Rotary Club of Lake Hickory awards grants to non-profit organizations | Local News


HICKORY — The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory awarded grants to 12 local nonprofit organizations in its annual grant competition. Since 2018, the club has donated nearly $68,000 to local nonprofits.

This year’s grants will benefit youth programs in and around Catawba County. Each of these organizations exemplifies Rotary’s motto, “Serving Before Self.”

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations and programs:

Carolina Caring Foundation – in support of The Brighter Days program, which will support grieving children and teens by providing a safe place to process their grief.

Catawba Science Center – in support of the Partners in Science program which provides low-cost or no-cost science education programs to school-aged children.

Catawba Valley Young Life – to support the training of volunteer leaders to provide a safe and supportive environment for adolescents.

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Centro Latino – to support the Abriendo Puertas program which provides after-school tutoring assistance to English language learners.

Catawba Valley Family Care Center – in support of the organization’s Keeping Them Moving program which provides scooters, bicycles and other non-motorized transportation to homeless children living in their residential facilities.

Hickory Landmarks Society – to provide books and educational materials on the history of Hickory and Catawba County to young people visiting the organization’s facilities.

Hickory Music Factory — in support of the “Music for All” after-school program, which offers elementary school students the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, regardless of their financial means.

Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center — in support of the Augustine Literacy Project, which provides reading assistance to elementary school students from low-income families.

Piedmont Council of the Boy Scouts of America – in support of its annual Scouting for Food Drive campaign which provides over 19,000 pounds of food to children and families in need.

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club — in support of after-school program gardening programs.

Sipe’s Orchard Home — in support of the organization’s Transitional Living Program, which provides support for youth preparing to exit the foster care system.

Teen Christmas (Catawba County United Way) — to provide Christmas gifts to teens in need.

Founded in 1973, The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory and its members unite in fellowship to live the motto of Rotary Service Above Self by creating a positive impact in communities, locally, nationally and globally. For more information about the club, visit


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