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Communities In Schools is a local non profit supported by grants, corporate and private donations. All of our programming is provided free of charge. Please make your secure donation here to help ensure all students in need have access to our programs!

CISCF always has a list of items needed to support our programs and our services to youth. In addition, cash donations are greatly appreciated and always go directly to the services we provide for our local youth.

Donate to Communities In Schools today or take a look at our Amazon Wish List to see if you can donate any of the items we need!


Become a Volunteer

“If I were asked what is the best thing one can expect in life, I would say–the privilege of being useful.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Opportunities to Engage:

If you’re interested in volunteering in any of our programs, please download and complete our Background Check Authorization:  2022 Volunteer Background Check Authorization, and email a copy to


3rd Grade Literacy Support:

Our PaSS program is a 10-week, one hour per week, volunteer opportunity through which you are matched with a 3rd grader who has been identified as not likely to pass their End Of Grade tests and promote to the next grade level. You will be provided with a reading comprehension curriculum and will meet with the same student(s) one-on-one for 30 minutes each week during the 10 weeks leading up to the EOGs, working with them on reading comprehension. 


Volunteer to tutor at any of our school sites during the day

New Hanover County:  Alderman Elementary, College Park Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Freeman School of Engineering, Holly Shelter Middle School, Mary C. Williams Elementary School, Snipes Academy of Art & Design, Sunset Park Elementary, Wrightsboro Elementary, Williston Middle School, and New Hanover High School. 

Pender County: Burgaw Middle, CF Pope Elementary School, Cape Fear Middle, Penderlea School, West Pender Middle, Heide Trask High School, Pender High School, and Topsail High School in Pender County. 


Tutor after school hours:

Tutors are also needed for our afterschool programs in both counties.  In New Hanover County, we provide afterschool support to 3-12th grade students at our building on the corner of 11th and Orange Streets downtown Monday-Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Pender County programs run Monday – Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m.  – 6 p.m. at each CIS school site. 


Teen Court:

Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help with monthly teen court sessions in both counties. Youth volunteers will serve as prosecuting and defense attorneys, clerks of court, and jurors. Adult volunteers help the youth volunteers, serve as presiding Judge, attorney mentors, and more.


Guest Speakers:

Guest speakers are welcome to address students at any of our school sites. We encourage college and career readiness conversations (resume writing, mock interviews, career pathways, financial literacy, etc.), as well as motivational presentations.


Special Events:

Volunteers are needed to help organize and facilitate several special events throughout the year!

-Stuff The Bus takes place across New Hanover and Pender counties in July and August.

-Blue & White Bash is a Fall Cocktail party and silent auction at Bluewater Grill in November.

-The Wrightsville Plunge is held on New Year’s Day at Wrightsville Beach.

-New Hanover County Healthy Start Breakfast is our annual fundraising breakfast held in February.

-The CIS Fashion Show is held at the Landfall Country Club and highlights Azalea Festival and spring fashions and is typically held in March.

-Barn Bash is our annual celebration of our Pender County programs held at Old River Farms in May.