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The Office of Community Engagement Applied Learning has suspended all in-person OCEAL programs and events until further notice effectively immediately in light of growing COVID-19 concerns. 

Our OCEAL teams are working to create strategies to move programming to online formats in order to uphold our commitment to reciprocal partnerships in the community and honor UNCW’s decision to move all instruction and programming online. We will continue to take every measure to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

We all continue to work remotely to provide education and community programming in a virtual format.

Please email us at communityengagement@uncw.edu or message our Facebook page with information or questions.  

If you have further questions or concerns about the COVID-19, you can view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or  NC Department of Health and Human Services website or https://uncw.edu/coronavirus/.

Last updated: March 11, 2021 at 1 p.m.






Community Resources


Please visit the pages below for a list of support resources for you, your family and caregivers, and your loved ones.



UNCW Resources 


Our campus units have been working to develop online information that will be of help to you, your families and loved ones.  Please visit these sites for more information:

Expansion of Community Service Leave

OSHR has approved a temporary expansion of Community Service Leave for non-mandatory employees to volunteer with service organizations in support of COVID-19 activities. (more)



Get Involved 

Volunteer Opportunities

Donations Needed

Other Ways to Support

Supporting our Community During Challenging Times  

The Office for Community Engagement has compiled a list of ways that we all can support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing. Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge.

Volunteer Opportunities

SHARE Cape Fear – for volunteer opportunities in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties
Volunteer Onslow – for volunteer opportunities in Onslow county.
North Carolina Needs You – Please Volunteer as a Health Care Worker!
     Urgent need for:
          Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
          Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care)
          Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety and administrative)

Make an appointment to Donate Blood
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of Type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of Type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. (Read more here)

Donations Needed

SHARE Cape Fear  provides an online portal for nonprofit organizations, including faith-based groups and churches with 501(c)3 status, to build a profile, set up a wish list and call for volunteers. Neighbors to the site are able to connect with those organizations and sign up to help either through monetary or goods donation or volunteering.

“SHARE Cape Fear offers a simple way that neighbors, nonprofits and businesses will be able to come together and support our local community. This was already in the works, we are just hitting fast-forward to make sure needs are being met during the response of COVID-19,” said New Hanover Disaster Coalition Director Audrey Hart. 

Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Novant Health 

Other Ways to Support Your Community

Did your favorite fundraising event get cancelled?

Our local nonprofits depend on the revenues from these events to sustain their programming throughout the year. If you had planned on attending a fundraising event, please consider donating directly to that organization instead. Needs are increasing while funding is decreasing. Our nonprofit sector needs you.

Support Local Artists

Best Seat in the House - A hub created by the UNCW Office of the Arts for the sharing of live and prerecorded performances of local, regional and national artists 

Wilson Center Ghost Light Series - This new series of seven weekly performances will feature local and regional artists and will be available on the internet and broadcast by WHQR. Links will be provided during each performance, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Support Local Businesses

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce - resource list to help our small businesses

Please consider ordering for deliver or pick-up from small, local businesses to help keep them afloat during this difficult time. You can also purchase gift cards for future use.  


If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to  communityengagement@uncw.edu for distribution via social media and future updates.