March 19, 2021
"To increase the organized capacity of people to help others."
News & Resources
"Surprise" luncheon held for Jennie Connor
Thank You…Thank You – the community in Catawba County got a chance to honor Jennie Connor with a surprise retirement luncheon Wednesday.
It was an opportunity to share stories about Jennie’s impact through the last 20 years as the Catawba County United Way’s Executive Director. She spent the two decades helping to connect needs with resources and bringing hope to thousands and thousands of local lives.
To illustrate this need even further, Jennie brought props to her own “secret” retirement event to share with everyone. Each reflected a moment of crisis in our community – behind on rent/mortgage, hunger, sexual abuse, unemployed, addiction, struggling to pay utilities, in need of senior services.
“These are people who live beside us, who work beside us, who need our help,” Jennie said to the crowd gathered in front of her. 
More of this story at THIS LINK. More Photos at THIS LINK.
 Statewide residential eviction moratorium through June
Governor Roy Cooper recently signed three Executive Orders. Executive Order 206 extends North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s recent extension of the nationwide moratorium through the same date.

More details THIS LINK
Facemasks and infrared thermometers donated to local United Ways
Several area United Way’s recently received infrared thermometers and KN95 masks from Nocqua Adventure Gear in Lincoln County. The donations will be distributed to local community partners and agencies serving the public. Mark Howell, Lincoln County Emergency Management Coordinator, was able to drop off the Catawba County United Way’s portion on Tuesday – 100 of the thermometers and 1,200 of the masks. Thank You to Nocqua Adventure Gear for the generous donations, and to Mark for delivering them to the CCUW office. 
P-EBT scam alert
If you are a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) recipient, please be aware that there are some scams related to this program. There have been reports of recipients receiving texts and phone calls asking for personal information. If you are contacted in this way, do not reply or provide any personal information.
More details at THIS LINK
More details at THIS LINK.
Updates from local non-profit agencies
Check out some of the information shared by the different organizations who attended the last Interagency Council meeting.
To learn more about Interagency email Council President Jamie Brown at or John Bailey at
Local volunteer opportunities
Senior Nutrition Services
We have a need for volunteers in the Newton, Hickory, and Catawba areas to deliver meals just one day a month for up to 1.5 hours. During this unprecedented time, volunteers are needed more than ever to deliver meals and safety checks to community members in need.

The Corner Table Soup Kitchen
Opportunities include cook, lunch service prep/help, stockroom helper, filling to-go bags.

The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory
Opportunities would include: Providing weekend meals for shelter (dinner), Pantry help (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
31 Thrift and MORE Needs volunteers to sort, price, and stock donations and the nutrition center and front desk needs help as well every afternoon from 12-4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
American Red Cross
Please volunteer your time and give if you can. Visit to register for these drives or to learn about other area opportunities to donate blood.
Visit to make an appointment.
Family Guidance Center
The FGC is looking for volunteers to help out The Purple Ribbon Thrift Store - cashiers and donation sorters.
Hickory Soup Kitchen
The Hickory Soup Kitchen has an immediate need of volunteers in various areas – helping prepare meals, stocking the food pantry to name a just a couple of ways you could help.
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry
For its Thrift Store, ECCCM needs donation sorters, stocking volunteers and  cashiers.
ECCCM’s Food Pantry needs: pantry door worker to greet the clients in the food line and grocery store driver.
Highways and Hedges
Highways and Hedges desperately needs help delivering furniture/appliances to folks in need. 

For more information about any of these opportunities or to hear about other ways to volunteer your time and services at a local non-profit, call the Catawba County United Way Volunteer Center at 828-327-6851 or email
Housing/shelter help biggest request at NC 211
In the last 30 days, 41 calls were made to NC 211 for help to find housing and shelter in Catawba County.
The greatest need was for information about low-cost housing and rent assistance, with 14 calls each.
This is just a snapshot of the local need. There were also 10 calls for help with utility bills, 5 for food, 5 for healthcare and 6 for support and advocacy.
Remember if you or someone you know needs help call 2-1-1 or visit
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.
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