One of the Catawba County United Way's (CCUW) goals is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others.

A great example of this is the CCUW’s annual Community Investment allocation panels. Held in May, this is a collection of volunteers from our community who donate their time to assess local non-profit agencies and their programs to see how they fit into the key areas of need the United Way focuses on each year: Health, Income and Education.

The CCUW board can’t thank these volunteers enough for being part of this journey with us.

These volunteers ensure the funding allocation process for the Catawba County United Way has the highest level of scrutiny it should to guarantee the donations received each year have the greatest impact on those who need it the most.

This year, more than 30 volunteers participated in three days of program presentations. The volunteers represented local school districts, Catawba Valley Community College, the Sheriff’s department, Catawba County government, City of Newton, City of Hickory, local clergy and retired professionals.

Companies represented included: Hanes Industries, Century Furniture, Publix, CommScope, Design Foundry, BB&T Bank, Corning, Morphis Law and Mediation, Pepsi, Alex Lee/MDI, Trinity Village and Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Together, they spent up to 6 hours each day listening to 15 local non-profits give presentations on 23 programs.

I can’t say it enough but thank you again to all those who served on this year’s CCUW Community Investment Board. Your help means services vital to the well-being of so many in need – our neighbors, friends and even family – are available when they need it. Thank You.

Keith Mackie – Chair

CCUW Community Investment committee

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