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United Way of Cape Fear Initiatives & Resources

When there are recognized needs in our community that are not being addressed by existing services, UWCFA is often called upon to research the issue(s) and provide answers.  We work with other nonprofit organizations, local businesses, faith-based organizations and municipalities to create answers to the most complex health and human service needs in the local area.  These efforts become UWCFA Initiatives.  To learn more about local services that got their start as Initiatives through UWCFA, please visit the links below.


  • Senior Aides

    Senior AIDES is a federally funded Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP fosters and promotes useful, part-time opportunities in community service for unemployed, low-incomepeople ages 55 and older with poor employment prospects; the program also fosters individual economic self-sufficiency and increases the number of older people who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in the public and private sectors. Senior AIDES isfunded by Senior Service America, Inc., a national SCSEP sponsor, through grants from the US Department of Labors’ Division of Older Worker Programs.  SCSEP participants are assigned to work 20 hours per week (12 hours weekly effetive June 2011 due to funding cuts) for host agencies (non-profit or government agencies). While in the program participants gain the skills and confidence necessary to obtain and maintain unsubsidized employment.

    Senior AIDES hold a variety of positions in the Cape Fear community:

    • Administrative Aide
    • Office Assistant
    • Receptionist
    • Job Developer
    • Data Entry Specialist
    • File Clerk

    Assistant Office Manager
    Each of the Senior AIDES has shown to be an integral part of the site at which they are placed. Senior AIDES can bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a dedicated work ethic to your business. During Fiscal Year 2013, 89 partici pants were served, 7 of which obtained unsubsidized employment.  Of the participants served, 85% were at or below the poverty level; 15% had a disability, 22% were homeless or at risk of homelessness; 9% were veterans; 75% had low employment prospects.  Participants provided 60,492 hours in community service throughout Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow and Columbus Counties, earning $442,257 in after tax wages. Each of the Senior AIDES in the program has a resume that is readily available upon request.

    For more information on the Senior AIDES Program please contact our local office at (910) 798-3910.

  • QENO
  • CFPUA Assist: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Partnership with United Way of the Cape Fear Region and The Salvation Army to Aid Neighbors in Need
    Some of our neighbors are faced with losing essential services like safe and reliable drinking water because of financial struggles caused by illness, unemployment and more. Since 2008, when Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) began its operations, and teamed up with the United Way of the Cape Fear Area and the Salvation Army to help address these needs through CFPUA Assist: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  The program provides one-time financial aid for bill payment based on need.  The United Way handles the funds that are raised and The Salvation Army determines who is assisted by the program.

    Ways to Donate
    There are many ways for you to donate:

    • Send check payable to CFPUA Assist to:
      United Way of the Cape Fear Area
      5919 Oleander Drive
      Suite 115
      Wilmington, NC 28403
    • Donate online with United Way (add CFPUA Assist in the donation notes).
    • Set up an amount to be included on each of your CFPUA bills. Contact CFPUA at 910-332-6550.
    • Set up recurring payment with United Way. Contact United Way at 910-798-3911.
    • Make a cash, check or debit/credit card payment in person at 235 Government Center Drive or at 305 Chestnut Street






  • What is 2-1-1?

    211 logo and mapHave you ever wondered how to find help or a community service for yourself or someone in need? There are nearly 20,000 nonprofits in North Carolina. Finding the one you need can be difficult.
    The first step in finding help is knowing who to call. 9-1-1 is for emergencies, 4-1-1 is for directory assistance and 2-1-1 is for f inding community health and human service resources.

    211Call 2-1-1, anytime 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to link to vital services in your community or learn how you can become involved in the work they do. This service is free and multilingual.

    Click on the logo to the right to see the latest call volume and needs in our area.

    The 2-1-1 Information and Referral Line is a comprehensive database of 501(c)3 organizations in the Cape Fear community. These agencies may or may not be currently funded or endorsed by United Way of the Cape Fear Area.