The Newport News Green Foundation was established by the Newport News City Council in June 1998, and became a separately chartered non-profit, charitable organization five months later. The foundation was created due to the council's awareness that urban development had changed the appearance of the city to such an extent that landscaping needed to be reintroduced along urban corridors as well as in green areas that had been established to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the city.
Through joining the Foundation's Advocates Guild, members provide assistance, leadership, support, and advocacy for the Green Foundation. Members assist in community exhibits and events, communications, administrative needs of the foundation, and/or in landscaping projects. Associate Membership is a way for local businesses to get involved, established to serve as a resource in the community and helps provide charitable support for the mission.
Joining the Green Corps is a great opportunity for youth to become involved in the community while learning what it means to be green. The Green Corps is comprised of college and high school students, ages 14-21. Membership is free. Members have the opportunity to become involved in three primary areas:
1) Community service and activity - helping with planning and leading service projects, such as planting trees and vegetation in needed areas;
2) Environmental education - teaching young children with project involvement; and
3) Career opportunities for the future - internships, event planning, website, media, etc.
Through this organization the city is striving to preserve a greener future and to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work, and play.