The board of the Unifour Foundation Endowment recently announced $220,080 in local grant awards.
Grants totaling $112,830 were made to the following organizations to support COVID-19 relief and health and human services:
- 957 Mobile Café for general operating support
- American Red Cross – Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter for disaster relief in the Unifour counties
- Caldwell Senior Center, Inc. for general operating support
- Catawba County Council on Aging for general operating support
- Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Inc. for family recruitment
- Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry for general operating support
- Habitat for Humanity – Catawba Valley, Inc. for the Ridgeview project
- Helping Hands Clinic of Caldwell County, Inc. for adjusting to COVID-19
- Hickory Soup Kitchen for nourishing our community
- Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Hickory for the Shelter of Hope Homeless Shelter Second Harvest Food
- Bank of Northwest NC for Alexander County capacity building
- South Caldwell Christian Ministries for the Safe at Home program
- The Corner Table for program supplies
- Women’s Resource Center, Inc. for the Pantry with a Purpose program
- YMCA of Catawba Valley for emergency childcare as result of COVID-19
Grants totaling $68,000 were made to the following organizations to support substance use and mental health:
- Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare for the L.E.A.D. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program
- Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Inc. for the Keeping Them Safe program
- Safe Harbor of NC, Inc. for transformation through transition
- TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc.) for residential substance abuse recovery services for individuals from the Unifour region
Grants totaling $20,750 were made to the following organizations to support arts, recreation and economic development:
- Foothills Conservancy of NC for new public recreation lands in Burke and Catawba countie
- Hickory Community Theatre for keeping downtown Hickory alive and vibrant
- Hiddenite Center for the Lucas Mansion third floor gutter addition
- Western Piedmont Symphony, Inc. for the Support the Symphony! Program
Grants totaling $18,500 were made to the following organizations to support education and early childhood development:
- Catawba County Hispanic Ministry, Inc., “Centro Latino” for the Abriendo Puertas: Opening Doors for Latino Students program
- Catawba Science Center for the Portal To Science program
- Hickory Museum of Art for the Suffrage program
- Outreach Center for the W.O.W. (Wishes, Opportunties, and Wonders) program
Jamie Treadaway, board president, thanked the community for its continued support of the Unifour Foundation. “We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so vital to the community,” he said. “We are grateful to the many members of our community that have supported our work.”
About the Unifour Foundation Endowment
The Unifour Foundation was created when the Hickory Merchants Association sold its local credit reporting company to a national company, enabling the creation of the Unifour Foundation in 1999, which is one of 71 endowments that make up the Catawba Valley Community Foundation. The Unifour Foundation promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba.
A grants committee representing former members of the Hickory Merchants Association and other community leaders reviews applications and makes selections for grant funding. Since 1991, the Unifour Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants. Grants have generally ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.
Advisory board members live and work in the Unifour area, positioning them to strategically leverage resources, meet local needs and access opportunities. In addition to Treadaway, board members include: Chip Huffman, Grey Scheer, Sam Avery, Nancy Fritz, Lee Rogers and Patty Schenk.
About the North Carolina Community Foundation
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $161 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $284 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,300 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.