YMCA of Catawba Valley Awarded Remote Learning Site Grant

Hickory, NC – November 18, 2020 – The YMCA of Catawba Valley has been awarded a grant for $155,000 to provide temporary remote learning support for working families in our community. The YMCA is proud to provide two remote learning sites, serving 157 children who need a safe place to participate in remote learning while schools are closed to in-person instruction during Plan B.

Governor Cooper signed HB 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, into law on Sept. 4; in part, this allocates $19.85 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for qualifying community-based organizations (CBOs) across the North Carolina. Per the legislation, the NC Alliance of YMCAs is administering the grant program that enables CBOs such as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, county and municipal parks and recreation departments, and other qualifying organizations in North Carolina to apply for funding to recoup expenses related to remote learning support. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is one of 116 organizations with 287 sites that have been approved for the grant; together these organizations will serve about 14,000 students across the state.

“We are thrilled to provide new enrichment programs for families across the Catawba Valley region, and grateful for the outpouring of support from our donors, partners and members for this critical program,” said Nat Auten, President & CEO of the YMCA. “The YMCA empowers thousands of kids and families every year through its child development centers, afterschool, summer camp programs, and more. We have continued these services during the pandemic and are proud to help our community recover by serving families in need.”

For additional information, contact:
Nat Auten, President/CEO, [email protected] (828)324-9622
Dianna Cloninger, HR Director, [email protected] (828)324-9622


The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. www.ymcacv.org.

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