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Warming stations for homeless

The following have been designated as warming stations for the homeless this winter. They provide activities, food and a place to hang out if the outside temperature gets below 34 degrees. The hours are 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

At 10 p.m. anyone in need can be transported to the Salvation Army Campus. Transportation for the warming stations leaves from the Life House at 4 p.m.

Mondays: First Presbyterian Church, 237 2nd St NW in Hickory

Tuesdays: Life House, 831 2nd Ave Pl SE in Hickory

Wednesdays: Morning Star & Christ Church, 126 4th Ave SW in Hickory

Thursdays: First United Methodist Church, 311 3rd Ave NE in Hickory

Fridays: Corinth Reformed United Church, 150 16th Ave NW in Hickory

Saturdays: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 547 6th St NW in Hickory

Sundays: St Luke's United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave NW in Hickory

For more information, contact 828-322-8061 x65618 (The Salvation Army Shelter).


Christmas Bureau registration closed but toys and clothing options still available...

If you weren’t able to sign up for this year’s Christmas Bureau, local law enforcement programs are still available – Cops for Tots and Santa Cops – to help families provide toys and clothing to their children during the holidays.

Conover Police Department Santa Cops program

Applications can be found at Conover PD Website, and they need to be completed and turned in by Dec. 10.

All applicants must reside within the following school systems: Newton-Conover City Schools, Lyle Creek Elementary and Shuford Elementary.

Children receiving help from DSS or other Christmas Programs or if they have received help from the Santa Cops Program the last two years will not qualify for Santa Cops.

To make donations, look for the Conover Police Santa Cops Logo on any of the donation boxes at locations in Conover.

For more information call Conover PD at 828-465-4698.

Hickory Police Department Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House”

The location of the Christmas Wish House will be the Old Soup Kitchen building located at 131 Main Avenue NE in Hickory this year. The dates will be Dec. 11-13.
For information about Hickory Police Department’s Cops for Tots call 828-261-2691 or visit HPD’s Facebook Page.
Those families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2018 or have been serviced by the Wish House for the past three consecutive years will not be eligible to shop at the Christmas Wish House. Hopefully this will allow more children in need to receive toys.



Christmas Bureau registration closed but toys and clothing options still available...
Christmas Bureau registration closed but toys and clothing options still available...

A note from our 2018 Campaign Chair- Keith Mackie, Ed.D. - Executive Vice President Catawba Valley Community College

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. Your support makes this work possible.” Keith Macki


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Feature Articles & Press Releases

2018 Dec. 4 - Family Guidance Center celebrates 60 years of helping individuals and families through crises.

2018 Nov. 21 - Local non-profits work together to provide toys and coats to families in need for Christmas

2018 Nov. 13 - Hungry and homeless looking for a hand up.

2018 Nov. 6 - Catawba County United Way recognizes volunteers who give from the heart.

2018 Oct. 26 - Family Guidance Center helps raise awareness of domestic violence with round-table discussion

2018 Oct. 22 - Shurtape donates a dozen AEDs to Adult Life Programs

2018 Oct. 15 - Area students compete and learn the value of giving back during annual cross country invitational.

2018 Oct. 2 – United Way Cross Country Invitational ready to raise awareness

2018 Sept. 24 – HDR Notable Neighbor: ECCCM client ready to “pay it forward.” 

2018 Sept. 17 – HDR Notable Neighbor: Eddie Hoover is driven to connect with his community.                    

2018 Sept. 10 – HDR Notable Neighbor: Glenn Barger inspired to make a difference through United Way.

2018 Sept. 6 - Catawba County United Way "stuffs the bus" with school supplies

2018 Sept. 5 - HDR Notable Neighbor, Keith Mackie talks value of volunteerism

2018 Aug. 23 - United Way makes increasing child literacy a priority

2018 Aug.16 - Catawba County United Way set for new campaign

2017 Oct 22- Catawba County Orgs Take Action against Poverty

2017 25th United Way Cross Country Invitational Oct. 11

2016-2017 Spirit Awards Winners & Annual Meeting

March 2017 Prescription for a Healthy Community

February 2017 Make Sure Your Head Isn't in the Sand

January 2017 Corning Volunteers!

January 2017 Peanut butter, flashlights, socks & HOPE