On Saturday, April 29th, volunteers from Work on Wilmington generously gave of their time to build and plant a Food Pantry Garden for the Catholic Charities Cape Fear office. Work On Wilmington is organized each year by the current class of Leadership Wilmington. Leadership Wilmington is a ten-month program to educate, challenge, and motivate leaders and future leaders for the betterment of the community.

Work on Wilmington brings people together to roll up their sleeves and tackle community problems in just four hours.

“The results today are amazing,” shared Ms. Emilie Hart, Catholic Charities Cape Fear Regional Director.

Projects that would normally take many times longer are completed in just half a day. Volunteers participate in a variety of service projects throughout the community with a common goal: Make Wilmington a better place to live.

“We had an amazing group of volunteers who were from AARP, many with a green thumb which was super helpful,” Hart explained. “They planted broccoli, tomatoes, kale, herbs, sweet peppers, and so much more.”

Work On Wilmington seeks to energize the volunteer spirit in all of us by following the successful model active in more than 50 cities across the United States. Work On Wilmington works in partnership with community organizations and agencies to create meaningful, hands on service projects that improve quality of life and achieve tangible results.

The food grown from the food pantry garden will be given out to individuals and families seeking food assistance from the Catholic Charities food pantry. The garden will offer healthy and locally grown options for families living in food deserts.