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Community Relations Council

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History

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council was established in 1963. Although many changes have taken place in our community since then, promoting diversity and tolerance of others is still our primary focus.

Mission

To promote positive relationships within our community through dialogue, education, programs, and resources.

Objectives

To facilitate dialogue and encourage fellowship among diverse groups within our community.

To provide educational opportunities for the community through partnerships, media and outreach programs.

To evaluate programming on a continual basis to include grants, events and outreach.

To identify all available resources, to successfully implement ways to utilize those resources and to assess the outcomes of programs and events.

Human Relations Awards

The annual Human Relations Awards are designed to recognize any individual, youth, or organization/business that has gone “above and beyond” in promoting good human relations in the City of Hickory. The 2021 award winners were Reverend William "Bill" Garrard and the Hickory Choral Society. Nominations for the 2022 Human Relations Awards are currently being accepted. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29.

2022 Human Relations Award Nomination Form

CRC Project Grants

The Community Relations Council is currently seeking projects to fund for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and is inviting qualified groups  to consider submitting grant requests for projects or programs that directly support the CRC's mission. Priority will, generally, be given to projects that are designed to deliver the greatest impact on positive human relations, that are most effective in bringing different sub-communities of Hickory together, and that provide services and resources to the people who can most benefit. Applications are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for submitting for the Spring 2022 grant cycle has been extended to 5p.m., Monday, April 4.

CRC Spring 2022 Grant Application  CRC Grant Application Tutorial

Membership

The CRC consists of 16 members, two of which are high school students and two of which shall be differently-abled or physically challenged. No more that 5 of the 14 members shall be of any one racial/ethnic background.

If you are interested in serving on the CRC, please complete a Board and Commission Membership Application. All appointments are made by the Hickory City Council.

CRC meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. All meetings are held at Hickory Police Headquarters unless otherwise noted.


Staff Liaison

Captain Philip Demas
pdemas@hickorync.gov 
828-261-2608


Past Projects

  • Annual Grant Cycles

  • Building on Faith

  • Building Community from Diversity

  • Hmong New Year's Celebration

  • Immigration Forum

  • Diversity presentations to schools and neighborhood groups

  • Diversity directory

  • Partnerships with local non-profit agencies assisting new arrivals in the Greater Hickory Metro

  • Diversity training sessions

  • Community movie nights

  • International Spring Fest in partnership with the Hickory International Council