Warmth for Wake is a seasonal energy assistance outreach program that is co-sponsored by Wake County Human Services and the North Carolina Bankers Association.  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.
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.

Wood Delivery Schedule for the 2016–2017 season –

  • October 8 & 22
  • November 5 & 19
  • December 3 & 17
  • January 14 & 28
  • February 11 & 25
  • March 11 & 25 (if needed)
Volunteers are always needed for this project – if you would like to volunteer for Warmth for Wake, please visit our online volunteer registration page. 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.
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.
Wood donations
Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, our wood supplies are full through the rest of the 2016-2017 season.  We are not currently accepting donations of wood.
Equipment Donations – To continue meeting rising demand for our service, Warmth for Wake will gladly accept the in-kind donation of chain saws, axes, mauls, hydraulic splitters and a wheelbarrow to our program. Financial donations for this purpose are also welcome. 

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.

Special Thanks!


Warmth for Wake would not be possible without the continued dedication of our community partners.


North Carolina Bankers Association – Coordinates the fundraising portion of our project through Wake County bank branches.
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 212-7084 – to donate, volunteer, or to receive a wood delivery

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