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Norfolk Community Upcoming Events/Updates

Ignite 2023! Kickoff Event - Want to know what you can do to make your neighborhood stronger? You have the power to spark community change! Norfolk's Department of Neighborhood Services has some great workshops, discussions, and events lined up for the year to connect you with the resources, network, and strategies to bring your community together. It all starts with Ignite 2023! Kickoff Event featuring Rich Harwood, author, and founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation on February 23, 2023, at the Slover Library. Registration opens in January. Ignite 2023! Kickoff Event is free and open to the public! Visit for information and registration.

Community Placemaking - Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Learn techniques and principles while creating a crafting project that can be a mobile placemaking art piece aimed at making your community more vibrant. Join Norfolk’s Department of Neighborhood Services at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, located at 111 W. Ocean View Avenue on January 31st, at 5:15PM. Register now at This event is FREE and open to the public.

BankOn - If you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, sign up today for free, financial education and coaching! BankOn Hampton Roads’ 5-month program will give you the skills to gain your financial independence. The next classes start in February and are available in-person or virtually. Visit to register.

Block By Block Grant - Civic leagues and other neighborhood-based organizations are encouraged to begin planning for BBB grants or discussing with their Neighborhood Development Specialist. The next round of applications will be accepted from February 13th through March 3rd. Please visit for more information, eligibility requirements, resources, and future 2023 application dates.

Winter Shelter - Starting Sunday evening, Freemason Street Baptist Church will host Winter Shelter. In addition to letting our community know about this valuable resource, FSBC could use our help with volunteers and items/food to keep things running smoothly and provide a safe, warm, and inviting environment for our friends. If you are able to help, please visit the Sign Up Genius Page at and let your friends and neighbors know as well. It takes all of us to make this type of endeavor work well. Please pass this information along as appropriate to UNSHELTERED clients you may be working with who would otherwise be outdoors over the cold weekend, and if interested in a volunteer opportunity to help with shelter.

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