More than 1,000 area volunteers joined together Saturday for the annual Work on Wilmington event.
The annual initiative, now in its tenth year, aims to improve the local community through members of the community, who contribute their time and talents during the one-day event. It is organized by Leadership Wilmington, a civic leadership development program of the Wilmington Chamber Foundation.
This year’s saw civic-minded professionals and businesses teaming up on 25 improvement projects, including landscaping and gardening at Snipes Academy of Art and Design, Mosley Performance Learning Center, Mary Howe Pre-K, Laney High School and Alderman Elementary school, as well as painting at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC and refurbishments to Carolina Beach State Park. Volunteers also put a fresh coat of paint inside Community Boys and Girls Club, and helped fix up the non-profit’s baseball field and playground area, among other improvements.
Over the last four years, Work on Wilmington has raised in excess of $250,000 for annual projects, according to the Wilmington Chamber Foundation. Major sponsors for 2015 include: PPD; Corning Foundation; GE Hitachi Nuclear; The Home Depot Foundation; The Grainger Foundation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center; Live Oak Bank; and Hill, Chesson and Woody.
“Volunteer efforts are made possible by over 70 area businesses and individuals who provide materials, services and financial support. It is estimated that over $130,000 in free labor is provided by the volunteers who participate in Work On Wilmington,” Scott Czechlewski, Director of Communications for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, said. “Because many hands are collectively working, projects that would take months to accomplish are completed in just four hours.
For more information on how to participate as a sponsor or volunteer, visit the Work On Wilmington website. Online donations are also accepted.