June 15 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the state’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have begun to receive flexible funds that can be used to help low-income individuals and families meet a variety of needs caused by the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds are part of the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and can, among other allowable uses, help eligible residents facing eviction with unmet rent and utility expenses. 

To apply for help, contact your local Community Action Agency. For additional information on the CSBG funding or contact information for the 33 Community Action Agencies in North Carolina, visit

June 11

The State Board of Education approved the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina's Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools and a summary with navigation links to the full document.

Click HERE for more state updates.


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  “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.

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  • Point-in-Time homeless count
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