Wilmington Newcomers

Community Groups, Attractions and Events

Ability Garden operating under The Arboretum

The original Ability Garden is located at the Arboretum. Now they want to branch out into the communities closer to the people it can help. At Portia Hines Park  is the desired site for the Ability Garden.


Airlie Gardens

Established in 1901, Airlie Gardens is a valuable cultural and ecological component of New Hanover County and North Carolina history. Airlie is a breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, more than 100,000 azaleas and the grandeur of the 467-year-old Airlie Oak.   www.airliegardens.org

American Sewing Guild, Cape Fear Chapter

If you love to sew, this may be the group you are looking for.  There are three monthly meetings, two daytime and one evening, to fit into your schedule and your sewing interests.  The group is small, only 47 members at this time, but we love to share, inspire and create.  There are also many community service projects that we sew for and donate our time and materials.  If you would like more information about the group or would like to come to a meeting, please email for more details at info@asgcapefear.org or check out our website.  You can also connect with us on Facebook at ASG Cape Fear.  We look forward to meeting you!  Happy sewing!    www.asgcapefear.org

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. To join us, visit the website today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.   www.redcross.org/volunteer

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is a special 7-acres in the heart of New Hanover County where you can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area. Arboretum highlights include a resource center for horticultural research, education, leadership development, and environmental and aesthetic appreciation. The Arboretum supports tours, classes, water garden tours, art in the Arboretum, master gardener plant sale and more –admission is free.    www.arboretum.nhcgov.com

The Arts Council of Wilmington

 The Arts Council of Wilmington is dedicated to supporting artists, arts organizations and boosting the local economy through the arts—theater, artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and more.   www.artscouncilofwilmington.org

The Azalea Festival

Community rich event that includes something for everyone. An array of artwork, gardens, history and contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation.   www.ncazaleafestival.org

Bellamy Mansion Museum

The Bellamy Mansion Museum is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. The mansion now serves as a museum of history and the design arts, offering daily tours and many dynamic educational and cultural programs throughout the year.   www.bellamymansion.org

Cameron Art Museum

Cameron Art Museum celebrates excellence in the arts by being a cultural gathering place. The museum also serves as a vehicle for economic development in this community by attracting new residents, tourists, businesses and providing innovative programming and classes for all ages.  www.cameronartmuseum.org

Cape Fear Chorale


Cape Fear Literacy Council

The Cape Fear Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide individualized literacy services for adults in the Cape Fear area so they are able to meet their goals and develop their potential. Volunteers are welcomed as tutors and to assist with awareness-raising and fundraising events.    www.cfliteracy.org

Cape Fear Museum History and Science

 Explore the rich history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region at the states oldest history museum. Discover the past in Cape Fear Stories, where you can see a scale model of 1863 Wilmington waterfront and watch the Civil War Battle of Fort Fisher unfold before your eyes. Enjoy educational programs for children and families.   www.capefearmuseum.com

Cape Fear Orchid Society


Cape Fear River Watch

The mission of Cape Fear River Watch is to protect and improve the water quality of the lower Cape Fear river basin through education, advocacy and action.   www.capefearriverwatch.org

Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron

The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron is America's Boating Club®.  We offer a myriad of courses to enhance your boating skills, as well as regular opportunities to get together socially both on the water and land to enjoy each other's company and share experiences.  In assition, any non-member can request a free Vessel Safety Examination for their boat to ensure compliance with Coast Guard regulations.   Come for the boating education...stay for the friendsSM.    www.capefearsailandpowersquadron.org

Carolina Canines for Service

 Carolina Canines for Service, Inc. is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and to improving people's lives through the services of specially trained dogs.   www.caninesforservice.org

Comprehensive Care of Wilmington, Aging in Place

Helps seniors living in downtown Wilmington to continue to live independently and stay in their homes regardless of health, wealth or age.


Domestic Violence Shelter and Services

Works toward empowering the increasing number of victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence. Vintage Values resale shops, proceeds support victims of domestic violence. Volunteer opportunities!  www.domesticviolence-wilm.org


Dreams is a youth development organization that uses the performing, visual and literary arts to reach young people ages 8-18 who are living in poverty and at risk for involvement in the Juvenile Justice system, as well as for academic failure. 


