Catawba County United Way School Supply Drive

United Way extends drive with new online donation option  




The cost of gas has gone up. The price of food has gone up. The price of rent has gone up.

Now more than ever families can use a hand to make ends meet. 

And the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) is focused on helping parents and teachers meet those needs throughout the new school year with new online donation option that drop ships items directly to the United Way. 

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. 

We had a phenomenal 2022, with a record number of items collected and funds raised to help provide local families with the supplies they need throughout the school year. Families can access the supplies through their schools’ guidance counselor office.   

The success of the CCUW School Supply Drive means hundreds of local students have the tools they need to succeed.

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


Watch as the CCUW staff gets "Focused" on the School Supply Drive

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