UNITED WAY In Catawba County
From polio to poverty to war and through recession, citizens of Catawba County have known their share of crisis.
No matter the issue though, for more than seven decades there has been a source of hope for those in need, the Catawba County United Way (CCUW).
In 1944, the spark of the CCUW began as the Hickory Community Chest and War Fund. The first programs the agency supported were The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Public Playgrounds, the Civilian Defense Fund and Catawba County Health Camp.
Then, in 1954, the name would change to Greater Hickory United Fund and in 1958 the Eastern Catawba County United Fund would be created.
In 1985, the two agencies merged into today’s Catawba County United Way.
Visit THIS LINK to watch Joe Crocker talk about the merger.
The CCUW eventually evolved to focus on three community impact areas: Health, Education and Income which led to partnerships with dozens of local non-profit and not-for-profit agencies.
Visit THIS LINK to learn more about this year's funded partners.
Timeline of the United Way in Catawba County
A countywide drive was sponsored by the USO. $20,000 was raised in the county. Seeing the potential, Alex Shuford Jr. called a meeting to organize a Community Chest. Several community leaders attended the meeting.
Hickory Community Chest and War Fund was established. Alex Shuford is the first President. Donald Menzies is the first Campaign Chair. The first goal was $42,000. $25,000 went to the United War Fund. $17,000 wen to the following agencies: The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Catawba County Health Camp, Public Playgrounds and the Civilian Defense Fund.
Name was changed to Greater Hickory United Fund. Mrs. G. Earl Davis was the first Executive Director.
Eastern Catawba County United Fund was established. Adrian Shuford is named the first President under the new formation. Dr. Borden Drum becomes the Campaign Chair.
Greater Hickory United Fund and Eastern Catawba County United Fund changed their names to United Way to participate in the national advertising campaigns.
Greater Hickory United Way and Eastern Catawba County United Way merged to form the Catawba County United Way.
The first CCUW campaign. Joe Cocker serves as President and Robert Braswell as Campaign Chair. The goal was $1,179,066.
First United Way Unifour Cross Country Invitational - started by United Way volunteer John Hall as a way to bring teenagers together for a competition that required teams to organize a service project benefiting their community prior to the race.
CCUW moves into new location thanks to a gift-in-kind of office space from Corning.
CCUW introduces 2-1-1. NC 211 is the health and human services information line provided by United Way of North Carolina. Catawba County United Way is one of several community partners who help fund this program.
First Fairshare Donor Car Giveaway sponsored by Benny Youth and Paramount Automotive Group.
CCUW moves to new permanent home at 2760 Tate Blvd SE in Hickory - Oct. 19.
Created the Catawba County United Way COVID-19 Response Fund, to help support local non-profits focused on helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.