Agencies Dedicated to Serving Children and Adolescents

Please contact the agency directly to apply. CFCC does not place students in volunteer or service learning positions in external agencies. You may also find local volunteer opportunities posted on sites such as Cape Fear Volunteer Center and Volunteer Match.

AVID Program of New Hanover County Schools

“International college preparatory program, available at several middle and high schools within New Hanover County Schools, which is designed for students typically underserved by colleges and universities.”
Contact: Jessica Eliot, Coordinator
Phone: 910.254.4304
Location: New Hanover County Middle and High Schools

The Blue Ribbon Commission Youth Enrichment Zone

The Youth Enrichment Zone is designed to make community resources available to reduce youth violence, increase education rates and make a brighter future for children, families, and individuals living within a specific zone in North Wilmington.
Contact: See website (above)
Phone: See website (above)
Location: Sites located throughout Northside Wilmington

Boy Scouts of America–Cape Fear Council

“The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every youth to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”
Contact: Andrew Zeldin, District Executive
Phone: 910.395.1100, ext. 21
Location: 110 Longstreet Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412

Brigade Boys and Girls Club

Organization that offers “programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.”
Contact: Angie Hill, Director of Marketing and Development
Volunteer Opportunities
Phone: 910.392.0747
Location: 2759 Vance Street, Wilmington, NC 28409

Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem

Program that ” offers enrichment opportunities to approximately 500 abused, neglected and dependent children who find themselves in the foster care system in New Hanover and Pender Counties, and supports the 150 Guardians ad Litem (GAL) who advocate in court for these children.”
Contact: Beverly Dixon
Phone: 910.251.2733 ext. 241 or 148.
Location: 320 Chestnut St. Suite 405, Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear Museum

Oldest history museum in North Carolina . . . [that] collects images and artifacts that help us understand the history, science and cultures of the region.” This museum has several child-friendly events and programs.
Contact: Karen Smith
Phone: 910.798.4366
Location: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear Soccer Association

“Cape Fear Soccer Association (CFSA) is a non-profit (501(c)3) North Carolina Corporation organized to promote and administer the operation of a participation youth recreational soccer division, challenge soccer division, classic soccer division, and an adult amateur soccer division.”
Contact: Tara Richardson, Director of Recreation
Phone: 910.392.0306
Location: Wilmington, NC

Children’s Museum of Wilmington

Interactive, play-based museum for children that “provides magical and playful experiences for children ages 1-8. Children and the adults who bring them find ample opportunities to explore and better understand the arts, sciences, culture and more, through engaging exhibits and programs.”
Contact: Mary Ellen Boylan, Art and Early Childhood Educator
Phone: 910.254.3534, ext. 103
Location: 116 Orange St., Wilmington

Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program

Program that offers children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in therapeutic horseback riding sessions.
Contact: Kim Niggel, Executive Director
Phone: 910.470.0490
Location: 3507 N. Kerr Ave., Wilmington  28401
Instructions: Contact agency for volunteer opportunities and guidelines.

Community Boys & Girls Club

“After school and summer programs designed to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
Contact: Kristin Zachary, Program Director
Phone: 910.762.1252
Locations: Wilmington: 901 Nixon Street Wilmington, NC 28401
Southport: 705 North Lord Street Southport, NC 28461

Communities in Schools

Local affiliate the nation’s largest dropout-prevention program. CIS is “dedicated to facilitating the connection between community resources and the public schools of New Hanover and Pender Counties for the purposes of helping young people learn, stay in school and prepare for life. . . . CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs. With mentoring and tutoring support, students can concentrate on learning and educators can concentrate on teaching.”
Contact: Lisa Brewer, Program Director
Phone: 910.343.1901
Location: 20 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

CUE Center for Missing Persons

CUE (Community United Effort) is an organization that provides free services and support for missing persons and their families. CUE also offers college internship and youth mentoring programs.
Contact: Monica Caison, Executive Director
Phone: 910.343.1131
Location: Wilmington, NC

The Dance Cooperative

Non-profit dance studio that is “committed to nurturing the dance community by providing affordable classes, rehearsal space, and performance opportunities to those underserved artistically, culturally, and economically in the Greater Wilmington Area.”
Contact: Anne Firmender, School Director
Phone: 910.763.4995
Location: 118 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

disABILITY Resource Center

“A community based, non-profit, non residential program that provides free services to persons with disabilities. dRC is dedicated to assisting all persons regardless of disability in making choices about their own lives and in experiencing success as active participants in society.”
Contact: Gloria Garton, Executive Director
Phone: 910.815.6618
Location: 140 A Cinema Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

Domestic Violence Shelter of Wilmington

Non-profit organization that “provides shelter and direct services for victims and their children in New Hanover County. Other areas are served as needed.”
Contact: Bonnie Iler, Executive Director
Phone: 910.343.0703
Location: Office Location: 2901 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

