Tate Blvd SE – from June 14 to June 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Food items requested include: ranch dressing, mayonnaise, ketchup, diced potatoes (canned), sliced carrots (canned), black eyed peas (dry), canned meats (chicken, tuna, beef stew, Vienna sausages), canned vegetables, canned beans, macaroni and cheese or easy mac, pudding cups (unrefrigerated), microwave meals (unrefrigerated), pop top can meals such as chef Boyardee, tuna or canned chicken, fruit cups (unrefrigerated), peanut butter (plastic container), jelly (plastic container), apple sauce (plastic container), oatmeal or grits (sold in packet form) and granola bars.
Hygiene items requested include: toilet paper, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to be a collection site, call 828-327-6851 or email John Bailey at jbailey@ccunitedway.com.
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.
Warming up for "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive
The Catawba County United Way has started planning its annual "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive, and we're looking for collection sites. This year's drive runs from July 2 to Aug. 3.
The school supplies benefit all three public school districts in Catawba County.
Last year, Stuff the Bus collected more than 5,000 individual items and raised $1,080 in donations.
Thank You to everyone who supported this effort in any way.
If you'd like more information about being a collection site, contact John Bailey at 828-327-6851 or email jbailey@ccunitedway.com.

Read more about "Stuff the Bus" efforts in 2020 HERE.
Free race Celebrating Community at Hickory Motor Speedway
If you're company or group is interested in helping sponsor this community event call the Catawba County United Way at 828-327-6851. Non-profits welcomed to set up and share information about their services with the public prior to the races. Contact the United Way for more details.
United Way helps families bridge financial gaps
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and the challenges from the pandemic has complicated this even more.
For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
To learn more about ways the Catawba County United Way can help, visit https://www.ccunitedway.com/ or call 828-327-6851.
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 ccunitedway.com.