Unique ways of helping the communitySpecial Programs

Long Term Recovery Groups

In the wake of disasters like Hurricane Florence, the United Way of the Cape Fear Area works with Long Term Recovery Groups in each of our four counties. What are Long Term Recovery Groups? We think that WARM Executive Director, JC Lyle explains them beautifully in the following article.


Best for Kids

BEST (Brunswick Early Success Team) for Kids is a partnership between Brunswick County Schools and community leaders and volunteers who are committed to helping all children become fluent readers by the end of the third grade.


Blue Ribbon Commission & Homeless Council

The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) was formed in 2008 as an initiative under the United Way of the Cape Fear Area as a response to the prevalent violence among youth in the North side of downtown Wilmington at the time.


Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Launched in 1965, SCSEP is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act and is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). Operated under a USDOL grant, and in cooperation with Senior Service America, Inc., SCSEP is funded by a $45.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with SSAI providing 10% match or $5 million. The SCSEP Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) has been the local project sponsor for SCSEP since 1977 and is funded through an agreement with Senior Service America, Inc. UWCFA sponsors this federally funded initiative by working diligently to not only offer experienced workers to potential employers and community based organizations, but to dispel the myth that older workers lack the ability to contribute to the local workforce. As the local SCSEP sponsor, UWCFA has formed lasting partnerships with an array of non-profit and government organizations. Participants in the program work 20 hours per week at an assigned Host Agency work site and are paid the state minimum wage utilizing grant funds. A brief snapshot of the program reveals that on average 63 SCSEP Participants provide over 1,200 hours weekly in support to local agencies, while weekly wages paid to the Participants average $8,700.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Host Agency Work Sites:

New Hanover County

  • American Red Cross
  • AMEZ Housing Development Corp.
  • Boy Scouts of America/Scouts BSA
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Cape Fear Community Development Corp.
  • Cape Fear Council of Government
  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation- (MLK Center, Maides Park, Main office)
  • City of Wilmington Code Enforcement
  • City of Wilmington Human Resources
  • Communities in Schools of New Hanover County
  • Community Boys & Girls Club
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Domestic Violence Shelter (Vintage Values Thrift Store)
  • Duke Partners in Caring
  • Eastern NC Human Services Agency
  • JoAnn Carter Harrelson Center
  • Kids Making It
  • New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
  • New Hanover County Public Library
  • New Hanover Workforce Career Center
  • NC Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area

Brunswick County

  • Brunswick County Cooperative Extension
  • Brunswick County Planning and Community Development
  • Brunswick Educational Transition Center
  • Brunswick Family Assistance
  • Brunswick County Workforce Career Center
  • Brunswick Senior Resources (Southport Sr. Ctr., Leland Sr. Ctr., Supply Sr. Ctr.)
  • Countywide Community Development Corp
  • New Hope Clinic
  • Stand Against Trafficking USA
  • Town of Navassa

Columbus County

  • Columbus County Dept. of Aging (Whiteville Sr. Ctr., Riegelwood Sr. Ctr., Chadbourn Sr. Ctr.)
  • Columbus County Career Center (Southeastern Community College)
  • Columbus County Workforce Career Center
  • DREAMS of Columbus County
  • Men and Women United for Youth and Families
  • NC Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Town of Sandyfield

Pender County

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Pender Adult Services (senior resource centers in Burgaw and Topsail)
  • Pender County Christian Services (thrift store and food bank)
  • Pender County Humane Society (Furry Friends thrift store)
  • Pender County NCWorks Career Center
  • Smart Start of Pender County
  • Southeastern Community and Family Services

Onslow County

  • Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department
  • Onslow County NCWorks Career Center
  • Onslow County Youth Services
  • Onslow Women’s Center
  • United Way of Onslow County
  • USO of North Carolina –Jacksonville