Dreams of Wilmington

Non-profit organization that is “dedicated to building character and self-esteem in young people through involvement in the arts. . . . DREAMS offers programs for children at15 sites throughout the Wilmington area. Through dance, music, painting, and much more, we strive to transcend cultural barriers and emphasize self-discipline and teamwork.”
Contact: Emily Prabhaker, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 910.772.1501
Location: 515 Ann Street, Wilmington NC 28402

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina

Local chapter of Easter Seals that devoted to serving people living with disabilities. Disabilities include cerebral palsy, autism, Spinal Bifida, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, stroke, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, hearing and visual impairments, and mental health conditions.
Phone: 910.790.5921
Location: 33 Darlington Ave., Wilmington,  NC 28403

Fit for Fun Center, City of Wilmington Recreation

Open indoor play opportunities for children ages five and under, offering developmental play equipment, musical instruments, transportation play, balls and indoor slides, music and art programs. Outdoor state of the art playground and indoor birthday parties also available. Volunteers must complete a volunteer/intern application.
Email: Colleen Farrell, Center Director
Phone: 910-341-4630
Email: 302 S. 10th St., Wilmington (across from Gregory Elementary School)

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

Program that teaches teach girls “the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment.”
Contact: Michelle White
Phone: 910.538.1270
Location: 108 E. Lockhaven Dr. Goldsboro, NC  27534

Junior Achievement of the Cape Fear Region

Junior Achievement (JA) helps students see the relevancy between what they are learning in school and how it relates to life outside of the classroom.  Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers –all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential.  JA’s hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 
Contact: Courtney Hickman , Volunteer & Community Relations Manager
Phone: 910.762.3690
Location: 217 N. Fifth Avenue, Suite 101, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Kids Making It

Kids Making It (KMI) is a national award-winning program that teaches woodworking skills in a “strong mentoring environment and instilling patience, pride, perseverance, confidence, teamwork and self-esteem.  KMI kids are able to build character through community service projects and impart the truth of actions and consequences through the woodworking process.”
Contact: Jeff Citrin, Associate Director
Phone: 910.763.6001
Location:  15 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

New Hanover County Public Schools

Public school system serving all of New Hanover County. Students must contact individual schools for volunteer opportunities and guidelines: Public School Directory

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

One of three North Carolina State Aquariums. The Fort Fisher Aquarium offers a variety of summer camp and youth enrichment programs.
Contact: Suzanne Holtzclaw, Coordinator
Phone: 910.458.8257, ext. 232
Location: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Nourish NC

“Nourish NC began in 2008 when a small group of concerned women discovered that children in their school were going hungry on weekends. These parents decided to take action and funded a backpack program for those 20 children at Carolina Beach Elementary School. News of the success spread quickly and Nourish NC expanded to a middle school in 2009. With widespread interest in the program, Nourish NC became a 501(c)3 non-profit and now provides weekend meals for over 190 children in New Hanover County schools. Nourish NC also provides weekend food for the long holiday and summer breaks.”
Contact: Kim Karlslake, Executive Director
Phone: 910.442.7831
Location: New Hanover County

Pender County Public Schools

Public school system serving all of Pender County. Students must contact individual schools for volunteer opportunities and guidelines: Public School Directory

Special Olympics of New Hanover County

Local affiliate of Special Olympics that “offers 11 sports including golf, soccer, basketball, aquatics, bocce, softball, tennis, power-lifting, athletics, roller skating and bowling. In addition to sports we offer seasonal dances and social get-togethers and Camp Shriver, a sports day camp.”
Contact: Jonathan Batts, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 910.341.5876
Location: 302 Willard Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Village of Greenfield Community Center

Community center that provides an after school tutoring, mentoring, and recreation program for children in grades K-12.
Contact: Swandella Nixon, Director of Resident Services
Phone: 910.772.9889
Location: 1400 S. 11th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

Wesley Memorial Church After School Program

After school program at Wesley Memorial Church.
Contact: Mae Spencer or Regina Steigerwald
Phone: 910.791.4002
Location: 1401 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA is a “non-profit association committed to a mission of supporting Judeo-Christian principles through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”
Contact: Emily Foster, New Hanover Youth Director
Dana Youmans, Director of Y.E.S. Program in Pender County
Phone: 910.251.9622, ext. 255
Location: 2710 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403

WRAAP: Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place

This comprehensive after school program, located at Williston Middle School and D.C. Virgo Middle School, offers a variety of services for at-risk students that “promote self-reliance and healthy lifestyles, through education, mentoring, and advocacy. The mission of WRAAP is to bridge the educational and social gaps that exist amongst our youth, families, and communities.”
Contact: Eyrn Teague, Williston Middle School Site Director
Phone: 910.392.6007
Location: 2929 Princess Place Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

WIRE: Wilmington youth center for Inspiration, Recreation, and Education

Middle and high school after school and mentoring program offered through CIS (Communities in Schools).
Contact: Aaron Williams or Megan Toothman
Phone: 910.343.1901
Location: 20 N. 4th St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Instructions:  Contact organization for volunteer opportunities and guidelines.