June 6, 2022
Over the last few weeks, the Catawba County United Way highlighted the executive and program directors of the CCUW's funded partner agencies for 2022.
Every year, the CCUW looks to partner with local non-profits and help support their programs focused on improving the lives of those in need in the areas of education, financial stability and health.
This week Lily Moody - Executive Director Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry.
1. How long have you been with your agency and have worked with non-profits overall?
I have been employed with Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry for approximately 2 years. Overall, I have worked with non-profits for about 13 years.
2. What drew you to your current position and this kind of work?
I was drawn to GHCCM because of its strong mission, vision and values. It is founded on Christian principles which continues to place strong emphasis on Hope, Help and Healing for All.
3. What is the impact of your agency in our community?
Our faith is at the heart of what we do. It is our mission to provide Hope, Help and Healing to All in most need through service, advocacy and community support. The ministry provides crisis assistance, while our transformational leaders work in collaboration with funders and private donors to improve health and wellness, money management skills, housing options, healthy food initiatives, as well as, primary and specialty care choices. Our pharmacy continues to be an integral part of Catawba County by offering no cost medications through patient assistance programs. The revenue from 31 Thrift & More help fund many of our programs and services. We strive to work with each neighbor on their individualized journey to a brighter future. GHCCM is a wholistic (whole person) ministry that journeys with our neighbors to take the next step towards transformation and providing a pathway out of poverty.
4. What does a good day at work look like?
A good day at work is being able to acknowledge that waking up to a new day is God’s doing. To see the staff at GHCCM give help and hope to our neighbors who are in crisis is the most rewarding part of my day. Each day, GHCCM has the opportunity to touch lives. This gives me joy to see how the ministry can impact our neighbors to offer a better tomorrow.
5. The non-profit world can be stressful. What’s your favorite way to relax?
I enjoy time at the beach while listening to my favorite gospel artists. I often spend time in writing inspirational poetry which reflects empowerment and spiritual awakening.
6. Do you have a favorite book/movie and why?
My favorite book is “Don’t sweat the small stuff’ by Richard Carlson. In my opinion, this is a reminder of how important it is to look at the “small stuff” as stepping stones to greater opportunities. Greater opportunities lead to positive outcomes.
Learn more about United Way funded partners at THIS LINK.