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2018 Giving From The Heart Volunteer Awards

Got a great volunteer that you want to recognize?  This is a GREAT way to recognize your volunteers without costing your agency/organization anything!

Nominate them for the 2018 Giving From the Heart Award.  We accept nominations for volunteers that live or volunteer in Catawba County and we accept nominations from all non-profits and all not-for-profits.

The Award luncheon is scheduled for November 14th at the Catawba County Club and all nominees will receive an invitation to the luncheon.  Nominees will be recognized and receive a certificate at the luncheon.  

Please complete the attached nomination form and return to me by October 17, 2018.  This will be a strict cut-off in order to get the applications judged and plan for the luncheon.

Click here for the application.  If you have any questions, you may contact Tammy Dotson at 828-327-6851 or at

2018 Christmas Bureau announces registration dates


Registration for the 2018 Christmas Bureau will be held from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Families should register at the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, 245 East N. Street in Newton.

The Catawba County Christmas Bureau is a collaborative effort among several Catawba County agencies and organizations to provide toys, clothing and coats to children and teenagers in need of assistance during the Christmas season.

The event serves children from birth through age 17, and families must be residents of Catawba County.

Gifts are distributed at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Hickory in December.

The following documents are needed to register: photo ID or passport for each applying adult, birth certificate or social security card or Medicaid card for all children in the household, custody papers as applicable, proof of all monthly income, proof of all monthly expenses, proof of Catawba County residency.

For more information contact the Catawba County United Way at 828-327-6851 or ECCCM at 828-465-1702.


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 Mackie

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!

NCWorks Online Connecting talent to jobs

NCWorks online is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.

Click here to find out more.

Dial 2-1-1 or visit for 24/7 access to resources and assistance in Catawba County and across our state.


Feature Articles & Press Releases

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