Projects & Contributions


Eight teams of two Rotarians each purchase mustard, ketchup, an onion, a tomato, cheese, corn on the cob, potato chips, coca cola, apple pie, hot dogs & rolls, hamburgers & rolls, and an American Flag. Food was given out this morning to families that the Harrelson Center helped to secure (special thanks to Lindsey and Meade). Thanks to Rotarians Louise & Shameena for delivering this morning.

Donations to the food bank

Chantay and Sarah from the Wilmington Central Rotary purchased and delivered our donation of food to the Food Bank. What a great job!

Thanks so much for making Wilmington Central Rotary so proud.

“We managed to get all the shopping, loading, and unloading done while the weather was nice and sunny. As soon as the Food Bank team helped us unload all the food, it started pouring and raining again! What a success”!

– From Chantay

The Wilmington Central Rotary collecting 30 bags of dog food and other essentials for area animals.

Foster Care Luggage

The Wilmington Central Rotary collected luggage for those in foster care.

Most foster kids have to use trash bags when they leave foster care.

We helped these kids with a little bit of self-esteem and something that will be theirs.

The Central Rotary delivered luggage to Foster Pantry, The Rotary Cottage at the Boys & Girls home and NHC Foster Care.

Flamingo Project

The Flamingo project was a success. The Wilmington Central Rotary will be donating to ACCESS of Wilmington and She Rocks.

Two projects completed successfully

Our Blood Drive was held Thursday and Rotarians really showed up. Thank you for helping on this project.

Dwight, Chris, Sarah, Frieda and myself showed up today, had lunch and then took down the Flamingos. 2 Rotarians didn’t show up. Good and successful project. Next we will get the two charty representatives at the site and present the checks. Thanks to committee members Freida (name tags), Kelly (certificates), Fred (design), and committee Sarah, Erin and Sue.

For their birthday wish Chris & Gary asked Rotary members to contribute grocery bags and cereal – the project was a great success there were 100 grocery bags and 55 boxes of cereal donated to Mother Hubbards Cupboard.

Nourish NC

The Wilmington Central Rotary will be collecting food donations for Nourish NC and will be packing food at Nourish NC during December.

Miracles of Rotary

This year on December 18 we will be collecting for 3 charities:

Big Dreams, an organization that donates beds to children who don’t have them. We plan to purchase 100 air mattresses as they are easy to store and portable in case a child needs to move quickly. Additionally we will provide the children a set of twin sheets, a pillowcase, pillow and a heavy winter blanket.

Graclyn McCallum is a 3 year old diagnosed with leukemia. Graclyn is about to enter the last phase of intense chemotherapy which will go until the end of January. Her biggest challenge is muscle loss and she will be starting physical therapy after Thanksgiving. The Wilmington Central Rotary is planning to purchase an indoor gym, iPad and gas cards for travel to Chapel Hill.

Autism. The Wilmington Central Rotary plans to purchase items to help children with Autism. The Lifelong Interventions Program works on creating a therapeutic space that will foster meaningful, robust opportunities for naturalistic social learning, which is important for children with autism. The Wilmington Central Rotary will help purchase: tables, chairs, play mats, area rugs and room dividers, sensory and play equipment, exercise equipment iPads/tables, and protective cases.

November salute to veterans

On Tuesday November 10, 2020, Wilmington Central Rotary presented a Veterans Day Program where we honored veterans from all branches of service. Our special guest speaker was Commander Mike Fisher of the USS North Carolina Submarine. Each veteran in attendance will have a wreath purchased from Wreaths Across America in their honor to be placed at Wilmington National Cemetery.

October project: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

The Wilmington Central Rotary will collect and deliver over 100 filled bags of groceries and needed items to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

September project: 12 little free libraries

The Wilmington Central Rotary is providing 12 little free libraries in our community. They are assembling the libraries and filling them with their initial supply of books.

August project: Blue bags for prostate cancer

150 bags will be delivered to NHRMC Cancer Center. Our goal was to donate 100 bags. Way to go Wilmington Central Rotary for going above and beyond.

