Nominate Your Neighborhood’s “Difference Makers”

The City of Norfolk is sponsoring the 2016 Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Awards designed to recognize the “difference makers” in our neighborhoods — from the individual resident, to a civic organizations as well as local businesses. Nominations are are being accepted now through June 3 and can be submitted by completing this printable nomination form. You can also email your nominations to neighborhoodengage@norfolk.gov or email to Department of Neighborhood Development, 401 Monticello Avenue, 1st Floor, Norfolk VA, ATTN: Michelle Johnson..

The NBN Awards are made based on:

  • Residents working together as volunteers to improve the community
  • Encouraging individual and community responsibility for the neighborhood
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of enhancing the quality of life in Norfolk through neighborhood programs and events
  • Promoting neighborhood unity, communication, interaction, and cooperation
  • In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected based on which nominee’s project had the greatest neighborhood impact; whether it be the number of people affected or the area size served. If the votes remain tied, the Awards Nomination committee will determine the winner.

Awards categories are:

Best Small Neighborhood Business Award
This award is for a small business that serves as an asset and good neighbor; contributing to the positive efforts of the community.

Youth Civic Participation Award
The recipient of this award is either a young resident/group of youth who is civically engaged in his/her neighborhood or an organization that engages youth in their neighborhood.

Neighborhood Champion
This award recognizes a resident who makes distinguished contributions to and for his/her community in the areas of social, physical, and/or educational improvements. Nominee should be someone who regularly lends his/her experience, expertise and efforts to improve the community.

Unsung Hero Award
The recipient of this award is a person who gives his/her time, talent, and energy unselfishly, making substantive yet unrecognized contributions to his/her neigborhood.  

Exemplary Employee Awards
This award will be presented to a City of Norfolk employee who provides stellar customer service to residents; going beyond their job duties to ensure residents’ concerns are addressed.

Best Marketing Tool
This award will be presented to a civic league or neighborhood-based organization that has created an effective marketing tool (newsletter, flyer, social media outlet, etc.) for civic engagement.

Best Overall Neighborhood
This award recognizes a civic league or neighborhood organization for a project, event, or program that is the best example of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods.

Nominations must be no more than 500 words and include a project title or business or organization name as applicable, contact information, project overview, and address the above stated criteria as it relates to the award category of the nomination.

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