Community Builders Award Categories
The Norveleate Downing-Gross Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies a life in service to creating a fully functional, vibrant community and provides leadership with a commitment to addressing community issues, such as affordable housing, improving access to services, confronting aging matters, equal opportunity, building multicultural relationships, providing resources for those in need, bringing quality social, education, and recreational activities into the community, and growing positive and constructive citizenship within the community.
The Corporate Citizenship Action Award recognizes a business in Hampton Roads that emphasizes giving back to their community. This award honors a company that makes contributions to their community through time, activities and/or donations while serving as a role model to other businesses.
The Community Citizenship Action Award has been established to recognize a servant leader in the community. The candidate should have a proven track record as an advocate for change, in our local communities. This leader defines humanity and community as a set of values that include but are not limited to family, faith, leadership, teamwork, and mentoring. The individual should be selfless and understand that values are inherent and not dictated by social or economic status.
The Youth Leadership Action Award recognizes students who consistently demonstrate high academic achievement, service to the community, participation in extracurricular activities, potential for leadership, and respect for others.
The Robert O. Bigelow Award is given to a HRCAP volunteer that best exemplifies the spirit of Lt. Col. Robert O. Bigelow. After years of meritorious service in the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Bigelow became a dedicated member, and eventual director, of the Office of Human Affairs, now Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP The recipient of the Robert O. Bigelow award must share his passion in meeting the needs of the Hampton Roads community.