“Wings Up for Wilmington” Day of Service Scheduled Sept. 17

Friday, August 26, 2022

UNCW faculty, staff and students will commemorate the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Florence by assisting community organizations throughout Wilmington. “Wings Up for Wilmington,” a day of service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Volunteers will work with 24 organizations on various projects, from safety-related home repairs to landscaping, painting and planting in community gardens. The day of service was first held in September 2019 to observe the anniversary of Hurricane Florence. The Category 1 storm made landfall on Sept. 14, 2018, causing widespread flooding and millions of dollars in damage in communities throughout the Cape Fear region. 

“I feel like everyone at UNCW in 2018 was affected by Hurricane Florence. Being able to come together each year and support our community is a way of continued rebuilding and healing,” said Dr. Amanda Boomershine, professor of Spanish and Linguistics and “Wings Up for Wilmington” organizer.

In addition to the service opportunities, “Wings Up for Wilmington” includes a campus-wide food drive throughout September to benefit Nourish NC. All UNCW staff, students, faculty and the general community are invited to donate food. Review the list of most-needed items. UNCW units interested in serving as collection sites should complete this form.

“Being an active, engaged member of the community is at the heart of being a Seahawk. I enjoy helping organizations that help our community all year,” said Dr. Boomershine. “We are excited to have quite a few courses participating as a group and units across campus joining together to serve the community. We look forward to a great day of service and a strong month of food collection.”

“Wings Up for Wilmington” is sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning, along with the Center for Faculty Leadership and the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. Individuals interested in participating must register for a community service project. The first 550 volunteers will receive an event T-shirt.

For more information about "Wings Up for Wilmington, contact Dr. Boomershine at

-- Venita Jenkins