HICKORY — The board of the Unifour Foundation Endowment recently announced $251,680 in local community grant awards. Improving early childhood education, alleviating substance use, and addressing food insecurity in the area were core priorities in grantmaking decisions.
This year the board granted five grants totaling $90,000 for improving early childhood education to the following organizations:
Alexander County Partnership for Children
Catawba County Partnership for Children
Catawba Valley Community College Foundation Inc.
Sipe’s Orchard Home
They granted three grants totaling $47,500 for substance use and mental health to the following organizations:
Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare
AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance
TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers Inc.)
They granted seven grants totaling $59,680 for addressing food insecurity and scarcity to the following organizations:
957 Mobile Café
Caldwell County Yokefellow Inc
Hickory Soup Kitchen
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
The Corner Table
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Hickory
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
They granted 12 grants totaling $54,500 for health and human services to the following organizations:
Catawba County Council on Aging
Catawba County Hispanic Ministry Inc. (Centro Latino)
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Inc.
Family Care Center of Catawba Valley Inc.
Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
Habitat for Humanity – Catawba Valley Inc.
Helping Hands Clinic of Caldwell County Inc.
Safe Harbor of NC Inc.
South Caldwell Christian Ministries
Southmountain Children and Family Services
The Outreach Center
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
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.”
The Unifour Foundation Inc. was created in 1996 with the proceeds from the sale of the Hickory Merchants Association’s credit reporting company to Equifax. The Unifour Foundation Endowment was then established with the NC Community Foundation in 1998. The Unifour Foundation Endowment promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba.
A diverse advisory board of directors reviews applications and makes selections for grant funding. Members of the Advisory Board are elected on the basis of their knowledge of the community and their areas of expertise, and reside within, work in, or own property in one of the Unifour Endowment’s counties. The 2021 Unifour Board members include Jamie Treadway, president; Lee Rogers, president-elect; Clinton Annas; Sam Avery; Tamara Coley; Chip Huffman; and Grey Scheer.
Since 1999, the Unifour Foundation Endowment has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants.