Catawba County United Way School Supply Drive

The Catawba County United Way (CCUW) is focused on helping parents and teachers meet their classroom needs throughout the school year with the annual United Way Stuff the Bus school supply drive. 

Donations benefit students in all three local public-school districts: Catawba County, Hickory Public and Newton-Conover City Schools. Supplies will be distributed to school districts directly in the fall. 

Last year, we collected more than 8,000 individual items and had more than $4,000 in monetary donations.

Families can access the supplies through their schools’ guidance counselor office.   

More details at 828-327-6851 or email John Bailey at the United Way,


Make a Donation

Drop off donations at the United Way's office - 2760 Tate Blvd. in Hickory, or any other public collection site.

Or make a donation at CCUW's Facebook page at THIS LINK

Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Catawba County United Way – P.O. Box 2425, Hickory, NC 28603 and make sure to mention the School Supply Drive.

What Students Need

Classroom supplies: 3-ring binders, backpacks, composition books, spiral notebooks, graph paper, notebook paper (college and regular rule), pens, pencils, glue sticks, erasers, folders, crayons, colored pencils, ear buds, markers, scissors, pencil boxes, composition books.

Personal hygiene products: Kleenex, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products.

Items collected will be available through school social workers or other school personnel.

2023 School Supply Drive Photos