Register for Free Cleanup Assistance through NC 2-1-1: From now until June 28, residents affected by the recent flooding can dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to register for free cleanup assistance, such as mud-out, tarping and tree-cutting. Calls will be accepted 7-11 a.m. daily.  



United Way hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

To help meet this need, the Catawba County United Way is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, June 26 at the CCUW office – 2760 Tate Blvd in Hickory.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services said. 

Call 828-327-6851 or go to and enter sponsor code UnitedWay to schedule an appointment.

Food and clothing drive for flood victims

Catawba County United Way, in partnership with American Red Cross, is calling for community donations on June 27 to help support victims of the recent June floods living at the Ridgecrest Apartment complex in downtown Hickory. 
This population of largely single mothers with small children and older seniors need non-perishable food items and clothing for adults and children. 
Items needed include: 
•New or gently used clean clothing for children ages 12 months to 13 years old. 
•New or gently used clean clothing for adult women in all sizes. 
•New or gently used clean clothing for men in all sizes. 
•Dry food goods and non-perishable pantry items. 
Deliver donations of food and clothing to the Catawba County United Way’s office at 2760 Tate Blvd in Hickory, on Thursday, June 27 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
Call CCUW at 828-327-6851 for information on where to take donations of furniture, appliances, toys or electronics.

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  Our work is focused on building better lives and a thriving community by increasing educational opportunities, fostering financial stability and independence and improving healthcare access and understanding for all. Your support makes this work possible.”  - 2018 Campaign Chair- Keith Mackie, Ed.D. - Executive Vice President Catawba Valley Community  College.


Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Susan Estes, a teacher at Conover School. She is the 2018 Catawba County United  Way Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway winner. Employees of companies participating in this year's Fair Share Donors program (1 hour pay per month) went into 10 drawings since September for a chance at being a finalist to win either a Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra or a Volkswagen Jetta from Paramount Automotive. Along with giving away a new car, the event helps raise awareness of the impact the United Way has in Catawba County.


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