Work on Wilmington accepting project applications for 2017

More than 450 GE Hitachi employees volunteered to help with various projects at the NC Battleship for annual Work on Wilmington workday. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  It’s time for schools and nonprofits to submit applications to be a part of Work on Wilmington.

Work on Wilmington is an annual event sponsored by the Wilmington Chamber Foundation. Thousands of volunteers are assigned to various projects throughout the city, and spend the morning painting, planting, fixing, refurbishing, and cleaning area nonprofits and schools. The day culminates in a volunteer appreciation celebration in the afternoon that includes food, music, games, and prizes.

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“Work on Wilmington does more by noon than most of us can do in an entire year,” said Lisa Barry, co-chair of the Work on Wilmington projects committee. “Thanks to the Wilmington Chamber Foundation and the Leadership Wilmington class that spearhead the project each year, thousands of volunteers give their time and sweat equity to foster the improvement of the schools, parks, museums and organizations that bring our community closer every day.”

Past projects have included interior painting and interior wall repair at Coastal Horizons Center; floor painting and replacement of lighting at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; refurbishing, landscaping, and adding shrubbery and picnic tables at Roland‐Grise Middle School; pressure washing and painting at the Harrelson Center; interior painting at the Carousel Center; mural installation at Williston Middle School; fence-building at the New Hanover County Arboretum; adding rock/marl to the driveway/parking lot at The Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter; repairing benches and constructing a boardwalk at the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry; landscaping and pressure washing at Laney High School; adding benches and vegetable garden at Sunset Elementary School; and garden maintenance and invasive plant removal from constructed wetland at Bradley Creek Elementary School.

Schools and nonprofits can request to have a project done at your location by submitting an application or by contacting the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

The deadline to submit projects is November 18. The event will take place on April 29, 2017.