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 community closer to the people it can help. 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.

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, 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 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!                   

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.


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 gardeners, plant sale and more –admission is free.                                         

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.

The Azalea Festival

Community rich event that includes something for everyone. It is an array of artwork, gardens, and history that 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.

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.

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.

Cape Fear Chorale

In its 20th year, Cape Fear Chorale is an incorporated non-profit community chorus.  The mission of the Cape Fear Chorale is to present, at no charge, professional quality choral music that provides artistic and educational experiences for its performers and an ever-broadening audience.

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.

Cape Fear Museum History and Science

Explore the rich history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region at the state's 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. 

Cape Fear Orchid Society

The Cape Fear Orchid Society is an organization open to people who love orchids and growing them.

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.               

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 addition, 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.

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.

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 Shop's proceeds support victims of domestic violence. Volunteer opportunities!                                                                       


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.                                                 

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.    

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, and an 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.    

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.

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 always has 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, and communication.  Volunteer applications here: 

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 the developmentally disabled to find jobs.

Team First Book

Help provide kids in need with books of their very own!  Info sessions 1st Tuesday mornings at 10:00am at Panera Bread at Oleander & Independence.  If interested, please email to let us know you’d like to come.

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.

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.

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

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

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.                 

Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network

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

Other Interesting Sites:

Cape Fear Stage

Port City Daily

Wilmington Biz 

Brooklyn Arts Center

What's on Wilmington

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

UNCW Office of the Arts

The Wilson Center