Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2015, when Mayor Paul Fraim signed the Declaration of Service and committed to implementing impact volunteering initiatives. Under the mayor’s leadership and the project team’s hard work, Norfolk is leveraging volunteers to make a real impact in improving resilience. Norfolk is committed to being a premier waterfront community that creates a positive, regenerative effect on its environment, avoids detrimental environmental impacts, and thrives economically and culturally.

Norfolk is one of ten cities to take part in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. The city will receive human capital, financial, and technical support to develop environmental and social resilience in low-income communities.

To learn more about the great work taking place in Norfolk, read their Resilience Strategy, visit, and follow at @NorfolkVA.

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Resilience AmeriCorps

Norfolk's key environmental challenges include increased flooding due to sea level rise, localized land subsidence and increased frequency of storms. Six out of the eleven highest water levels that affected Norfolk since 1933 occurred in the last twelve years, and nuisance tidal flooding in the city has increased by 325% since 1960.

The City of Norfolk will develop impact volunteering initiatives to tackle these problems through the Resilience AmeriCorps program. Norfolk may attempt to advance resident-led neighborhood revitalization, helping to better prepare vulnerable residents for increasing risks of flooding.

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