The North Carolina Coastal Federation, a state environmental nonprofit with one of its three offices located at Wrightsville Beach, will be holding its annual holiday party to thank those who have volunteered their time with the organization throughout 2013.
“People love to be able to live on the coast — to fish, surf, swim or just be here — and I think they recognize the Coastal Federation as one of the organizations that works very hard to protect that for environmental, cultural and economic reasons,” said Ted Wilgis, a coastal education coordinator for the federation. “They see that we do good work and that we’re effective and work with a lot of other partners so that their efforts get magnified. I think they recognize that the Coastal Federation is an organization that works very hard to protect that.”
Wilgis said more than 700 volunteers donated more than 4,000 hours of their time with the federation this past year. One event for which he said volunteers were critical was the moving of the historic Palmgren-O’Quinn house around Harbor Island during summer 2013. Currently the house is still being renovated at its current resting place in the town’s historic square. Volunteers have continued to pitch in, scraping old paint, painting on fresh coats and helping out with various small construction jobs around the federation’s new headquarters.
“We also built two living shorelines, [which are] oyster reefs and saltwater restoration projects — one on Oak Island and the other in Morris Landing,” Wilgis added. “We’ve also had a lot of volunteers help out with our advocacy efforts, going to public meetings or writing letters on issues from terminal groins to water quality and the Titan fight. It’s been a great effort.”
The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Causeway Café. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and have an opportunity to meet each other and the federation staff. Wilgis said they would also be handing out several awards to volunteers who have gone above and beyond the norm.
Those interested in attending can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nccoast.org to RSVP by Dec. 10.