Projects

 

Welcome to our Projects page where you can read about past events, upcoming events, and initiatives we've done in the past that we will continue to do.  Let us know if you would like to be apart of anything you see below by contacting us here

Upcoming Events

 Recurring Initiatives

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Stop the Violence One Sign at a Time

Support The Port Foundation, Inc. partners up with businesses to bring the citizens of Wilmington, N.C. a vision the city can believe in with the Stop The Violence One Sign at a Time Project. The One Sign at a Time Project consist of signs saying "Stop The Violence" mounted all around the city of Wilmington.  These signs create a new positive vibe that the community can build off of. It will also create awareness about Support The Port and other sponsors that are focus on uplifting the community of Wilmington, NC.  Having the sign in your front yard will silently say you are against the violence in your community.  

We encourage people to take pictures with the sign and post it on their social media using the hashtag #SupportThePort and tagging Support The Port on Facebook www.facebook.com/supporttheportfoundation and Instagram @SupportThePort and Twitter @SupportThePort.

Fresh Chance Friday 

Support The Port Foundation, Inc seeks to educate, encourage, and promote progression towards positive steps in moving forward to citizens and reformed citizens of the New Hanover County community with “Fresh Chance Friday”.

Fresh Chance Friday directs attendees to career development programs, give them the opportunity to speak to prospective employers, and to educate them on the process in determining eligibility for an expunction.  New Hanover County’s NAACP register citizens to vote. There is also a “Dress to Impress” section where attendees can find new/gently used business attire to take home with them. 

A Queen for a Queen

Support The Port Foundation, Inc has teamed up with The Good Sleep Mattress Co. to provide a Queen size bed for a Queen that will be moving out of the Domestic Violence Shelter and moving into her new home and calling it the“Queen For A Queen” project.

“Here I get to sleep in my bed, instead of under it.”  These powerful words came from a five year old child who once received shelter through Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.  Last year alone, DVSS served a total of 1,371 men women and children.  Of these, 115 women, 3 men, and 84 children received emergency shelter, as they no longer felt safe in their homes.  Domestic violence is a problem that touches many in our community, and we also know that the impact it has on families can be lasting.  The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as, “a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of tactics, which may include any or all of the following: physical, sexual, verbal and psychological abuse. The behavior may occur during the relationship or after the relationship has ended.”  Victims face many barriers when leaving, including isolation, financial control, intimidation and threats, and fear of escalating violence.  Furthermore, victims must also face the expenses of rebuilding a new life, which can become staggering.

Jaron Goodson, a Wilmington native who is currently one of the owners of Good Sleep Mattress Co. saw the positive acts that Cedric Harrison and The Support The Foundation, Inc. were doing in his home town and wanted to join in on the random acts of kindness.  So Cedric came up with a plan to partner with DVSS, Inc.   Recognizing that victims of domestic violence face many obstacles when leaving their homes and have likely faced many sleepless nights, Cedric and JaRon collaborated to donate a new bed set to a survivor of domestic violence.  Through this generous donation, we were able to connect a family transitioning out of our shelter with a brand new bed.  This amazing gesture not only eases some of the family’s financial burden, but also serves a reminder that they are valued by our community.  Being that women don’t usually get a goodnight’s sleep while in a domestic violent relationship, it's good to know that now they will, courtesy of us. 

So Fresh, and So Clean Saturday

 

Helping The Homeless

 

Support The Port Foundation, helps Vigilant Hope feed, clean, and clothed the homeless every 3rd Saturday of the month at Greenfield Lake, from 8:00am-1:00pm(or until supplies last).   The day will start off with breakfast, followed by a nice hot shower provided by Vigilant Hope’s shower trailer.  After showers we will have a “Street Store” setup where homeless citizens of Wilmington can shop for clothes that are free, as if they were in a shopping center.  We are asking for helping hands to help with day of execution, and to donate items to the street store. At noon we will serve lunch and then after that we will provide a to go bag filled with toiletry items.

We are also looking for barbers in the area to help us with cutting hair for the men. We hope to shine light on their issues and find solutions to their problems as this event takes place.

 

What: Helping the Homeless

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm(Or until supplies last)

Location: Lake Forest church by Greenfield Lake

1626 Lake Branch Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401

 

 

Dress to Impress

Support The Port Foundation, Inc. collects ties and new or gently used business attire in Wilmington for young adults and those seeking employment during their Dress to Impress Clothing Drive. From January to February  Support The Port  has drop off locations at various businesses throughout the Port City.

 

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive and Feeding the Homeless

Support The Port Foundation, Inc. partners up with multiple organizations around the Wilmington area to provide a helping hand for families in need during the holidays. Starting Nov. 1st Support The Port Foundation, Inc. have donation boxes around the city of Wilmington that citizens of the community can donate can food goods and non perishable items in. 

Donation Drop Off Box Locations

Coastal Kicks - 3926 Market st, Wilmington, NC 28401

New Covenant Holiness Church  - 1020 Dawson St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Community Boys & Girls Club - 901 Nixon St, Wilmington, NC 28401

On the last day of the can food drive, Support The Port Foundation, Inc. and New Covenant Holiness Church feed the homeless 

 

Christmas Toy Drive

Support The Port Foundation, Inc. partners with multiple organizations around the Wilmington area to provide a helping hand for families in need during the holidays. Starting after Thanksgiving. Support The Port Foundation, Inc. puts donation boxes around the city of Wilmington that citizens of the community can donate toys and New to gently used clothes.

Donation Drop Off Box Locations

 

Coastal Kicks - 271 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

New Covenant Holiness Church  - 1020 Dawson St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Community Boys & Girls Club - 901 Nixon St, Wilmington, NC 28401

This Drive usually ends a week before Christmas 

Come Through, It's Lit!

Support The Port Foundation partners with businesses around the city to bring the citizens of Wilmington, N.C. a lituation situation with the Come Through, it’s Lit! Book Drive and Literature engagement.

From Feb. 1st to Feb. 27th.  Select businesses around Wilmington, NC will be collecting books for all ages of all reading levels. The books will be focused around African American History and/or be written by an African American Authors.  

During the last Saturday of February multiple Barbers and Hair Stylist give out free haircuts and hairstyles to children of the Wilmington community that come out and read one of the books that were collected during the month.  The children will grab a book and grab a seat and read to themselves while they wait for their turn in the chair.  Once they sit in the chair the barber or hair stylist will listen to them read out loud and help them with any reading problems along the way.  After that the child will be able to take that book plus another book of their choice home with them to continue to read.

All barbers giving haircuts to the boys will be at DC Virgo, whereas the girls will have to make appointments with hairstylist