See the Catawba County United Way's Impact in action. Check out the videos - photos below.
2022 - Family Guidance Center domestic violence shelter resident - "I cried all the days leading up to Christmas." - Video Link
2022 - Exodus Homes transitional housing resident - "Took a lot of falling before I could change." - Video Link
2022 - Exodus Homes transitional housing resident - "After so many years of running, once you get tired, you're tired." - Video Link
2022 - Hundreds of local athletes compete in the annual United Way cross country invitational - Photos
Catawba County United Way - Who We Are
In 2020, the Catawba County United Way helped support 22 programs from 14 local non-profit agencies, impacting the lives or more than 28,000 individuals.
2021 Client Testimonial - Council on Adolescents
A key focus of the Catawba County United Way is on helping children and youth achieve their potential. One way the CCUW accomplishes this is through its support of the Council on Adolescents Lunch Buddy mentoring program for middle school and high school students. Kendall and Blake share their story.
2021 Client Testimonial - Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
Catawba County United Way support helped 47 families with financial assistance, covering a rent or mortgage bill. A Greater Hickory CCM neighbor, Melissa, shares her story of finding a new path in life because of the assistance she received from GHCCM.
2020 Client Testimonial - Senior Nutrition Services
The Catawba County United Way helps support the Meals on Wheels and Seniors Morning Out programs through Senior Nutrition Services. Louise Fallin and Louise Drumm talk about why they look forward to their time in each program.
2020 Client Testimonial - Patrick Beaver Learning Resources Center
The Catawba County United Way helps support the tutoring services to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children who struggle with literacy skills - grades K-3, utilizing the Augustine Literacy program.
2020 Client Testimonial - Sipe's Orchard Home
The Catawba County United Way helps support the transitional housing program for youth ages 17-21. The program offers a supportive, residential, co-ed program for homeless, disadvantaged youth, providing them tools and opportunities to learn and practice successful independence.
2020 Client Testimonial - Exodus Homes
The Catawba County United Way helps support the transitional housing for recently released from treatment centers/prison and the medically assisted treatment programs. Exodus Homes has a comprehensive array of services to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents.
2020 Virtual Tour - Senior Nutrition Services
The Catawba County United Way helps support the Meals on Wheels and Seniors Morning Out programs. The mission of Catawba County DSS Senior Nutrition Services is to improve the quality of life of seniors by providing them the choice to remain at home through the provision of nutritious meals, education, socialization, health and wellness activities and community volunteer support.
2020 Virtual Tour - Partnership for Children
The Catawba County United Way helps support the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library, which provides free books for ages 0-5. Partnership for Children is dedicated to ensure that all children, ages birth through five, have the resources and the opportunities necessary for them to enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
2020 Virtual Tour - Council on Adolescents
The Catawba County United Way helps supports the Lunch Buddy mentoring and Healthy Youth programs, which provides educational programming aimed at preventing adolescent pregnancy as well as prevention of suicide and other potentially harmful risk-taking behaviors. Programs are available to parents of adolescents as well.
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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Virtual Tour - 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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Testimonial - 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 Virtual Tour - 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.