Seamen’s Center of Wilmington, a 501(c)3 non-profit, opened its doors and hearts to mariners arriving in the First State on January 1, 1990. Founded by a diverse group of individuals from the maritime, business and religious communities and sponsored in part by the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society, the Center was designed as a non-denominational mission dedicated to offering all seafarers arriving in Delaware a haven from the isolation of life aboard a merchant vessel.
The dedication of the SCW corps of volunteers touches the lives of thousands of seafarers with a commitment to personal, practical and spiritual assistance.
Federally mandated port security regulations prohibit vetted seafarers from walking on Port property; and once again SCW volunteers have risen to the challenge of assisting mariners by providing them escort services on and off of Port property.
In response to the needs of the seafarers and the Center, folks from all walks of life in our surrounding community help to assure that the mission is accomplished through their volunteerism, contributions and participation in SCW programs.
The mission of the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington, Inc., is to meet the needs of the seafarers who visit the Ports in the State of Delaware. Our goal is to make their time in port a rewarding one by providing personal, practical and spiritual assistance. A warm welcome is extended to ease the pain of loneliness and isolation and to offer a respite from the hazards of the sea.