Operation: Engage Norfolk
My name is Summer, and I’m an Americorps VISTA serving with Heart of Compassion Partnerships in Chesapeake, VA. I recently attended my first “official” event with the organization, and it was impressive – to say the least.
On Sunday, February 12, 2017 my organization attended the “Engage Norfolk” civic event. The event was sponsored by Norfolk Councilwoman Andria McClellan. Also in attendance was Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, as well as office representatives for Senators Kaine and Werner. Nearly 100 community organizations got involved and made the event.
“Engage Norfolk” is an event that allowed the community organizations who were seeking volunteers, for various different project and programs, to interact and inform members of the community, who were looking to volunteer, about their organization and what they “do”. The turnout was amazing. At our table alone, between signup sheets and business cards, we had 30+ members of the community interested in volunteering to tutor the students at our urban outreach centers!
The “Engage Norfolk” was a huge success. There are many cities surrounding with communities surrounding Norfolk that would benefit from an event like this. With this being the first year of the event, and it being such a success, there are “talks” of creating a “manual” so that other cities can host similar events with the same outcome and enthusiasm, as well as a version geared towards younger members of the community.
To see the people of the community, my community, come out and support each other was truly an inspiration that has undoubtedly made an everlasting impact on the passion I have of ending the war on poverty. Throughout this year of service I look forward to seeing and experiencing our community come together and support each other to achieve the ultimate goal- to change the world one child, one family, one community at a time.