How to Help Your Neighbors

We are a strong community that looks out for one another. If you would like to help your neighbors during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, below are some of the ways you can offer your support. If you know of a helping opportunity that should be added below, please contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov or 828-695-4266.

Health care volunteers needed

A crucial part of supporting our health care system includes recruiting volunteers to supplement our health care workforce. This response is provided through the State Medical Response System (SMRS), which recruits and manages volunteers in the following areas:

  • Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
  • Clinical support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care) 
  • Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety, and administrative)

Register at www.terms.ncem.org/TRS.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.

Please postpone your donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy, and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Learn more.

Catawba County United Way COVID-19 Response Fund
For more than 75 years, donor gifts to the Catawba County United Way have supported community resources that serve struggling families across our county.

Because of the economic pressures created by the current COVID-19 outbreak, workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Children who rely on free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. The elderly are at risk as food pantries and other community resources are inundated.

The Catawba County United Way is preparing to provide additional funding to those community partners with the greatest need and who's clients are being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are asking anyone who can to support the Catawba County United Way Emergency Economic Relief Fund.

The fund will be donation driven. The Catawba County United Way will prioritize funding for front line programs providing aid to Catawba County residents affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts caused by the current crisis.

You may donate here or through the Catawba County United Way Facebook page.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry
When needs increase in our community, so does the need for ECCCM’s services. This extends to the need for additional support from people who want to help those less fortunate. If you are able to help ECCCM assist our community, please go to www.ecccm.org and click Donate Now.

The Corner Table

  • The Corner Table requests monetary donations to help restock the Backpack Warehouse. Donations can be made at www.thecornertable.org/donate. Donors should earmark their donation for the Backpack Program. The bags that were packed in March encompassed The Corner Table's entire food stock at the warehouse and their next delivery of food is scheduled for April 9. Therefore, there will not be any more backpack distributions until the stock is replenished. Donors interested in purchasing food supplies for the Backpack Warehouse should contact Backpack Program Coordinator at 828-464-0355.
  • The Corner Table requests monetary donations to assist with the purchase of paper products, food supplies, cleaning supplies, etc. at the soup kitchen. Donations can be made at www.thecornertable.org/donate.
  • Donors interested in purchasing supplies are asked to review list of current needs below. Donations maybe dropped off by calling The Corner Table at 828-464-0355 to schedule a drop-off time.
    • To-go boxes
    • Styrofoam plates
    • Styrofoam bowls
    • Aluminum foil
    • 16 oz. cups
    • Straws
    • Napkins
    • Plasticware
    • Lysol
    • Clorox
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels

Resources for people who wish to volunteer
The current COVID-19 outbreak has forced many individuals and families to remain home due to government mandates and, in some cases, the need to self-quarantine. This has left many local non-profits short on manpower because of increasing demand for their services. Some of these agencies provide essential aid (economic and health related assistance) to many in need, especially during the current pandemic.

The Catawba County United Way asks past and present volunteers to find anyone who might want to help these programs. There are many options from helping to stock local food pantries, to making food deliveries, to helping with a Red Cross Blood drive.

If you're interested in volunteering, email John Bailey at jbailey@ccunitedway.com.