Cape Fear Community College Plumbing students are partnering with the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) to make critical repairs to local homes. WARM organizes volunteers and raises funds to complete urgent home repairs and accessibility upgrades for low-income homeowners in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties. Requiring an advanced and specialized skill set, plumbing repairs are among the most difficult for WARM to address.
This semester, CFCC Plumbing students, under the direction of instructor Mike Smith, completed critical repairs to three area homes and are currently working on two more. “The Cape Fear Community College Plumbing Program is proud of its partnership with WARM. It allows students the opportunity to give back to their community while providing unique learning experiences. The learning opportunities encountered on WARM projects would be almost impossible to duplicate in the classroom lab environment,” said Smith.
The partnership is a win-win situation, providing CFCC students with invaluable field experience and enabling WARM to meet the urgent needs of local residents. WARM covers the cost of project materials, saving CFCC the cost of practice supplies used on campus. Utilizing CFCC student volunteers recently saved WARM $2,000 on a home repair, allowing the organization to serve at least one more homeowner with the money saved.
“I doubt these students knew when they signed up for the course that they would also be keeping dreams alive,” said JC Skane, Executive Director of WARM.