Thankful Hearts

You can still be a part of Thankful Hearts 2021!  Don't miss it. 

We encourage you to take 5 minutes to watch the program

and hear from your local network and neighbors. 

The Harrelson Center, where common goodness builds community greatness!

  • unlock hope capital campaign

    The Unlock Hope Capital Campaign began with Phase I renovations to create our Help Hub for emergency financial assistance and to accommodate four essential nonprofit partners. With campus at capacity and services needed, we began Phase II demolition in 2019. With your investment, we will  complete our humanitarian services campus.  

    Learn More.

  • Orange Mailbox project

    June 2021 - Orange mailboxes are popping up at various locations throughout the county, with invitations for local youth to connect through a summer letter writing program. OMP is an initiative of The Harrelson Center and the New Hanover Resiliency Task Force and is intended to inspire local youth to make diverse connections, maybe friendships, while expressing their personal resilience through creative writing. The mailboxes will be placed with organizations that are hosting summer youth programming and will remain in place with templates provided and exchanged once a month through September, 2021. Read More.

  • take a tour of our campus

    We hope you enjoy seeing our campus and learning more about the unique partnerships which form when our Partners collaborate to help our neighbors. Tours are available the first Tuesday of each month at 11 am.  

    Learn more!

  • Window of Opportunity  T-Shirts for Sale

    Our #CommunityMatters colorful t-shirts are here! HC is on the front and our #CommunitySolutions partners are on the back. Only

    $20 each. ORDER with size for delivery now! We have XL in stock.

Meet your neighbors, Love Your neighbors!


Get involved


So many exciting things are happening at the Harrelson Center this year! Have you taken a tour yet? Do you know our partners? Do you want to assist with hurricane relief or at Help Hub? How about volunteering for or attending an event? Are you a humanitarian services nonprofit? Join Us!

Explore our Website - Clink a Link to:

Take a Virtual Tour | Sign up to Volunteer

Get Help or Find ResourcesRegister for our Newsletter

Read our Brochure | Make a DonationBecome a Partner

long-term Hurricane relief

& recovery efforts

Hurricanes Florence & Dorian  our community together and families continue to move back into safe and loving homes every day.

The outpouring of support from our neighbors has been overwhelming! We continue to pray and love our neighbors with you! Those needing assistance can visit the Help Hub or other hurricane relief resources.



The Harrelson Center is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit; the tax ID number will be printed on your receipt. Financial donations can also be mailed to our address: 20 North 4th St. Suite 214, Wilmington, NC 28401

Additionally, we are collecting and/or putting together "Welcome Home Baskets" to provide basic necessities for Kitchens, Bedrooms, and Bathrooms. Completed baskets can be dropped off at the Help Hub and will be delivered to families as they settle into their new/rebuilt homes.  Shop our Amazon Wish List.

See flyer for details:  WELCOME HOME  Lists of most needed items:

  • Dinnerware, flatware, cookware, can opener
  • Bed linens, blankets, pillows, air mattresses
  • Shower curtains, curtain rings, soap dishes, towels
  • Plastic storage boxes, mesh laundry bags


The Harrelson Center is a nonprofit campus that supports and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the Wilmington community to provide centralized services. Support is provided to our 20 nonprofit partners through:

  • Below Market Rental Rates
  • Paid Utilities
  • Parking and Security
  • Building Care and Maintenance
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking and Social Events
  • Client support through community partnerships & The Help Hub

learn about the Value of Partnership here

This synergistic environment allows all of these nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding. The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center strives to educate our community about the services offered from all of our nonprofit partners and provides assistance in connecting the dots between organizations and those we serve. The center recognizes the critical needs of others and encourages, uplifts and assists them in rebuilding their lives through the services provided at the center.


To provide a humanitarian services campus of nonprofit organizations that offer hope, opportunity and empowerment.


To be a Welcoming Space for a collaborative and spiritual environment, robust with idea sharing and opportunities for synergy and powerful service delivery, where people can easily navigate resources, referrals and direct services.


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