We love Wilmington, NC! Because we love our town, we try to spend a little time each year giving back to the community that offers so much to us. Here at Cape Fear Riverboats, we find that giving back is rewarding in ways that may surprise you, and there’s a great need right in your own back yard.

Volunteering your time is a way to gain experience you might never have tried, such as running a cash register or sitting on a planning board. And if you’re short of time, there are many worthy causes in need of financial donations large and small. Give back in 2016, Wilmington! You’ll be glad you did.

Here are just a few ways to give back in downtown Wilmington:

  1. Have a flair for woodworking? Want to make a positive impact in a teenager’s life? If you answered yes, consider volunteering at Kids Making It! This downtown Wilmington woodworking program helps reduce juvenile delinquency and keep kids in school. They are always in need of funding donations, too.
  2. If you want to donate time at annual events, there are plenty to choose from here in Wilmington. Volunteers are always needed at Riverfest, the Azalea Festival, and the Patrick’s Day Parade.
  3. Cape Fear River Watch needs help protecting the Cape Fear River. Become a member, volunteer for cleanups and boat rentals at Greenfield Lake, or make a donation for a cleaner river.
  4. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE helps build small businesses by providing business advice. Donate your time and expertise to aid small business owners who are just starting out or growing their business.
  5. The City of Wilmington needs volunteers for committees and boards, after-school programs, special events, and even to paint murals!
  6. Lend a hand to the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), which helps local homeowners with household repairs they can’t afford or can’t do themselves. WARM needs help wielding hammers, managing publicity, reaching out to organizations and churches, and making sandwiches for the work teams.
  7. New Hanover County is seeking board members for county committees such as local parks, the ABC commission, and the economic development commission.
  8. The Salvation Army depends on volunteers to help the poor and victims of natural disasters. Volunteer with the local Salvation Army, cut wood and deliver it to those in need, donate goods, or donate financial assistance.
  9. Some members of our community don’t have enough to eat, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina fights hunger. There are lots of ways to volunteer: Speakers, office assistants, warehouse help, special events volunteers, and more positions are needed. You can fundraise or help with a corporate partnership to help end hunger in Wilmington, NC.

When you’re all finished with your hard work giving back in downtown Wilmington, treat yourself to a comfortable, beautiful cruise on the Henrietta III or the JN Maffitt on the Cape Fear River. Call (910) 343-1611 for details and reservations, and enjoy your time giving back!

Here are photos from the Henrietta III’s Annual Santa Cruise. Donate 5 cans of food and you can ride and visit Santa at no charge. Donated food is given to our local chapter of the Salvation Army.

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