Working together to raise great kids.

We exist to empower the local community to raise incredible kids, keep families strong and safe, promote strong neighborhoods, and be an encouragement through volunteerism.

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  • United Way has helped build NourishNC into a sustainable, transparent and effective nonprofit. By connecting NourishNC with funding, volunteers and guidance, United Way has been instrumental in ensuring that NourishNC can provide nutritious food to hungry children right here in our community. #GiveWhereYouLive and know .Steve McCrossan (MALS, MPA, NourishNC Executive Director)

  • I support the local United Way of the Cape Fear Area as a way to invest back into my own community and I encourage others at ILM to do the same. The United Way and the network of local nonprofit agencies have a proven.Julie Wilsey ( AAE, Airport Director, ILM )

The Mission StatementWe empower the local community.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area works with our community to leverage resources and improve the lives of local people.

We are uniquely positioned to neutrally assess the assets and needs of the people of the Cape Fear region, develop thoughtful solutions, and serve as a trusted steward of the resources and financial investments of the community.

We believe in supporting the children, families and neighborhoods of the Cape Fear Area. With supportive services from dozens of local charitable organizations building strong foundations for each of these groups, we believe that we can build a strong and resilient community.

We are governed by a volunteer board of directors, all of whom bring thought leadership and passion to their organizations and our board alike. We are so grateful for their leadership and insight as we work strategically toward our shared goals. Click here to meet our board members.


We Need YouSee how you can help.

  • Donate Today

    It is only through the donations of faithful partners and businesses that we are able to make an impact in our community and invest in our agency partners.

  • Volunteer in the Community

    There are many opportunities in the local community to partner with United Way and our agency partners to make a HUGE impact and empower others.

  • Contact Us

    Are you a local non-profit or agency partner in the community? Contact us today to see how we can work together to impact our city.

The ImpactOur stats at a glance.

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