Find resources and contact information for community assistance programs that are available and beneficial for residents.
The Brunswick County Emergency Management Department oversees the Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Program. The main component of the AFN Program is the AFN Registry. Formally called the 'Special Needs Registry', the AFN Registry is a HIPAA-compliant database of residents who may have additional needs before, during, and after an emergency event (e.g. a hurricane) in areas of maintaining independence, communication, transportation, safety, support, and healthcare. The AFN Program/Registry is completely voluntary; residents can opt out at any time. NC Emergency Management estimates that half of the state's population has an access and/or functional need(s).
The AFN Program is here to:
- Assist these residents with making personalized emergency preparedness plans;
- Coordinate evacuation transportation for those in the AFN Registry who need transportation to emergency evacuation shelters;
- Ensure that Brunswick County's emergency evacuation shelters are set up to be and remain accessible for people with access/functional needs throughout the duration of an activated shelter.
- Identify Brunswick County residents who have access/functional needs and include them in the AFN Registry (if they so choose);
AFN team members will establish a call center when an emergency event has occurred (like a tornado) or is anticipated (like a hurricane) and attempt to contact all residents in the AFN Registry in the affected area (which could be the entire county or just a certain area of the county). Team members will discuss residents' anticipated plans and needs for that specific event and ensure they are aware of all pertinent information related to that specific emergency event.
Additional Information and Resources:
- Disaster Preparedness Guide for Seniors and Caregivers
- Ready.gov - Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans Pamphlet (PDF)
- Ready.gov - Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Others w/Access and Functional Needs Pamphlet (PDF)
- Ready.gov - Preparing Makes Sense Pamphlet (PDF)
- Sign-up for the AFN Registry
To learn more about the AFN Program and/or sign up by phone, contact the Brunswick County AFN Coordinator at 910.253.2850.
Family Promise/WIHN (Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network) has an emergency shelter program that unites community partners in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. For more information, visit the Family Promise Website or call 910-769-4730.
Contact Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) to learn about resources for rental and utility assistance by calling 910-754-4766.
Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) is new statewide initiative that may provide rent and utility assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the economic effects of COVID-19. To apply or access additional resources from the HOPE program, visit the NC211 Rent Assistance Page.
Call the Coordinated Entry Hotline at 910-444-8315 (please leave a message if there is no answer) or email email@example.com for appointments and information. Visit Cape Fear's website for more details.
- North Carolina CoC Coordinated Entry Contact list
- NC Emergency Solutions Grant
Fleeing Domestic Violence
Housing Intake Call-Ins: Every Thursday and by appointment at:
- Family Promise: 10 am to 11 am
- 20 N 4th Street
- Phone: 910-769-4730
- 20 N 4th Street
- First Fruit Ministries: 11 am to Noon
- 2750 Vance Street
- Text HELP to 910-899-8380 on WhatsApp for 24/7 resources.
- Call their office at 910-794-9656 for information about housing, emergency shelter, food and supplies, and support (Monday through Friday from 10 am-5 pm).
- Email First Fruit Ministries to request help.
- Visit their Day Shelter on Tuesdays (women and families) or Thursdays to meet with a case manager.
- 2750 Vance Street
View more information on crisis response resources in Brunswick County and shelters in neighboring areas.
Port City Community Church: SERV, PC3 Leland
Service Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) is a PC3 Leland Team willing to assist with various situations that arise within our community. Some examples are:
- Assisting with getting a person home after a hospital stay
- Helping a homeowner fix corroded water pipes
- Helping an elderly church member change a light bulb that requires an extension ladder
- Gathering and distributing water after a serious weather event
Certain situations may require specific skills, so having a wide variety of persons with various abilities is necessary. Many situations will require no special skills, and all situations will simply require love and compassion. Contact SERV if you are in need.
Programs offered by Salvation Army Cape Fear include:
- Life Skills
- Soup Line
- Emergency Assistance
- Family Store Vouchers
Learn more about the programs offered by Salvation Army Cape Fear.
Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region)
Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families living in the following counties to participate in services: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. Programs offered by Catholic Charities include:
- Disaster Services
- Food Pantry Services
- Immigration Legal Services
- Emergency Utility Assistance
- Diaper Bank (Baby/Hygiene/Household Items)
Learn more about the programs offered by Catholic Charities.
Brunswick County Department of Social Services (DSS)
During the holiday season each year, Social Services works with community members and organizations to support children, youth, and adults involved with the child welfare system in Brunswick County. These individuals are automatically added to the list of participants for the Angel Tree initiative. Social Services team members work to collect wish lists for each Angel Tree participant, which are then created into tags and placed on Angel Trees at the three Walmart locations in Brunswick County. Once the tags have been placed, community members are invited to visit one of these Walmart locations to select a wish list, which they must fulfill by a certain date each December.
Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)
Information, donor forms, and participation applications for BFA's annual Christmas program can be found on the Brunswick Family Assistance website. Applicants must schedule an appointment to enroll in the Christmas program.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation - Calabash Campaign
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity that serves as the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots (TFT) Program. The Foundation is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Marine Toys for Tots Program. Their mission during the holiday season is to provide toys, books, and other gifts to in-need children of all ages. All donations collected through the Calabash Campaign are distributed to children in Brunswick, Columbus, and Bladen Counties.
The Salvation Army applications for Angel Tree Christmas Assistance can be found at the Salvation Army Angel Tree website. Applications can be completed in English and Spanish from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Documents will need to be uploaded - please follow the directions. Space is limited and will be first come first serve. Please share with all those that may need help with toys/clothing for their children this year!
Addiction Treatment, Resources, & Support
Mental Health & Substance Use
Trillium Health Resources is a local governmental agency (LME/MCO) that manages mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability services in Brunswick County and other eastern North Carolina counties.
- Use the Mental Health Screening Tool
- View a Provider Directory
- View the Opioid Use Disorder Medication Assisted Treatment Resource Manual (PDF)
Substance Use & Addiction Commission
Learn more about the Brunswick County Substance Use and Addiction Commission.
Individuals in need of food assistance are highly encouraged to call before visiting any food pantry as times, locations, and availability may change.
Use the Food Finder tool to enter your zip code and find a food bank near you.
State - Access Food for Children
- Governor Cooper announced a texting tool to access food for children. Free or reduced-price eligible families can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find nearby meal sites.
Brunswick Baptist Association
The Brunswick Baptist Association hosts a diaper bank every Wednesday at 1041 Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia (unless it falls directly before or on a holiday). Individuals must be referred by the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, a pastor of a local church, or a medical office. All referrals must be made by email no later than the Tuesday before. Phone referrals will not be accepted. The referral must include the individual's name receiving the diapers, the number of children needing diapers and their sizes, and the person who is making the referral with their complete contact information. All referrals must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call 910-754-7979
- 1041 Old Ocean Highway
Bolivia, NC 28422
- Wednesdays, by referral only. A photo ID is required.
- For more information, visit the Brunswick Baptist Website
- The Brunswick Baptist Association is a partner distribution site for the Diaper Bank of NC- Lower Cape Fear Branch. Email the Lower Cape Fear Branch
Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region)
Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families of all faiths or no faith tradition, living in the following counties to participate in services: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender.
- Call 910-251-8130 before you come to ensure we have what you need.
- 4280 U.S.-421
Wilmington, NC 28401
- Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11:30 am
- Families can access 30-50 diapers once every 30 calendar days. We also carry infant and toddler diapering needs.
- For more information, visit Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region) Website
- Catholic Charities is a partner distribution site for the Diaper Bank of NC- Lower Cape Fear Branch. Email the Lower Cape Fear Branch