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Neighborhood Engagement


Stay Engaged On and Off-Campus

Getting Involved

Getting involved is a great way to meet people, enhance your leadership skills, find your niche, and make a difference. Join an organization, go to programs, participate in activities, volunteer, and be a leader. Become a success. You won't regret it!


Don't miss out on the great things happening all around Hampton Roads! Check out these event calendars for more information.

Virginian Pilot

Portsmouth/Norfolk Ferry

Fest Events

 ODU Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir

Civic leagues are organizationsaimed at improving their community. Each civic league represents a portion of the Norfolk community and it is comprised of members from those neighborhoods. Norfolk's more than 150 active civic associations that contribute to the city's long-standing reputation of resident involvement and neighborhood pride.


Recently, the Lambert's Point and Larchmont Civic Leagues have addressed:

  • Parking concerns
  • Bulk waste pick-up
  • Building relationships with ODU
  • Neighborhood safety
Vivienne Budaza, executive director of Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), talks to residents at Norfolk’s Village Pointe Senior Apartments on 38th Street Friday morning. Budaza was one of five visitors from South Africa who were on campus last week for a book launch and photo exhibit highlighting the work of The Nevergiveups, a group of grandmothers within the GAPA organization. These women, who live outside Cape Town, provide economic, emotional and other support to women in their community who are faced with nursing sick children and raising grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, while running an after-school education and nutrition program for 200 children who otherwise would be left unattended. Friday morning’s visit was coordinated by ODU’s Cecelia Tucker, assistant to the president for community relations. Photo by Chuck Thomas

Make a difference in your community and join your civic league! You will have the opportunity to solve particular problems, influence government policy, get to know your neighbors, learn what's going on in your area, and make your community a better place to live.

If you have questions, are interested in attending a meeting, or want to join contact the City of Norfolk at CommunityEnrichment@norfolk.gov.

Need a place to put your books while you attend on-campus events?


The Webb University Center has day-use lockers available to students! Simply bring your ID to the Webb Information Desk (in the front lobby of Webb University Center) to reserve a locker!