July project: Purses for the homeless

The Wilmington Central Rotary has collected over 250 purses for the homeless, filled with toiletries, cosmetics and snacks for their recipients. They will be delivered to 12 local charities.

Check out the story on WECT or WWAY.

Pet Project

Wilmington Central Rotary donated over 1200 lbs of dog & cat food to the Sunburst Foundation, Adopt An Angel & the NH County Sheriffs Animal Control Unit. Thanks to everyone who made a donation to this project. Our pet contest winner went to Barney Broach with over 625 reaches on Facebook (Barney with his gift package).

On December 13th Rotarians and community leaders were locked up at Strickland’s on Oleander drive. The jailbirds had to raise money to get the keys to freedom. We raised enough money to give a 13 years old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma a gaming laptop so she can play games with her family while she’s visiting her doctors out of town.

We gave a 4 year old with an Optic nerve glioma, which has caused him to be blind in one eye, a iPad computer.

We also were able to give a 2-year 3-month-old little boy, with a bilateral moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss, a personal FM system that will help give him more access to language in noisy environments.

We recently donated $24,600 to 15 local charities and organizations. Of this, $12,000 went toward the purchase of a 3 Stall Horse Trailer for the Wilmington Police Department. Club President Fred Kumpel presented the donations. Check out the pics and captions for more info on the various recipients and the ways they will put the money to use!

Salvation Army bell ringing

Purses for the Homeless

Our goal in one week was to collect 50 purses to donate. We actually gathered 150.
20 went to 514 Revolution
25 to Good Shepherd
25 to Domestic Violence
25 to 1st Fruit Ministry
25 to Rotary Walkers

Grand Slam for Madison:

The Wilmington Central Rotary donated $2500 to the fundraiser for Madison Williams, a young girl battling brain cancer. On Friday 22nd from 8am to 8pm there was a fundraiser at the Stadium Batting Cages on Oleander Drive featuring food, music, bounce house, and hitting baseballs.

From WECT:
WPD welcomes new three-horse trailer for Mounted Unit

Miracle League

The Wilmington Central Rotary will be volunteering at the Miracle League on October 12,2019 from 9:30-noon.

Look who won the Kaboom award for hardest worker at the playground build today. He won a can of Popeyes Spinach.
Great job, Nick!
Also a big thank you to Dustin for all his hard work to prep the site. Y staff couldn’t sop talking about him and his crew!
Another great example of Wilmington Central Rotary impacting our community!

Rotarians Peggy O’Leary, Renee Jones, and Jeremy Tomlinson handed out cupcakes to veterans at the VA Clinic today in honor of the 229th birthday of the US Coast Guard.

July 30th The Wilmington Central Rotary volunteered at Nourish NC!

We packed 100 boxes of food for kids in the community, so they won’t be hungry over the summer break. For many kids, when school is out, they go hungry, so Nourish NC tries to bridge the gap and keep them fed during school breaks.

2019 Boys and Girls Home Visit

The Wilmington Rotary visits the Boys and Girls home in Lake Waccamaw.

Restock Boys and Girls Home Thrift General Store

Wilmington Central Rotary made a difference by donating items to the Boys and Girls Homes thrift General Store!!! We filled their truck!

Wilmington Central Rotary helps spruce up Bellevue Cemetery

On January 19 Rotarians raked the grounds at the Bellevue Cemetery.

Nourish NC

On December 18 the Wilmington Central Rotary joined by the Wilmington fire department filled 300 backpacks with food for children in need.

Wilmington Central Rotary rings bells for the Salvation Army

On December 1 the Wilmington Central Rotary rang the Salvation Army bell in front of The Sam’s Store and filled the kettle with donations.

On October 12 the Wilmington Central Rotary will help at the Harrelson Center.

Rotarians will be unpacking and sorting supplies for local hurricane relief.

A yearlong project for the Wilmington Central Rotary is working with the Adopt-A-Cop program.

