Catawba County Volunteer Center

Annual Giving From the Heart Awards - Nominate an Outstanding Local Volunteer 



From helping collect food, to sorting and preparing donated clothing, to manning an information desk, to showing up at a disaster ready to help, to sharing a smile with someone facing a crisis, Catawba County can’t say thank you enough to our volunteers.  

Every year, the Volunteer Center recognizes those outstanding individuals during the annual Giving from the Heart Volunteer Awards in June, hosted by the Catawba County United Way. 

During this special event, all nominees will be recognized with a certificate. Three winners, one in each category – Youth, Individual, and Group – will be named.

The winners of the “Giving From the Heart” award will receive an award and $500 from Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation paid to the non-profit organization of their choice.

One agency/organization may submit a maximum of five nominations in each category: adult individual, youth and group. Nominations are due by May.

For more information contact John Bailey at the Catawba County United Way - or call 828-327-6851.

Eligibility requirements include:
• Nominee’s volunteer organization must serve the community at large.
• Nominee’s volunteer organization must be a 501c3 non-profit or a governmental agency.
• Youth recognition - Individual 18 years or younger.
• An adult, youth or group is eligible in one category only.
• Group recognition is for groups of 2 or more individuals.

2023 Giving From the Heart Volunteer Awards

Category Winners:

  • Individual Adult - Beth Whicker, nominated by The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Hickory.
  • Group - Frances Reese and Debbie Isenhour, nominated by The Corner Table Soup Kitchen.
  • Youth - Aubrey Mitchell, nominated by the Catawba County United Way.

Learn more about all 2023 GFH nominees at THIS LINK.

Immediate Volunteer Needs at

  • Council on Adolescents Mentoring Program.
  • Women's Resource Center Pantry with a Purpose.
  • The Family Guidance Center domestic violence shelter.
  • Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry.
  • The Hickory Soup Kitchen.
  • Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry.
  • Highways and Hedges.
  • Adult Life Programs.
  • The Salvation Army.
  • Senior Nutrition Services - Meals on Wheels.

More Details on these and other Local Volunteer opportunities at THIS LINK or contact us at 828-327-6851.

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