Wilmington, NC

Site Leaders

Carson Reeves

Celia Gieser

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

The Good Shepherd Center



Departure Date


Return Date






Site Leader Description #1

Carson is a 2nd year from Lynchburg, Virginia who loves bread, collaging, and summertime clouds. She got hooked on ASB in her first year spring when she served with Habitat for Humanity in Winston-Salem (when she met Celia!) because she knew she was working with a great organization and she loved all her teammates dearly. Carson grew up vacationing at Wrightsville beach, so the area has a special place in her heart, making it all the more heartbreaking to see the serious need in Wilmington. She is so excited to show the team the beauty of the area and serve it as well!

Site Leader Description #2

Celia is a 4th year from Falls Church City, Virginia studying Economics and Foreign Affairs. She’s been to Austin, TX and Winston-Salem, NC (where she met Carson!) with ASB and loved working in both cities. She loves anything related to summer and jamming to a road trip playlist (so get ready for our 5 hour drive!!). Around Grounds Celia is a fellow for SE@UVA, a PD for Madison House CASH and is the ASB development chair. She has never been to Wilmington, but loves all beaches equally and is excited to explore the city, meet some great people and work on her hammering skills with Habitat for Humanity.

Trip Logistics

We will be staying at the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, which is located right in the heart of the city. Habitat volunteers often stay here, and we will have access to a kitchen and showers. We will be able to make breakfast and dinner in the kitchen, and there will also be a welcome dinner at the church on Monday night. Lunch will be provided by Habitat during our hour long lunch break on each day that we work with them.
Our trip will begin on Saturday, March 7th with the 5 hour drive to Wilmington. The following Saturday (the 14th), we will return to Charlottesville. Renting cars can be expensive, so using participant cars would keep costs down for everyone; let us know if you would be willing to help out!

Participant Requirements

Participants should be excited to work on a building site with Habitat for Humanity as well as at a local homeless shelter in Wilmington. They should be eager to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from these two incredible organizations with the purpose of informing their future service efforts in Charlottesville. Participants should be excited to do good work and should approach each task with humility and a willingness to learn. We love to see UVA students in a service setting because we know their dedication to go above and beyond in all they do, and are looking forward to exemplifying this with our team this spring. We are excited to do good work, have fun and get to know everyone!

Service Activities

For four days of this trip we will be working with the Cape Fear chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity operates both nationally and internationally, working to build affordable homes for families in need in an economically sustainable way. Since 1987, they have helped over 200 hard-working families become homeowners in the Cape Fear area. We will be at the worksite from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM doing various construction jobs to assist in home-building. This is a great chance to gain some useful handyman skills while working to aid a family in building their home.
On Wednesday we will take a break from Habitat to serve with the Good Shepherd Center, a local homeless shelter in Wilmington. Located in the heart of the city, the center provides a range of services to residents, including shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, and medical care. We will tour the facilities and lend a helping hand wherever they need us most. We are very excited to work with both organizations and give our participants a unique blend of hands on work and instruction with both Habitat for Humanity and the shelter.

Recreational Activities

Because of our early morning volunteer schedule, we will have plenty of time in the afternoons to walk around the area. We will spend a good amount of time in downtown Wilmington, with good food, cute shops, and different film locations to explore! We are also a short drive away from the charming island of Wrightsville, where we can enjoy the beach, the community, and the ice cream trolley!

Community/Area Background

Twenty minutes from the coast of North Carolina and home to the USS North Carolina, the port city of Wilmington is a combination of the past and the present. Known as the Hollywood of the East, this lively area has been the on-site filming location for many popular shows and movies (One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, just to name a few). Many of the city’s charming downtown homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Not too far from these picturesques streets however, exists poverty and homelessness. The proximity of the wealth divide in this city is quite shocking: though some know this city as a swanky spot for tourism and vacationing, many of its residents know it as something quite different. Hurricane Florence hit the city in September of 2018, exacerbating the existing struggle to address homelessness and poverty in the city.

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