Rotarians have adopted a Carolina Beach Police officer.

In September The Wilmington Central Rotary will be donating business clothes to the Step Up Wilmington.

In September The Wilmington Central Rotary will be donating slightly used business clothes for the StepUp Wilmington. StepUp Wilmington empowers people who are getting back into the workforce by making sure they are presentable for the job. They offer business clothes, shoes and accessories to job seekers so they show up not only ready to work but looking like the part also. On September 18th Central Rotarians will be bringing donations to their regularly scheduled meeting.

Rotary Clothing donations to StepUp Wilmington


  • 57 jacket/suit coat/shirts/pants
  • 22 Socks
  • 12 Belts
  • 4 Shoes
  • 18 Ties


  • Dresses/tops/pants/suits – 148
  • Shoes – 1
  • Jewelry – 100 plus

On August 18th The Wilmington Central Rotary worked with Communities in Schools to Stuff the Bus.
Rotarians were out in force at Office Depot on Oleander to help Stuff the Bus. Community in Schools reports that the entire project was able to generate over $100,000 in school supplies to be distributed to counselors at all of the area schools to be given to kids who need them.

July the Wilmington Central Rotary moves it forward

During the month of July each Central Rotarian will be doing something good for someone in the community. It will be a good deed and benefit someone, it cannot be for a friend or acquaintance. 100% of the Wilmington Central Rotary have agreed to participate.

Much needed splash pad delivery

In late June the Wilmington Central Rotary delivered a splash pad and adaptive bicycle to Diego, one of our 2018 Miracles of Rotary recipients. Diego has a condition that makes it difficult to tolerate the hot temps outside in the summer. This splash pads will help him stay cool and comfortable while playing outside in his yard.

The Miracle League

Also in late June our Rotarians volunteered at baseball practice with the Miracle League. The Miracle League provides an accessible baseball league for children and adults living with disabilities.

Wilmington Central Rotary celebrates the US Army’s birthday

On July 14 the Wilmington Central Rotary wished a happy birthday to the U.S. Army by going to the Wilmington VA Medical Center and passing out cake to all of the veterans. Thank you all for your service!

WARM Volunteers

Rotarian Darek Huckbody, owner of Battlehouse, volunteering with the Wilmington Fire Department to help Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) with home renovations for less fortunate. Thanks Darek!

On October 2, 2018 The Wilmington Central Rotary was pleased to award $500. to She Rocks for cancer research, $500. to Abilities Tennis for helping athletes with disabilities, $500 to Davey, who’s a paraplegic, to help withe a van, $500. to Special Olympics, $1000. to sponsor a table at the WARM breakfast & $1000. to sponsor a table at the Coaches Luncheon to support the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

The Wilmington Central Rotary was happy to give $8,300 to local charities.

  • Bobby Jean’s Kids
  • Blue Ribbon Commission
  • Strut for Kids
  • Meals On Wheels
  • Five 14 Revolution
  • Project Soar
  • WARM
  • Wilmington Police Scholarship Fund

Proceeds from Wilmington’s Got Talent goes to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department for purchase and training a K-9

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon receiving check for $16,00. for the new K-9.

We have also given donations to:

$1000 – “Train Us Forward Fitness” with MattSkelly. Matt owns Matt Skelly Training and also runs a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personal training to individuals with disabilities at a no-cost or low-cost plan. This funds will help with purchase of a hand peddled stationary bike.

$1000 – “Welcome Home Angel” with Logan White Thompson. This organization makes home modifications and remodels for kids battling serious illness. These funds will help with a home remodel for a young girl that has been battling cancer.

$1000. To a local woman for help with Medical Bills as she battles a serious and rare autoimmune disorder.

Club members visited the Boys & Girls Home for their annual Rotary Day. A total of $21,000 from clubs around the state were donated, including $500 from Wilmington Central Rotary presented by Michelle Hardee. Michelle was also able to collect musical instruments (including a piano!) to donate.

Learn more about the Boys & Girls Home: