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Catawba County United Way

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The mission of Catawba County United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community.


The vision of Catawba County United Way is to be the most effective and efficient organization that identifies and prioritizes the greatest unmet human needs in the community, focuses human compassion, and mobilizes resources to meet those needs.


The Catawba County United Way has brought together people and resources to build a safety net to help meet the needs of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and families.
A constant reminder that when we as individuals think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of others’ lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.




When it comes to supporting non-profit organizations donors have many choices.  Your donation to Catawba County United Way is an effective and efficient means to improve lives and strengthen our community through our wide-ranging scope, focused action, and accountability requirements.    Here’s how United Way does what no other organization can.  


Broad Vision ·      

  • Understanding the broad needs of our community - United Way is the one place where a diverse group of volunteers come together to identify the needs of our community. ·      
  • Education, Income and Health - United Way takes a holistic approach to addressing community issues by investing in programs that help people achieve the building blocks of a good life -- education, income and health. Progress in each of these areas creates and reinforces progress in others, multiplying the impact of each donor gift.

Focused Action   

  • Research & Data Analysis - United Way gathers pertinent existing local data on community issues.  The analysis of this data is used to determine the most pressing needs in our community and guide our collaborative efforts to address them. ·      
  • Concrete strategies and measurable goals - Volunteer community leader’s work to create long-term sustainable change - not just quick fixes.
  • The right mix of programs – United Way volunteers use a competitive process to select the right mix of programs that will achieve our community’s goals by focusing on the areas of Education, Income, and Health to improve lives and strengthen our community. This comprehensive process provides a level of assurance that donors ‘gifts are being used effectively.

Accountability and Results ·      

  • Accountability - United Way holds every program we fund accountable for the effective use of donors’ contributions.
  • Results – United Way regularly reviews funded programs to ensure they are using proven strategies to produce measurable results. ·
  • Trust – For over 70 years Catawba County United Way has maintained a trusted reputation provided by an experienced and talented local board of directors.
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Local Companies Honored

Betsy Futrelle, site manager

at Morrisette Paper's Hickory

facility, accepts Outstanding

New Campaign Award. 

Catawba County United Way celebrated its 71st year 

of service to Catawba County at its 2016

Annual Meeting  held at Catawba County Club.  The 

event, sponsored by PNC Bank and other supporting

sponsors, brought representatives from local businesses,

industries as well as local school districts together to 

celebrate 2015 community support.

Campaigns were recognized on three levels - 

1. Corporate Spirit Awards - to companies that provide

financial gifts in the form of corporation contributions to the 

campaign. They are factored on the corporate gift, per 

capita which is calculated by the number of employees in 

the company during the campaign

Winners in this category were:

Division 1 - Carolina Insurance & Realty

Division 2 - Wells Fargo

Division 3 - Duke-Energy

Division 4 - Shurtape Technologies

Division 5 - Century Furniture

2. Employee Spirit Awards -  Employee awards are 

calculated on the employee donation per capita.  

Winners in this category were: 

Division 1 - Carolina Insurance and Realty

Division 2 - Piedmont Natural Gas

Division 3 - Duke-Energy

Division 4 - Shurtape Technologies

Division 5 - Corning Cable Systems

3. Education Spirit Awards - Includes all

all schools in  Catawba County Schools, 

Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public

Schools.  This group is divided into elementary,

middle and high schools.

Winners in this category were:

South Newton Elementary School

Newton-Conover Middle School

Discovery High School

An award was also presented to Morrisette Paper 

Company as New Outstanding Campaign.  2015 was 

Morrisette's first UW campaign. (Click on photos tab above,

 to view more photos from the event)

Director Receives Rotary Citizenship Award

Jennie Connor, Executive Director Receives Rotarian Citizenship


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