As a vacationer today, many people are looking to get more out of their getaways, including volunteering while on vacation. Most of our tourism attractions, restaurants, retailers and lodging partners are back open for business, which means that you’re sure to have a great visit this fall while lending a helping hand to those locals still recovering post-Florence.

Attendees enjoy the Riverfest Festival in Wilmington NC

With this in mind, there has never been a better time to vacation to Wilmington and its Island Beaches where you can aide in local hurricane recovery efforts while enjoying North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination!


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When in Wilmington choose to donate your time to assist with home repairs and accessibility upgrades like mud-outs, roof tarping and debris cleanup through organizations like WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry), Samaritan’s Purse, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity and Baptists on Mission. Or, reach out to Cape Fear Volunteer Center and Support the Port with your desired skill set to be matched with the perfect volunteer opportunity -  customized to match your abilities.


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After spending your day volunteering, check out Wilmington’s flourishing nightlife where you can sip a handcrafted cocktail or discover local speakeasies like Tails Piano Bar or The Blind Elephant. Dine at one of the South’s 50 Best Restaurants, RX or stroll the Wilmington Riverwalk for all your holiday shopping needs before dinner at Fork N Cork.


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While you’re in town, you’ll also be able to experience events and festivals like the annual Riverfest, on Nov. 17 – 18 to celebrate the Cape Fear River and riverfront. With an abundance of holiday happenings in Wilmington, you can choose to travel back in time as you venture through several historic places during the Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour on Dec. 1 or 2.  Experience a different kind of Christmas parade where festively decorated boats float the Intracoastal Waterway at the 35th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach on Nov. 24-25 or the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla at Carolina Beach on Dec. 1.

For more ways to give back during your vacation to Wilmington’s Island Beaches: