The organizations listed here work to make Wilson a better place to live for all residents. The work of these organizations includes providing basic needs such as food or housing, and working to improve the overall quality of life within our community.
Wilson County Partnership for Children
Our mission is to support the development of young children and families in Wilson County through collaborative, community-based programs focusing on health, family support services, and quality education.
Veterans Residential Services
Veterans Residential Services of Wilson (VRSW) strives to provide quality support and services to low-income, homeless, and at-risk veterans and their families. Veterans Residential Services of Wilson (VRSW) has many volunteers - many of whom are veterans themselves - who work hard to enhance the lives of our veterans. Find out how to partner with us today.
Waymakers of North Carolina
Our plate giveaway occurs on the second Sunday of every month at Jackson Chapel FWB Church in downtown Wilson. It is open to anyone who would like to receive a hot plate of food- regardless of their situation. We are always looking for individuals to come and help make this event a success! Volunteer services include preparing food, distributing food, and counseling/praying with individuals who need comfort, support and spiritual guidance.
In 1959, the United Fund of Wilson County was organized at a meeting in the Cherry Hotel. The goal for this initial fundraising effort was set at $79,568.30. Today the organization we now call United Way raises more than one-million dollars annually to fund human service agencies for the people of Wilson County.
Far from being just a once-a-year presence, United Way is an integral part of the community it serves. Each member agency’s program is a part of a total health, welfare, and character building program designed to meet the needs of the community. Because of this fact, United Way has a responsibility to consider the community program as a whole and each agency’s relation to the total program.
United Way helps people help themselves and one another by uniting the community’s volunteer fundraising efforts in a manner that builds a strong spirit of community volunteerism; responds to needs that can’t be met through public expenditures; is accountable to the giver and the receiver for dollars and programs; operates in a cost effective manner.
Community Soup Kitchen
The Community Soup Kitchen of Wilson County is a private nonprofit
agency started in 1983 by the Episcopal church in Wilson along with
the other downtown churches. From the beginning, the Soup Kitchen’s
mission has been to provide a hot mid-day meal to anyone who is
hungry…no questions asked. The program initially began serving a
modest lunch out of the small carriage house located behind St.
OIC of Wilson (Opportunities Industrialization Center)
WITH A STRONG PASSION FOR HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED, WILSON OIC INC PUTS A LOT OF ENERGY INTO OUR COMMUNITY HERE IN WILSON, NC.
The more we know the better we can help students connect with the right employment opportunities. It also allows us to help reduce the anxiety and stress that comes along with applying for jobs. We essentially fill the gap that exists between employees and college employers.
Wilson Forward’s board of directors serves as the governing body for a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to “improve educational opportunities, health and wellness and workforce development in Wilson. Wilson Forward partners with organizations from all sectors including government, education, economic development, businesses, non-profits, philanthropy, faith and neighborhoods. The board of directors supports partnership and collaborations consistent with our focus areas.
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Wesley Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency shelter, rehabilitative services, court advocacy, and counseling to women, men and children who are in crisis as a result of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
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Dress for Success
Dress for Success Triangle, a local agent of change, provides professional and personal support to unemployed and underemployed women, especially in communities where women are most vulnerable. We believe that when we strive to empower women, we positively impact their families and communities.
We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. We endeavor to create a safe environment where every woman can access our resources and services. She is seen, heard, and respected. We welcome and serve all women regardless of age, ethnicity, race, nationality, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, differing abilities, and military status.
We commit to learn, evolve, and implement policies and programs aligned with our values. We will recruit a diverse team and board of directors; educate staff, volunteers, board members, and community partners on DEIA best practices; collaborate with like-minded organizations; and continue to speak up about issues impacting the communities we serve. We renew our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility daily.
The Flynn Home
Since 1969, The Flynn Home of Wilson has provided an opportunity for men to begin a new life in sobriety thanks to the second chance they have received there. The Flynn Home strives to provide a secure and supportive environment that is necessary to begin recovering from Alcohol and Drug addiction.
The Wesley Shelter
Wesley Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization in Wilson, NC whose mission is: (A) to provide emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis line, advocacy, counseling, legal and supportive services to those who are in crisis as a result of domestic or sexual violence and to women and children who are homeless as defined by appropriate standards; (B) to make referrals to appropriate employment, housing and other social supports, and (C) to provide professional and community education about domestic and sexual violence. The goal is to end violence and build healthy, self-sufficient families in a community educated on the issues.
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