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Azalea Festival Home Tour – 2019

Be a house captain or docent on HWF’s Azalea Festival Home Tour in April. Captains coordinate with homeowners and manage volunteers. Docents greet, direct, and educate visitors on the history of the Tour’s homes. Be a part of this great Wilmington tradition!

5K Run

Our Trick or Trot for Preservation 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is a FUN all-ages, costumed race. Grab your most creative historic costume and help us with race logistics, water station, handing out candy to kiddos, check-in, etc!

Special Events

Additional Special Events happen throughout the year. Help could be needed for check-in, set up, food prep, decorations and more.


Volunteers take pictures for HWF presentations, publications and archives. It is helpful if volunteers have their own camera.

Tar Heels Go Walking

A partnership with New Hanover County Schools since 2009, Historic Wilmington Foundation guides have delivered tours to more than 22,000 third graders, their teachers and parent volunteers. The tour educates students about historic preservation, public art, and Wilmington history and development. Tar Heels Go Walking received a Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit for outstanding achievement from Preservation North Carolina in 2010. The Tar Heels Go Walking runs from September through early December. Volunteer tour guides are needed. Guide training takes place in August.

Legacy Architectural Salvage

Legacy Architectural Salvage is a significant tool in our fight for historic preservation and green building! LAS accepts and resells architectural element donations c.1960 and older. Volunteers are needed to staff the Legacy Architectural Salvage operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, assist with special LAS events, load or unload a delivery truck, create shelving, dismantle buildings, teach classes, distribute flyers and more! Email salvage@historicwilmington.org to volunteer or to learn more.

HWF Standing Committees (To be considered for a committee you will need to be a member of the foundation.)

  • Membership
  • Plaque
  • Urban Properties & Preservation Action
  • Community Engagement
  • Volunteer
  • Education

Office Help/Bulk Mailings

Volunteers assist with bulk mailings, data entry and help distribute posters and other PR materials to area businesses.