Caldwell County has been awarded $30,608 under the federal Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. A local board will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the applying emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. Local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system review or annual audit, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Organizations interested in applying can get an application by contacting Jamie Willis — United Way of Caldwell County, P.O. Box 1316, Lenoir, NC 28645; or 828-758-9300; or The deadline for applications to be received is Jan. 27 at noon.

The deadline for applications during the Caldwell County Schools’ open enrollment period, when families may apply for students to transfer out of their home districts, is Feb. 28. Students who currently already are on an approved transfer also are required to apply. The one-page application, more detailed information, and policies regarding student transfers are posted on the school district website,

The Guardian Ad Litem program works with children up to age 18 who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect. The goal is to have a volunteer for every child represented by our program. In this time of COVID, the program is providing the needed training virtually. For more information, call 828-759-3521 or visit