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- The following is a call shared from the NC 211 call center Ellie was struggling to pay her rent and buy food in July.  She didn’t know where to go for help, but she had heard about a number she could call, 211. The call specialist provided Ellie with referrals to local food pantries in her community and to an agency that might be able to help with rent assistance. As they spoke, Ellie shared with the call specialist that she was also…
It is that time again – time to recognize those outstanding volunteers who make all the difference when it comes to helping local non-profits assist those in a crisis. The Catawba County United Way is getting ready to host the annual Giving from the Heart Volunteer Awards in November to help recognize these invaluable individuals. Unfortunately, this year's event will be virtual, but Catawba County United Way is planning to have a lot of fun and…
By John Bailey - Aug.21, 2020 jbailey@ccunitedway.com With everyone counting pennies these days, it was good timing and a generous moment at the end of July, when Shurtape Technologies gave away office furniture to nine local non-profits.  The company had opened a new distribution center in Catawba and wanted to find new homes for the furniture they were not taking with them. Shurtape reached out to the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) to help…
BY JOHN BAILEY jbailey@ccunitedway.com Sixteen food drives organized last year. Two, Little Free Food Pantries built. A lemonade stand set up with sales benefiting disabled veterans, and a snack cart built to hand out snacks and water to veterans at the VA Hospital in Asheville. This is just a short list of some of the reasons 10-year-old Joseph Hicks was recognized at the recent Catawba County Board of Commissioner’s meeting as one of the…
BY JOHN BAILEY jbailey@ccunitedway.com To meet the increasing needs of food insecurity because of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Catawba County United Way is planning on hosting a county-wide food drive the last week of June.  The focus of the event will be on gathering food items to support the pantries of our funded partners – The Salvation Army, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) and Greater Hickory Cooperative…
(Information provided by NC211 from a call received in April by a 211 call specialist. Full names are withheld to protect the privacy of the caller and call specialist.) Wanda’s younger brother passed away from COVID-19.  The situation was very stressful because Wanda did not get to visit him and say goodbye due to social distancing and the current rules around staying at home. Her brother’s funeral was going to be held in South Carolina.  Wanda…
(Information provided by NC211 from a call received in April by a 211 call specialist. Full names are withheld to protect the privacy of the caller and call specialist.) Jack has been a waiter for more than 20 years and loves his profession. He thrives on being in the restaurant and interacting with customers. Jack has made a good living, always able to pay his bills, but without much to save.  Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the restaurant…
At a time, such as we are experiencing now, what do you say?  How do you act?  How do you feel?  There are three areas of concerns, as a result of COVID-19, that come to mind: physical, financial and emotional.  First, there are the people who have physically contracted this horrible virus and experienced horrendous pain and suffering. Second, there is the financial destruction due to job loss and interruption of services with fear of food…
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. Catawba County has been chosen to receive $60,394 for Phase 37 and $86,104 for Phase CARES to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of…
JOHN BAILEY jbailey@ccunitedway.com Worry and fear have become the new normal for many during the current crisis created by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Catawba County United Way (CCUW) decided in mid-March to gather the resources it had to bring back some hope to those devastated by this pandemic. It created the Catawba County United Way COVID-19 Response Fund. Eight local non-profit organizations recently received the first allocations from this…