Aug. 12, 2022
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
Carolina Crafted joins Small Businesses Love Big initiative
The Catawba County United Way (CCUW) welcomes Carolina Crafted in Hickory to the Small Businesses Love Big initiative.
This is an opportunity for small companies in Catawba County (50 employees or less) to invest back into their communities by supporting local non-profit programs.
Each participating business will contribute $365 a year, which will be used to fund a second CCUW allocation process focused on small and start-up local non-profits. Representatives of the businesses will then meet to review the grant applications and decide what programs to fund.
“We know that our small businesses understand and see the needs in our community from a unique perspective and giving them the opportunity to invest in their community not only makes sense but honors the contributions of both small business and non-profits,” Catawba County United Way Executive Director Mark Bumgarner said
Want to learn how you can be part of Small Businesses Love Big?

Visit - THIS LINK.

In the photo: CCUW Dir. of Resource Development Sylvia Long, CCUW Dir. of Finance Shanna Clark, Carolina Crafted owner Anthony Gaglia, CCUW Executive Dir. Mark Bumgarner and CCUW Dir. of Operations Kelle Love.
United Way staff delivers Meals on Wheels
The Catawba County United Way (CCUW) staff recently spent their first day delivering for Meals on Wheels.
Every second Tuesday of the month, the team will deliver meals in Hickory.
It was a great opportunity to support this DSS Senior Nutrition Services program, which provides daily meals to local seniors in need. The CCUW made 12 stops.
Learn more about Meals on Wheels at - THIS LINK
Senior Nutrition Services is a long-time funded partner of the Catawba County United Way.
This partnership helps the CCUW meet one of its annual goals of helping improve people's health by supporting local nutritional programs for those in need.
Learn about other CCUW partners and their impact on our community at - THIS LINK.
Save the dates for these upcoming CCUW events
United Way Cross Country Invitational
Wednesday, Oct. 12.
29 years of tradition, community outreach and great racing.

Registration is $50 per school.

Community Service project required.

And a fast pair of shoes is recommended.
Info. at 828-327-6851.
Ready to Race United, free night of racing/fireworks
Share Your Mission
If you are a non-profit/public agency in Catawba County and would like to set up an information table at Ready to Race United on Sept. 17 call John Bailey at the United Way – 828-327-6851 or email
And if you'd like to help sponsor this event, call Sylvia Long at the CCUW - 828-327-6851 or email
And you can learn about last year's event at THIS LINK.
School supplies available at local community events
While the Catawba County United Way has been working through its annual School Supply Drive in July, there are several other opportunities for families to get school supplies. See the four attached flyers for upcoming community events. And if you know of any others, let us know and we'll help get the word out.

And for the United Way School Supply Drive - items will be distributed to the school districts prior to the start of the school year, and parents can access these supplies through their child’s school guidance office.
Learn more at THIS LINK.
Local non-profits share upcoming events, updates
We've all heard the phrase - "It takes a village," and in the non-profit world it's true.
Below is a link to flyers shared during this month's Catawba County Interagency Council meeting. If you're interested, the 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
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