Warmth for Wake is a seasonal energy assistance outreach program that is sponsored by Wake County Human Services. The project begins in October and ends in March of each year.

The goal of the program is to provide fuel to low-income residents of Wake County during the coldest winter months.


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The Warmth for Wake program consists of two initiatives:

Firewood Delivery

With the commitment of a strong volunteer base, Warmth for Wake is able to provide free deliveries of firewood to homes that can use it to offset their gas or electric heat consumption.
A maximum of 3 cords per season is available to eligible households.

Wood Delivery Schedule for the 2020–2021 season:

  • October 3 & 17
  • November 14 & 28
  • December 12 & 26
  • January 9 & 23
  • February 6 & 20
  • March 6 & 20

Emergency Space Heaters

Warmth for Wake provides new and gently used space heaters to households lacking another heat source. We accept year-round donations of heaters during regular business hours at our Swinburne office, and also during the winter at the Yard Waste Center on mornings that we are working on-site.

Volunteer with Warmth for Wake

Both individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Groups of 4 or more people should contact the project coordinators in advance to reserve a work session.
Volunteers are always needed for this project. The minimum age to volunteer for this project is 15. If you have a truck or trailer, or can supply your own tools to help cut wood at our wood lots, please contact denise.kissel@wakegov.com or 919-212-7083.

Donate Wood to Warmth for Wake

We are currently accepting limited donations of wood, when it is delivered to our work site at the City of Raleigh Yard Waste Center. Donors must contact Warmth for Wake prior to delivery in order to receive a permission slip.
Additionally, donated wood must meet the following criteria to be accepted:
  • Logs must originate from within a 50-mile radius of Raleigh (to reduce the spread of disease and pests).
  • Logs can be mixed hardwoods and/or softwoods, but NO pine is accepted.
  • Logs must be a maximum of 6 feet in length.
  • Logs must be a maximum of 24 inches in diameter.

Logs brought to the Yard Waste Center that do not meet the donation criteria may be refused or subject to the city's current disposal fees. See the Yard Waste Center's web page for hours, location and fees.

Equipment Donations – To continue meeting rising demand for our service, Warmth for Wake will gladly accept the in-kind donation of chainsaws, axes, mauls, hydraulic splitters and a wheelbarrow to our program. Financial donations for this purpose are also welcome.


Make a Financial Donation

100% of your tax-deductible gift supports these efforts. No administrative costs are taken from this fund. Checks can be made payable to "Warmth for Wake" and mailed to:
Warmth for Wake
P.O. Box 46833
Raleigh, NC 27620-6833
Special Thanks!
Warmth for Wake would not be possible without the continued dedication of our community partners:
Everett Farms – Donates firewood, tools, manpower and a wood storage facility
ArborMax Tree Service – Donates firewood, tools, manpower and a wood storage facility
City of Raleigh Solid Waste – Provides a project work site at its Yard Waste Facility



For more information about the Warmth for Wake project:

919-212-7083 or 919-231-5549 – to donate, volunteer, or to receive a wood delivery

919-212-7000 – for information about how to apply for financial assistance