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Feb. 2, 2023   Catawba County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.  Catawba County has been chosen to receive $57,592 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county for Phase 40. The selection was made by a National Board that is…
Jan. 31, 2023   The Catawba County Youth Council will begin accepting Requests for Funding Proposals (RFPs) targeted to address the impact Areas of health and education as they relate to the needs and wellbeing of children and youth in our community, starting Feb. 3.    The Youth Council partners with the Catawba County United Way in this annual community investment process. The RFP applications are due to the Catawba County United Way (CCUW…
Jan. 26, 2023   By John Bailey jbailey@ccunitedway.com  There is nothing more valuable to a non-profit than a volunteer and there is nothing more inspiring than the absolute dedication of a volunteer.    The Catawba County United Way (CCUW) had the privilege of experiencing just this, the last two years with the agency’s board president Amy Guyer (VP Human Resources RHF/Century). Despite only being required to serve a single year, Guyer…
Jan. 23, 2023   In response to the end of extra Food and Nutrition Services benefits families who were enrolled in the program received due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Catawba County United Way worked with its community partners to create a list of local food resources. Families enrolled in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) have gotten extra benefits each month since March 2020. February 2023 is the last month families will get…
Jan. 19, 2023   The Gardner Group (Health, Life and Medicare Insurance and Employee Benefits),  in Hickory recently joined the Catawba County United Way's new initiative – Small Businesses Love Big.  This is an opportunity for small companies in Catawba County (50 employees or less) to invest back into their communities by supporting local non-profit programs. "Catawba County United Way is excited to welcome our fifteenth member of our Small…
Jan. 12, 2023   By John Bailey jbailey@ccunitedway.com Sharing a meal and a smile is a pretty fundamental way to show someone you care about them, and there is no better way to do this for our seniors than by being a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  Back in August of 2022, the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) staff decided to become part of this program and dedicate every second Tuesday of the month as volunteers, delivering for Meals on Wheel.…
Dec. 28, 2022   By John Bailey jbailey@ccunitedway.com    Santa’s elves have nothing on the Catawba County United Way Teen Christmas volunteers. Every year, this group of more than 30 individuals shop for, organize and prepare Christmas bags for hundreds of teens (ages 13-17) in Catawba County. They are distributed during the annual Christmas Bureau – a collaborative effort by local agencies and organizations to provide toys, food, clothing and…
Dec. 17, 2022   By John Bailey jbailey@ccunitedway.com   With more than 800 families registered and 2,000-plus individual angels (ages 0-12), including more than 450 teens (ages 13-17), this year’s Catawba County Christmas Bureau met one of the largest needs the annual event has seen in recent years.    The Christmas Bureau is a collaborative effort among many Catawba County agencies and organizations to provide toys, food, clothing and…
Dec. 15, 2022   By John Bailey jbailey@ccunitedway.com   For the third year in a row, the winner of the Catawba County United Way Fair Share Donor car giveaway was the first person who tried to start the car at Paramount Automotive in Hickory.  And for the second year in a row, it was a teacher from Conover School who turned that car key to win. The 2022 Catawba County United Way Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway winner is Margaret Bush from…
Nov. 17, 2022   The local Housing Visions Continuum of Care group recently hosted the 2022 Catawba County Homeless Panel Discussion as part of this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  The event was highlighted by a great conversation among the panelists: Chris Johnson – Catawba County Schools Assistant Principal; Ed Sain – Newton City Council member; John Hays – Strong Life Ministries Executive Director; Catie Lawson – Exodus Homes…