Community Help Cards Now Available
Customers are turning to the Library for information on community services and resources to help them with the personal disruptions in their lives. In response to these requests, NPL created a Community Help Card that connects people with community resources in Norfolk.
The Community Help Card is a wallet size card that lists contact information for referral services, city resources, and crisis hotlines. Since 2009, over 50,000 cards have been distributed through the Norfolk Public Libraries and other organizations in Norfolk, such as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, the Norfolk Police Department, the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Department, Norfolk’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the Norfolk Community Services Board, Norfolk’s Human Services Department, Norfolk Public Schools, The Planning Council, The YWCA, and many more.
Tress Johnson, Management Analyst with the Department of Human Services, gives out the Community Help Card at training classes and outreach events. “This card is on target for giving resource links to residents of Norfolk. I hand out the cards in my CERT classes; they are useful tools for all citizens and you never know who may need this information. The response has been ‘WOW, I really needed that!’” said Johnson.
Additional information and links to community resources can be found on the Library’s website at www.npl.lib.va.us/CommunityHelp. The online collection of resources is a comprehensive list of services available locally, statewide and nationally.
For more information, or to request Community Help Cards for your location to distribute, please call the Norfolk Public Library Public Relations Department at 757-664-7328 ext. 341.