May 20

Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. Read Executive Order No. 141. 

Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible. 

Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level. 

Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing


Restaurants – 50% capacity and social distancing

Salons and Personal Care - 50% capacity and social distancing

Pools - 50% capacity and social distancing

GATHERING LIMITS: 10 indoors/25 outdoors at – meeting and event venues, amphitheaters, sporting venues and arenas, groups at beaches, groups at parks.

REMAINS CLOSED: bars/nightclubs, museums, playgrounds, gym/fitness studios (yoga, cycling, martial arts, etc.), indoor entertainment venues (movies, bowling, bingo, etc.).

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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.  Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The applications for these funds are available here.


  “This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Catawba County United Way.  We celebrate the legacy of the past and the strong roots our United Way was based upon. We honor the present and are so grateful for the generous donations of our community.  The future is bright as we look to the next generation of community leaders and supporters like you to help improve the health, education and emergency services for a stronger tomorrow. Join me in making a difference in our community and donate to the 75th anniversary campaign.”  - 2019 Campaign Chair- Amy Guyer, Vice President, Century Furniture/Rock House Family of Brands


Shurtape employee is this year's 

Fair Share Donor winner

Congratulations to Danny Miller from Shurtape...he is this year's winner in Catawba County United Way’s Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway. He won a brand new car from Paramount Automotive in Hickory. Thank You to all of our United Way donors. Your collective efforts help support more than 20 local programs that help provide hope to thousands of individuals and families in Catawba County when they need it the most.
The other Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway finalists were: Kimberly Hayes - Catawba County Schools, Samantha Owens - Shurtape, Minda Scronce - Century Furniture, Lisa Thompson - Catawba County DSS, Amy Robinson - Vanguard. Back: Brian Hendrix - CertainTeed, Robin Ferrell - Fiber-Line, Keith Rice - Vanguard and Verna Tapp from Shurtape.

Can you afford to live in Catawba Co.? 

Try Our Money Needs Calculator:

The Our Money Needs Calculator is a great place to start to learn how much money your family needs to make ends meet. Be prepared to answer a few simple questions:
  • Which North Carolina county do you live in?
  • How many adults live in your house?
  • How many children do you have (by age)?

Our Money Needs Calculator helps you understand whether your family earns enough money to make ends meet. It considers where you live in North Carolina,your family makeup, taxes, and basic needs. Basic needs include housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care, and other essentials. You’ll also discover steps to get ahead, along with additional resources to help.

Click on CALCULATOR to get started!




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