Sept. 16, 2022
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
Enjoy a FREE night of racing, fireworks, celebrating community
Catawba County United Way needs help with its annual Ready to Race United event this Saturday, Sept. 17.
This is a partnership with Hickory Motor Speedway to celebrate the collaborative efforts of local non-profits during a Free Night of racing and fireworks for the public.
More than a dozen local non-profits will share information about their programs during a resource fair prior to the start of racing at 7 p.m.

Addiction and incarceration dominated his life for years
"You got to reach out, you've got to grasp at the straw given to you. If you don't reach out, nothing is going to happen." This is what guided Jim Jernigan to Exodus Homes (a Catawba County United Way funded partner) on his journey to breaking the cycle of addiction and prison. Watch the video to hear more of his story.

Nothing Bundt Cakes supports United Way with Grand Opening
Christmas Bureau accepting applications
It might still be September but the Catawba County Christmas Bureau “Elves” are already hard at work preparing for this year’s annual event to be held on Dec. 14,15 and 16.
The Christmas Bureau is a collaborative eort among many Catawba County agencies and organizations to provide toys, food, clothing and coats to children and teenagers in need of assistance during the Christmas season.
In 2021, that meant helping 679 families representing 1,781 children, including 412 teens.
The event will again be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center as a drive thru for families.
To reserve an appointment, to complete an application for your family at the Christmas Bureau visit - – please share the link with anyone who you think may need it.
Applications will be taken by appointment only the first three weeks of October, Monday – Thursday.
If you cannot access the online site, call 828-465-1702 (ECCCM) or 828-322-2535 (Salvation Army) to schedule your appointment.
What’s Required to Register
·        Photo ID or passport for each applying adult.
·        Birth certificate or Medicaid card for all children in the household.
·        Custody papers as applicable.
·        Current food stamp award letter or proof of all monthly income and expenses.
·        Proof of Catawba County residency.
·        Complete information for all children in household 17 and under and still in school.
To learn more about being a volunteer for the event (we can always use the extra Elves to help) call 828-327-6851 or email John Bailey at the Catawba County United Way –

Read about last year's event at THIS LINK.
United Way shares impact stories during campaign visits
The Catawba County United Way staff spent all of Wednesday making campaign visits at Vanguard Furniture and Hickory Chair. It was a great opportunity to share the CCUW's mission and introducing some of our funded partners to the public. We enjoyed learning about these companies and sharing local resources with them and information about 2-1-1. Thank You again to everyone who helps make days like these possible.

Learn more about CCUW's community impact 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.
NC 211 provides resources, piece of mind for those in need
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.
If you or someone you know needs help dial 2-1-1 or visit

Need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit
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