Aug. 16, 2018
Catawba County United Way campaign volunteers review the material they will be sharing with local organizations this month.
Catawba County United Way prepares for 2018-19 campaign
BY JOHN BAILEY
From youth mentoring programs, to crisis assistance counseling, to disaster relief services, the Catawba County United Way is ready to make a difference with its 2018-19 campaign.
The group’s board recently approved the allocation recommendations made by the volunteers on its community investment panels.
Catawba County United Way will use the donor dollars pledged during this year’s campaign to help support 21 programs ran by its 14 funded partners.
“Our work is focused on building better lives and a thriving community by increasing educational opportunities, fostering financial stability and independence and improving healthcare access and understanding for all,” Campaign Chair and Catawba Valley Community College executive vice president Keith Mackie said.
United Way volunteers recently picked up campaign packets and will be taking them to local businesses and other organizations this month.
This is a “call to action” Catawba County United Way Executive Director Jennie Connor said.
“It’s time to ask how you want to be involved in your community, how do you want to have an impact in helping your neighbors,” Connor said.
Ann Peele, executive director for the Family Guidance Center in Hickory, talked about the impact her organization has had locally, during a Catawba County United Way campaign volunteer meeting.
The center provides individual and family counseling along with being a domestic violence shelter.
“We don’t know what kind of tragedy or what kind of upheaval will happen tomorrow,” Peele said. “I can tell you based on many of the parents I’ve worked with, whose teenager is being traumatized by domestic violence, they will all tell you how horrendous it is, how it’s impacted their child.”
She reminded the group that while their lives may be comfortable now, they could be the ones looking for help at any moment.
“Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can impact anyone, and it does,” Peele said. “Please let’s all be on the campaign to prevent some of these problems.”
She reminded everyone they all have an investment in their community.
“We do what we do because it’s part of us and our desire to give back and support our neighbors,” Peele said.
2018-19 funded partners and their programs include:
Adult Life Programs: adult day care - $41,000
ALFA: HIV/AIDS counseling, prevention education and testing - $21,800
Catawba Valley Chapter American Red Cross: emergency/disaster services - $22,367
Catawba Co. DSS Senior nutrition services: meals on wheels - $22,429
Catawba Co. Public Health, Breast Health: breast health education, preventive and screening services - $5,000
Community Ridge Daycare: child care subsidies - $40,571
Council on Adolescents: healthy youth education - $35,148
Council on Adolescents: mentoring programs for at-risk youth: $33,364
ECCCM: crisis financial assistance - $40,194
ECCCM: crisis assistance coaching - $16,833
Exodus Homes: transitional housing for homeless after release from treatment centers/prison - $33,333
Family Guidance Center: consumer credit counseling - $86,047
Family Guidance Center: first step domestic violence shelter - $136,366
Family Guidance Center: Individual and family counseling - $98,750
Family Guidance Center: sexual assault services - $19,929
Partnership for Children: Imagination Library - $22,107
Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center: tutoring programs for children grades K-3 - $15,000
The Salvation Army: crisis financial assistance - $24,462
The Salvation Army: Shelter of Hope - $33,893
The Salvation Army: Boys and Girls Club after-school and summer programs - $24,500
Sipes Orchard Home: transitional housing for ages 17-21 - $17,385
If you or your company would like to participate in Catawba County United Way’s 2018-19 campaign call Sylvia Long at 828-327-6851 or visit ccunitedway.com.