Catawba County United Way School Supply Drive

Catawba County United Way ready to roll with 2022 school supply drive

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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 while it’s only mid-June the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) is already focused on helping parents meet the needs of a new school year.

Looking for Collection Partners

Planning is underway for the 2022 CCUW School Supply Drive, and the United Way is looking for area companies, churches and public agencies to be collection sites. The drive benefits students in all three local public-school districts: Catawba County, Hickory Public and Newton-Conover City Schools.

Last year, the CCUW drive collected more than 6,000 individual items, received more than $800 in donations and Publix donated more than $4,000 in store gift cards.

Thank you again to our 2021 collection partners: West Rock, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Peoples Bank, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Partnership for Children, Trinity Ridge, Century Furniture, Hickory Chair, Paramount Automotive, A Women’s View, Catawba Co. Government, Catawba Co. Library system, Cloninger Ford Hickory, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Authentic Church, ZF Chassis Components and Target in Hickory. 

The success of the CCUW School Supply Drive meant hundreds of local students had the tools they needed to succeed.

Help the Catawba County United Way reach even more families in 2022. This year’s drive will run from July 1 – Aug. 1.

Host a collection site by calling the CCUW at 828-327-6851 or email John Bailey at the United Way,

VIDEO at THIS LINK to learn more.

How it Works

Drop off donations at the United Way's office - 2760 Tate Blvd. in Hickory, or at any Catawba County Library branch.

Once collected, United Way volunteers will sort and package items for pick-up by local school personnel. Items collected will be available through school social workers or other school personnel.

Monetary donations can be mailed to the Catawba County United Way – P.O. Box 2425, Hickory, NC 28603.

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, rulers, markers, scissors, pencil boxes, composition books.

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

2021 School Supply Drive

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