2019 December - Annual Christmas Bureau brings the smiles
This year 580 families were helped through the Christmas Bureau, benefiting the lives of 1,521 individual children. This included 380 teens through the Catawba County United Way Teen Christmas. This collaborative effort through the Christmas Bureau let local families in need know they were not alone during this holiday season. Thank you to all those who were part of this great event.
2019 November - United Way staff says Thank You
The Catawba County United Way staff ham it up to say thank you to all those who support the work the CCUW and its funded partners do throughout the year.
2019 October - Cross Country Invitational teaches kindness
2019 Catawba County United Way Cross Country Invitational - More than 40 teams, over 900 runners, 30+ student led community service projects and one amazing story from Dave Clark and Doug Cornfield about never letting anything hold you back from chasing your dreams. Cornfield wrote a children’s book about Dave’s story, showing the power of friendship and caring. Several schools were so moved by Clark's story they made the message of the book the center piece of their service projects.
Results from the race can be found at nc.milesplit.com.
2019 September -
Catawba County Youth Council on why it's important to give back
2019 Catawba County Days of Caring - a way to educate the importance of volunteering to the general public by connecting them directly to the needs of local non-profit agencies. The first stop was with volunteers from the Catawba County Youth Council washing fleet vehicles at Adult Life Programs. The agency is a day center for adults with special needs, 18 years and older, who desire or are in need of adult day services.
2019 September -
Former CCUW president, Joe Crocker,
talks about United Way merger
Another Look Back - during the recent Catawba County United Way's 75th anniversary event, former CCUW board president Joe Crocker shared his memories through a video interview of the merger between the Eastern Catawba United Way and the Greater Hickory United Way in the mid-1980s.
2019 August - Red Cross volunteers talk about helping in a crisis
Local Red Cross volunteers: Neal Hass and Leo Smith, talk about what it means to be there for families in a disaster crisis. The American Red Cross has been a funded partner of the Catawba County United Way for decades.
2019 June -
United Way Day of Action hygiene supply drive for students
Something as simple as a toothbrush can make all the difference for a student...North Newton Elementary School Counselor Emily Miller and Principal Jill Hager talk about the importance of supporting the United Way student hygiene drive.
2019 May - Unifour Senior Games
The Catawba County United Way visited the Unifour Senior Games in Hickory and learned age truly is just a number.
2019 May - Youth Council allocates $10,000 to non-profits
Catawba County Youth Council members Carrigan Price, Mikey Gordon and Josh Carter share their thoughts on helping to allocate $10,000 to local non-profits who run programs benefiting area youth.
2019 May - Learning the difference between need and want
ECCCM client shares story of becoming financially stable - The Catawba County United Way tackles this issue with help from its funded partners like ECCCM. They provide a variety of programs including crisis financial assistance, financial counseling and consumer credit counseling.
2019 April - Sometimes life throws us a hard curve
Luis Morales shares his story of finding a path to redemption after detox with help from Exodus Homes. This is why the Catawba County United Way targets funding to partners who help individuals like Morales.
2019 April - Nothing better than making friends at Adult Life
Adult Life Programs, a Catawba County United Way funded partner, has become a center of friendship for its staff and clients like Hope and Glen.
2019 March - ALFA shows the value of a caring heart
Michael McPherson, with the Aids Leadership Foothills Area Alliance (ALFA) talks about how the agency works to be more than a service, how it focuses on being a source of comfort.
2019 February - Sharing Hope and Apples, American Red Cross
Scott Loudermelt with the Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross shares a story of how local volunteers make a difference in the lives of disaster victims.
2018 Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program
Council on Adolescents Lunch Buddy program brings smiles to both the participating students and their mentors.
2018 Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway
On Dec. 19, Conover School teacher Susan Estes won a new car from Paramount Automotive during the Catawba County United Way Fair Share Donor car giveaway. The event was a fun way to celebrate all of the CCUW's Fair Share Donors and the impact we make collectively when we decide to give back to our community.
2018 Meals on Wheels Program
Donna and Terry Barker talk about the importance of being clients of Senior Nutrition Services Meals on Wheels program, a Catawba County United Way funded partner.
2018 Giving from the Heart
Local volunteers talk about the value of helping others during the 2018 Catawba Co. United Way Volunteer Center's Giving from the Heart Volunteer Awards.
2018 Exodus Homes celebrating new site
Exodus Homes celebrated the opening of its newest site on Sept. 29. The 12,000 square foot facility on 4th Street SW in Hickory will house the offices for Exodus Homes, Exodus Works and the agency's Thrift Store along with room for other purposes related to the their mission.
2018 Exodus Homes client shares story of recovery
Catie Brown shares her story of recovery as an Exodus Homes client. Video courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College.
2018 Days of Caring - FedEx at Family Guidance
FedEx stepped up to help paint and do landscaping along with donating $2,000 towards helping Family Guidance Center's shelter, during this year's United Way Days of Caring on Sept. 21.
2018 Family Guidance shares story at Shurtape visit
Family Guidance Center’s Ann Peele along with client Laura Clark visited Shurtape employees to talk about how local United Way funded partners impact their community. They're pictured with Shurtape's Tim Martin.
Preparing for 2018 Campaign
Catawba County United Way Campaign Chair Keith Mackie talks about making a difference in your community...Live United.
2018 ECCM client shares her story
Cynthia Lingerfelt (left) shares her story of how ECCCM, a CCUW funded partner, helped her find work and a new home.
2018 visit to Salvation Army's Shelter of Hope
The Salvation Army's Shelter of Hope Director Casey McCall shares a story with visiting employees from Corning about how a late, night phone call from the police reminded him why he works to help others.
2018 School Supply Drive
Stuff the Bus success...Volunteer Cheryl Abee talks about the importance of Catawba County United Way hosting a school supplies drive every year.
2018 Family Guidance's Ann Peele
Ann Peele, executive director of Family Guidance Center, talks about helping nearly 200 families avoid a home foreclosure during a Catawba County United Way meeting.