NNPD and Community Partners to
Host Drive-Thru Book Giveaway
The Community Youth and Outreach Division of the Newport News Police Department and other community partners are sponsoring a Drive-Thru Book Giveaway this Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Newport News Fire Station #3, 10454 Jefferson Ave. The goal is to help enhance the reading skills of our youth by putting age appropriate books right in their hands. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to receive a NEW book and a goodie bag!
To keep traffic moving and to prevent backups, attendees should enter the fire station from Hemlock Rd. and then exit back out to the light on Jefferson Ave. Please wear a mask and remain in your vehicle at all times.
For more information about the Community Youth and Outreach Division of the Newport News Police Department, visit the city’s website
YouthBuild Participants Put Skills to Work
Earlier this year, the City of Newport News and Volunteers of America Chesapeake received a grant from the Department of Labor to create Newport News Youthbuild to engage city residents ages 16-24 in job readiness training, financial literacy classes and career exploration opportunities. The program goal is to help young people obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries, including carpentry, maintenance and pre-apprenticeships in plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and electrical services.

Through the program, participants received carpentry training that focused on how to shape and install building materials during the construction of residential homes. During training at the city’s Four Oaks Training Center, students learned techniques, as well as the importance of precise measurements and teamwork in the construction process. Safety was a critical part of the training and students were credentialed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 
Young people were able to put their new skills to good use by working with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg to build a home in the city’s Southeast Community. Students worked alongside the construction crew and volunteers to help build a home for a single mother and her two young children. The project gave students a chance to implement safety measures learned during OSHA training and receive professional instruction from certified grade A construction professionals. 
After helping with the home for two days, young people in the program reflected on how life-changing the work had been. Many said it was inspiring to do something that improved their future while helping others. Damon Washington, a YouthBuild participant, stated, “What you do now will go a long way in the future to prepare for self, family and the community.”
For more information on Newport News YouthBuild, visit the program website or call 757-386-5922. 
Partners Needed for Litter Awareness Program
For over 30 years, cigarette butts have been the number one item collected during Clean the Bay Day to protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) created a Cigarette Litter Awareness Program to address this issue and now they have a unique way you can get involved! 
Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful, the HRPDC manufactured industrial-sized cigarette butts. These large cigarette butts have been staged within the City of Newport News in the past, and now we need partner locations to keep the momentum going. The goal is to display some of the “big butts” at locations throughout the city to foster awareness of cigarette litter on streets, waterways and parks. If your business or organization is interested in participating, please call 757-933-2311. 
The Department of Public Works also has a limited number of standing (pocket) ashtrays and cigarette receptacles available to businesses upon request. Please call 757-933-2311 to submit a request or for more information.