Newport News Green Foundation celebrates 20 years/receives commendation
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Newport News Green Foundation held a Meet and Greet event at the Warwick Yacht and Country Club on April 20th to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Established in 1998, the foundation is a nonprofit that is dedicated to preserving, transforming, and promoting green space in the City of Newport News. To date, it has preserved close to 27 acres across 21 unique properties throughout the city. In addition, the foundation promotes its mission through partnerships with schools to create outdoor learning spaces, distributing grant funds to neighborhoods to improve their entranceways, and annually recognizing local businesses and organizations for their landscape efforts through their Green Awards.
So, what’s in store for the next twenty years? “We’re definitely staying true to our roots of preserving what we can along the major corridors in the city,” said the foundation’s executive director, Tami Farinholt. “However, we’ve also spent a great deal of time in the last couple of years talking about how we can make an even greater impact for the citizens of Newport News.” According to Farinholt, that means looking at everything from how to make the spaces they preserve more useful to the public for recreation, gathering, or education to discovering ways to be better partners with the city and its citizens to meet community needs.
During the celebration, Delegate Marcia Price presented the foundation with a commendation from the Virginia General Assembly. The commendation recognizes the foundation for its valuable service to the community and expresses admiration for its dedication to creating a more vibrant and beautiful Newport News.
For more information on the Newport News Green Foundation please visit www.nngreen.com.