Friends of Felines

Provides free spay/neutering programs, vaccinations, vet care, education & training programs to cat owners unable to pay for these services.


Good Shepherd Center

Good Shepherd's mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and foster transition of those in crisis to independence in the community. Opportunities are available for volunteers of every age, interest, and schedule.   www.goodshepherdwilmington.org

Kids Making It

Is a youth entrepreneurship program that teaches woodworking and vocational skills to at-risk youths from age eight into young adulthood.


Lower Cape Fear Hospice

Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for patients and their families. They also assist hospice families with errands as needed. Volunteers act as objective, caring friends to people in need. They also provide administrative support, help with special events, and give assistance with community outreach.   www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org

Lump to Laughter

Provides spiritual and emotional support as well as financial assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer.  Support meetings and gatherings, Hope Packages, Spa days, Virtual Shared Stories, Online private forums with local survivors, Angel Fund to assist with household bills while in treatment for breast cancer.  Volunteers are always needed to assist with supporting local survivors and those in treatment as well as help with special events, fundraising and community outreach.


Meals on Wheels

 Home Delivered Meals, our local Meals on Wheels provider, is looking for help from people who desire to give back to their community. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and package dinners to be delivered, organize schedules, make phone calls, load delivery vehicles, and deliver meals. Whether you have only a few hours one day per week, can volunteer every day, or can only work a few hours on a weekend, your assistance is needed.   www.weekendmealsonwheels.org

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Volunteers assist in the areas of Education, Aquariology and Horticulture and also as certified divers. Volunteers enable visitors to discover, enjoy and learn about exhibits and collections at the Aquarium. www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Nourish NC

The mission of NourishNC is to provide Healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.



paws4people foundation is a  20 year old Wilmington based organization that educates and empowers people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives. paws4people specializes in training customized Assistance Dogs for two general groups: children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, and/or emotional disabilities; and Veterans and Service Members with Chronic/Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma. They have placed over 700 dogs. 


p4p is always have a need for volunteers to help at the Puppy Development Center, participating as a Foster Family, leading tours in their new Castle Hayne training facility, Graphic designers, copy writers, editors, videographers , resource development professionals, Internet professionals of all types — web technology, web design, search engine specialists, marketing, communication.  Volunteer applications here: https://paws4people.org/volunteering/

RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program

 A new program in Pender County where retired volunteers use their life skills to assist others in the community through tutoring, home assistance,and mentoring developmentally disabled to find jobs. www.penderpas.com

Team First Book

Help provide kids in need with books of their very own!  Info sessions 1st Tuesday mornings at 10:00am at Panera at Oleander & Independence.  If interested please email Teamfirstbook@gmail.com to let us know you’d like to come. https://support.firstbook.org/TheyAreAllOurChildren

Thalian Hall

The 1858 Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts presents a broad range of educational, entertainment and cultural programs. This significant theater creates a culturally vibrant community by expanding education, entertainment and the imagination through the arts. Volunteers are a vital part of their operation, and there are several types of volunteer opportunities available: usher corps, docents, and archives.   www.thalianhall.org

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

Wilmington Downtown, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was established through a partnership with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the private sector to promote economic growth and cultural activities for people who live, work, play, shop, and visit downtown Wilmington. Committee and volunteer opportunities.   www.wilmingtondowntown.com

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

Ambassador Program has a team that works seven days a week, from 7am to 10pm from Monday through Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays 7am to 11pm, Sunday 9am to 5:30pm.  Amoung other duties, this team provides security escorts upon call or text request.  910-524-3600.  For more information, see website.  www.downtownambassador.com

Wilmington Gives Back

Wilmington Gives Back celebrates the many nonprofits in Southeastern North Carolina that enrich our lives. WGB is the complete guide to area non-profit organizations. It will help you find the nonprofit you support or that can help you.   www.wilmingtongivesback.org

Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network

Assists families who are facing homelessness and provides emergency shelter, employment resources, counseling and referral services.