Duke Energy assists this community with Share the Warmth and Cooling assistance funds.
North Carolina Community Foundation
The North Carolina Community Foundation, and Catawba Valley Foundation, partners with ECCCM by providing grants for crisis assistance, coaching programs and the Catawba Christmas Bureau.
Family Guidance Center
The Family Guidance Center is a partner with ECCCM, working together to help the community both through the Crisis Assistance Coaching Program (CACP) and Consumer Credit Counseling. Through this partnership, education is given to the community to eliminate crisis situations. In the event a crisis occurs, CACP helps those persons regain self-sufficinecy.
Catawba County Government
Catawba County is a valuable partner, helping ECCCM in a number of ways that are invaluable as services are provided to Catwaba County residents.
Catawba County partners with ECCCM with the Backpack Food Program for school children, and ECCCM is a contract agency that administers the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).
Catawba County United Way
As a Partner Agency with the Catawba County United Way, ECCCM recieves funding that assists with mortgage and rent payments, and assistance with utility bills and fuel oil & kerosene purchases.
The mission of Catawba County United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
The vision of Catawba County United Way is to be the most effective and efficient organization that identifies and prioritizies the greatest unmet human needs in the community, focuses human compassion, and mobilizes resources to meet those needs.
The Catawba County United Way has brought together people and resources to build a safety net to help meet the needs of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and families.
A constant reminder that when we as individuals think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of others’ lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides funds to Catawba County for mortgage and rent assistance, utility bills and food purchases.
Second Harvest Food Bank
As a Second Harvest Food Bank member, ECCCM recieves commodities for the ECCCM Charile Bunn Food Pantry, serving thousands of families each year who are experiencing food insecurity issues.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, ECCCM is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired of have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
MDI - Merchants Distributors, Inc.
A progressive, profitable company that is always improving results and is recognized by its employees for providing opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally; appreciated by its customers and suppliers for providing quality products and services as efficiently as possible; respected by its communities for the value it and its employees add; and admired for its integrity.
MDI is a supporter of ECCCM's hunger prevention program and backpack food program.
Catawba Valley American Red Cross
ECCCM works hand-in-hand with the Catawba Valley American Red Cross, assisting victims of home fires with emergency assistance as we help to establish temporary shelter to families.
Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc.
Save Money By Reducing Your Energy Bills
The services of the Weatherization Assistance Program reduce your energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of your home. In fact, these
services reduce the average annual energy costs by $300 per home.
Through the Weatherization Assistance Program, trained technicians evaluate the needs of each home by conducting anenergy audit. They suggest the
energy efficiency methods that are the most appropriate and cost-effective for your home, making it warm in the winter, cool in the summer and safe
all year long.
THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES INSTALLED AND THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE IN HEATING OR COOLING EQUIPMENT WILL PROVIDE SAVINGS IN ENERGY COSTS FOR 15 TO 20 YEARS.
When the energy audit is complete, a technician will meet with your family to explain how the work will be done. The technician will also inform you of ways you can conserve energy.
Typical services include:
• Performing tune-ups and repairs to heating and cooling systems
• Improving health and safety conditions by addressing carbon monoxide levels and combustion safety
• Sealing major air leaks
• Installing insulation in attics, walls, and floors
• Sealing and insulating ducts
• Installing a smart thermostat
Who is Eligible to Receive Weatherization Assistance?
The Weatherization Assistance Program is administered through North Carolina’s Department of Commerce. Thirty-three agencies throughout the state deliver the services to eligible residents.
Families with incomes below 200% (see chart below) of the Federal Poverty Level or households that have received income from SSI or TANF a maximum of 12 months prior to weatherization are automatically eligible, regardless of income.
200% of the
Each Additional Household Member
Due to the demand for services, eligible applicants for weatherization assistance may be placed on a waiting list for services.
The Weatherization Program prioritizes eligible families,serving the elderly, people with disabilities and familieswith children first.
How to Apply
Both homeowners and renters can receive Weatherization Services.
We can help renters obtain permission from their landlords for these home improvements. Residents can contact:
Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc
800 North Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-6255 Ext. 312 or 228
(828) 754-7377 Ext. 202, 203
(828) 754-7377 Ext 204
(828) 438-6255 Ext. 333
To determine an applicant’s eligibility for these services, we need the following information:
• Total family income for the past 12 months
• Utility records for the past 24 months
• Proof of home ownership
We can help residents obtain this information and complete the application process.
Weatherization assistance was provided for 14 homes in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties to stop air leaks, conserve energy and reduce utility bills. 23 persons benefited from this service. American Recovery & Reinvestment Act program provided funds to weatherize 293 homes and serve 404 persons.