2-1-1 resources to help those impacted by shutdown

The impact of the federal government shutdown is beginning to be felt across the country and North Carolina.

Nearly 34,000 civilian federal workers in the state, out of the more than 800,000 nationwide, did not receive their most recent paychecks.

The United Way Worldwide’s helpline, 2-1-1 and specifically North Carolina’s UW 2-1-1 is prepared to be a resource for those families and individuals impacted by the shutdown.

North Carolina 2-1-1 call specialists have information about national resources being shared at as well as other local resources within the 2-1-1 resource database. 


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).


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Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Susan Estes, a teacher at Conover School. She is this year's Catawba County United  Way Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway winner. Employees of companies participating in this year's Fair Share Donors program (1 hour pay per month) went into 10 drawings since September for a chance at being a finalist to win either a Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra or a Volkswagen Jetta from Paramount Automotive. Along with giving away a new car, the event helps raise awareness of the impact the United Way has in Catawba County.


Can you afford to live in Catawba County? 

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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