Organizations support educational, environmental, social equity, and community advancement initiatives

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ATLANTA, — Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) will award $1 million in grants to a diverse group of fifty-seven Hampton Roads nonprofit organizations. The grants further Norfolk Southern’s legacy of supporting people and families in the communities it serves. The organizations are committed to positive change in areas such as homelessness, filling gaps in K-12 education, food insecurity, arts and culture, as well as environmental preservation and restoration.

In 2021, Norfolk Southern announced that it would contribute $5 million to the Hampton Roadscommunity. The company will distribute $1 million each year for five years through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to nonprofits that support education, the environment, social equity, and community advancement.

“Generations of Norfolk Southern employees have lived, worked, and raised their families in the Hampton Roadscommunity. Today, our railroaders and retirees continue to be engaged in the region and invested in its future,” said Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan H. Shaw. “We are partnering with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to award the first tranche of this $5 millionfund and continue our support for a community that means so much to us.”

A selection committee of Norfolk Southern railroaders who live and work in the Hampton Roads area reviewed more than 120 applications — the most that the Hampton Roads Community Foundation has ever received in a single grant program — and selected 57 nonprofits to receive grants.

“These grants continue Norfolk Southern’s longtime, kindhearted support of the nonprofit community in Hampton Roads, making life better through philanthropy,” said Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the community foundation. “We are honored to be stewards of Norfolk Southern’s generous gift as we work together to create a thriving, inclusive community with opportunity for all.”

The organizations receiving grants will be recognized at a luncheon on Monday, December 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET at the Hilton Norfolk the Main. More than 100 people are expected to attend, including Annie Adams, Norfolk Southern’s Executive Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer, and Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Organizations that will receive grants include:

Organization Cause
757 Accelerate Social Equity
Access College Foundation Education Gaps for K-12 Students
Access Virginia Arts and Culture
An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach Education Gaps for K-12 Students
Blakey Weaver Counseling Center Inc Dropout Prevention
Chrysler Museum of Art Arts and Culture
Clever Communities In Action Education Gaps for K-12 Students
Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads Dropout Prevention
Community Outreach Coalition Education Gaps for K-12 Students
Connect With a Wish Social Equity
Cover 3 Football INC DBA Cover 3 Foundation Food Insecurity
Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Environmental Preservation and Restoration
Empowerment Center for Children Youth and Families Social Equity
Envision Lead Grow, Inc. Education Gaps for K-12 Students
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program Social Equity
Families of Autistic Children Of Tidewater Social Equity
G.I.R.L.S. Club Dropout Prevention
Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads Homelessness and Housing Instability Services
Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation Social Equity
Healthy Chesapeake Social Equity
Hope House Foundation, Inc. Social Equity
Horizons Hampton Roads, Inc. Education Gaps for K-12 Students
I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Inc. Arts and Culture
The Barry Robinson Center Dropout Prevention
LGBT Life Center Social Equity
Lynnhaven River NOW Environmental Preservation and Restoration
New Vision Youth Services, Inc. Homelessness and Housing Instability Services
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Inc. Arts and Culture
Norfolk Senior Center Food Insecurity
Nursing CAP, Inc. Social Equity
Regent University Social Equity
Samaritan House, Inc. Homelessness and Housing Instability Services
Seton Youth Shelters Homelessness and Housing Instability Services
Southeastern Virginia Areawide Model Program Food Insecurity
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children Social Equity
Suffolk Meals on Wheels, Inc. Food Insecurity
The Four Rivers Project Social Equity
The Genieve Shelter Social Equity
Tidewater African Cultural Alliance Arts and Culture
Trails of Purpose Social Equity
USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, Inc. Social Equity
Village Family Food Insecurity
Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc. Social Equity
Virginia Arts Festival Arts and Culture
Virginia Beach CASA Social Equity
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation Early Childhood Care and Education
Virginia Children’s Chorus Arts and Culture
Virginia Opera Association, Inc. Arts and Culture
Virginia Stage Company Arts and Culture
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Arts and Culture
Virginia Zoological Society Arts and Culture
Walk In It Inc. Education Gaps for K-12 Students
Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Inc. Social Equity
YMCA of South Hampton Roads Social Equity
Young Investors Group Homelessness and Housing Instability Services
Youth Outreach Urban Resources & Services Dropout Prevention
YWCA South Hampton Roads Homelessness and Housing Instability Services

About Norfolk Southern
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting

About the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
With roots dating back to 1950, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment with over $500 million in assets. It has awarded over $344 million in grants and scholarships since its founding. The Foundation also plays a critical role in community leadership, tackling such regional issues as early childcare and education, homelessness and affordable housing, climate change and disaster responsiveness, and regional economic competitiveness. The Foundation’s mission is to make life better in Hampton Roads through grantmaking, philanthropy, and civic engagement. Its vision is a thriving community with opportunity for all.