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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 Wish List to see if you can donate any of the items we need!


  • Feminine Products
  • Deodorant
  • Polo shirts
  • Uniform clothes
  • Books, Board Games, Balls, etc.
  • Used tennis balls (for chair legs)


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:

Tutor / Mentor

During the school day:

You can volunteer to tutor at any of our school sites during the day:

New Hanover County:  Alderman Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Freeman School of Science & Engineering, Snipes Academy of Art & Design, Wrightsboro Elementary, Williston Middle School, and New Hanover High School. Please email for more information, or to sign up.

Pender County: Burgaw Middle, Cape Fear Middle, Penderlea School, West Pender Middle, Heide Trask High School and Pender High School in Pender County. Please email for more information, or to sign up.

Both Counties, multiple sites – 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. Email Louise Hicks to sign up!


After school hours:

Tutors are 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 2:30-5:30.   Email for more information, or to sign up. Pender County programs run Monday – Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 6 at each of our school sites. Email for more information, or to sign up.


Young Parent Support:

Volunteers are needed to help with our Young Parent Circle Group, which works to support and strengthen young parents and their families. This program meets weekly year-round. Volunteers help serve food, play with the children, and help set up and clean up. Please contact for more information.


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. Contact for information.


Special Events:

Volunteers are needed to help organize and facilitate several special events throughout the year. Please email for more information on a particular event, or to sign up:

 Stuff The Bus  Takes place across New Hanover and Pender Counties in August.

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

Wrightsville Plunge  “Plungin’ for a Purpose” on New Year’s Day at Wrightsville Beach.

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

Landfall Fashion Show  Highlighting Azalea and Spring fashions held in March.

Pender County Healthy Start Breakfast is our annual fundraising breakfast held in April.