Are you a newbie to the Wilmington area? Our agent Danielle Puleo has also recently moved to the area. Eager to dive into the community, she has actively been exploring all the city has to offer. In this blog post, she shares her insights on the best ways for newcomers to get involved in Wilmington. From volunteer opportunities to sports and fun activities, Danielle's guide is packed with some wonderful opportunities to help you find your niche and connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you're passionate about helping others, eager to stay active, or looking for unique adventures, there's a little something for everyone! Join Danielle as she breaks down some of the best ways to get involved in the Cape Fear area, and all the experiences that await you as you settle into your new home.


“How to Get Involved as a Wilmington Newbie”

By Danielle Puleo


As a “newbie” to Wilmington myself, I’ve been wanting to get involved in the community and

learn more about what opportunities are out there for newcomers. Luckily for us, there are A

LOT of ways one can find their niche and meet new people here in this gorgeous city. I’ve

compiled a list of organizations, activities and adventures to get you started. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but by partaking in one of these things, I have faith you’ll find your desired pocket of people with common interests in no time!




ACCESS of Wilmington – This nonprofit organization offers six programs eliminating barriers

to health and wellness through sports, recreation and fitness for those in the community with

disabilities. Volunteer opportunities are always available!


Canines for Service – Calling all dog-lovers! Volunteer opportunities are available at Canines for Service to foster, walk, assist with kennel shifts, provide canine enrichment and help with admin and events.


Cape Fear Literacy Council – Interested in helping with literacy development and personalized education for adults? Volunteering with CFLC might be the right fit for you!


Carolina Beach Inlet Association – Interested in educating the general public, local leaders, as well as state and federal legislators about the importance of keeping our inlet both open and safe for navigation? This might be the organization for you!


Fresh Start Rescue Inc. – Yes, there is a nonprofit that focuses entirely on reptiles! Volunteer to help save the lives of homeless, unwanted or injured reptiles through fostering, rehabilitation and rehoming.


Good Shepherd Center – If you would like to get involved with a great cause, consider

volunteering to help those in need of housing/shelter, food, medical assistance and other basic



Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue - From landscaping to fundraising to cleaning to educating to surveying the beaches to preparing food for turtles, it's all a part of what this center does. You can help - for the turtles!


New Hanover County Senior Resource Center – Volunteer opportunities include assisting with nutrition, fostering grandparents, helping with community events and daily tasks.


Paws 4 People Foundation – Interested in taking puppies into the community for socialization

and education? This might be the right fit for you!


Public Archaeology Corps (PAC) – Calling all history buffs and archeology lovers! PAC works

with local property owners to gain access to sites prior to redevelopment in order recover,

analyze and study unwritten history found below streets, businesses and homes. If you want to

get involved in uncovering history, considering volunteering with PAC!


Skywatch Bird Rescue – Love birds? Love working alongside other members of the community with a passion for ensuring safety and care? Volunteer at Skywatch Bird Rescue to either work on-site feeding, cleaning and assisting with general avian husbandry, transport, assist with administration, become a hotline coordinator and more.


the lowercase leaders – Volunteer to help with local events as this organization works to educate through community outreach. These leaders focus on bringing history to the forefront and providing aid for all those in need, highlighting the problems faced by local minority groups. They offer four seasonal free markets for those in need and are always looking for volunteers and support.


The Sister Isaac Center - They supply those in need with free clothing, food, furniture, household items. There are opportunities to work with clients or with other volunteers behind the scenes; e.g., sorting clothes, placing donated items in appropriate places; packaging grocery bags with food.


Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) – WARM helps people age in place safely by

preventing home accidents and illnesses - preserving their dignity and independence. Help make urgent, safety and health-related home repairs for low-income homeowners.





Beach Volleyball at Capt’n Bill’s – Beach volleyball leagues are offered for all levels of players! Leagues are offered Sunday - Friday most of the year with offerings of 2, 4, & 6-person coed teams. Games are played in the evenings beginning at 6:30 or 8:45 (M-F) and 4:30 or 6:45 (Su).


Cape Fear Pickleball Club – Calling all pickleball lovers! If you’ve been wanting to get involved

with a pickleball club, CFPC has you covered. Visit their website at for all the details.


Cape Fear Rugby Club – Join the men or women’s club rugby team – no experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to learn. CFRC is currently a contender in the North

Carolina Rugby Union and they’re always on the lookout for new members who are

interested in learning the game of rugby! Practices are held at Flytrap Downs on Tuesday

and Thursday nights from 6-8 PM. Home matches are also held at their pitch, typically

with a 1 PM kickoff.


Flag Football – If you’re interested in getting involved with a local flag football team, visit the

Flag Football Wilmington NC Facebook page. Pickup games are organized through this page and played at public parks.


Fleet Feet Wilmington – Looking for some running buddies? Fleet Feet has multiple running

clubs in the area who are open to newcomers to help everyone “FIT” in.


New Hanover Disc Golf Club – Enjoy playing disc golf with those who have a passion for the

sport! Join the club through Cape Fear Games and pick up your bag tag and free NHDGC logo

disc to get started.


Stonewall Sports - Wilmington - An LGBTQ & Ally not for profit sports league striving to

develop a well-connected and diverse community through organized competition and social or

fundraising events. Offering kickball, volleyball, tennis and bowling – get involved today!


Try Tennis – Presented by the greater Wilmington Events Association, this organization is for

people who have never played tennis but want to learn! Once on the court, a tennis pro or an

instructor will help you learn enough basic skills to play a beginner match. Go from couch to

court in six weeks. $40 registration fee – includes 6 hours with a tennis instructor and a beginner adult tennis racket.






Axe League at Axes & Allies – Join the summer ax league and have fun on League Sundays at Axes & Allies in downtown Wilmington!


Cape Fear Flipper Club – Want to get involved in recreational or competitive pinball? Every

Tuesday night at Cape Fear Spirits & Beer, CFFC meets to play and enjoy the game of pinball. No prior experience or skill level is needed to have fun!


Cape Fear Makers Guild - Explore, create, and learn through hands-on projects and

experimentation! Some upcoming events include the science of submarining, making bismuth

crystals, ILM IT security group classes and more! Check out their website for a full calendar of



Cape Fear Swing Dance Society – Enjoy classes and events at CFSDS while making friends and dancing to upbeat music!


Dead Crow Comedy Room – With open mic nights, trivia, improve shows and more, laugh out

loud with newfound friends who appreciate good food, drinks and jokes galore!


Gentle Yoga at the Cameron Arts Museum – Are you an up and coming yogi and/or want to find others who enjoy yoga as much as you do? Asanas are all-level and beginners are welcome at this gentle yoga class. Participants can choose to use a mat or a chair. Classes are $5 and take place on Tuesdays from 9am to 10am. Donations support youth scholarships.


New Hanover County Public Library – Offering book clubs open to anyone and free to join! A

calendar of events on their website.


Retroscape Video Game Lounge – Calling all gamers! Break away from the online based

gaming and get back to playing together in person – a great way to make new friends and with a

cool backdrop at that. Drop in for a day or get a membership for unlimited access to all the

games & gaming systems you could dream of.


The ArtWorks – Visit this multi-faceted art gallery for classes, lessons, events and activities

involving all things art! Connect with like-minded individuals who appreciate everything from

pottery to knitting to painting to sculpting and beyond!


Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College – Enjoy off-Broadway shows with those who

have just as much of a love for theater.


Wilmington Latin Dance – Take a dance class and broaden those smooth moves –WLD offers

salsa, bachata, cumbia classes and more!






1 MC Wilmington – Have a small business you’re looking to grow while getting involved with

the local community? 1 MC Wilmington hosts weekly business events every Wednesday at 9

a.m. at UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Pleasure Island Parrot Heads – Have a love for Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he

iconized? Join the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads in having fun and helping the community while

doing so.


Port City Young Professionals – Join Wilmington’s largest network of young professionals and

make friends while working! The third Wednesday of every month, PCYP hosts a networking

event in some of the area's premier hotspots – check out their website for all the details on their next event!


The Sober Sparkle – Meet and connect with a community of people who all share sobriety and

enjoy activities, meetups and motivation! Join the Sober Sparkle community on Instagram.


I have to give a big shout out to all of those who shared ideas with me about ways to get

involved through a Facebook post in a Wilmington community page. Thank you all! Personally,

I can’t wait to volunteer with the sea turtle rescue and/or the aquarium on Fort Fisher, try my

hand at disc golf and enjoy a good, hearty laugh at the comedy club. I’ve already met some

wonderful people here and know that will continue the more I get involved.


As I continue to explore all Wilmington has to offer, I’ll be sharing more insight into what makes

this city tick, where great real estate opportunities lie as well as stories on those who are

dedicated to making our home a better place to live, work and enjoy. Stay tuned!


Well, there you have it newbies! Finding your place in a new city can be a thrilling, and sometimes intimidating, adventure. With Danielle's guide, you'll have plenty of avenues to explore and engage with the Wilmington community. From volunteering and sports to unique activities, there's no shortage of opportunities to make new friends and feel at home. Dive in and discover what Wilmington has in store for you!




Credit: Haley Elder, Marketing Manager

Salt + Stone Property Group


Credit: Danielle Puleo, Broker

Salt + Stone Property Group