Ballentine Place Civic League in Norfolk goes virtual

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 16:58:12-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A local civic league is taking the conversation to the computer screen.

Like many, the Ballentine Place Civic League in Norfolk is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus. They don't want important issues to be pushed to the side because new government orders are restricting people from gathering.

In lieu of being able to meet in person, on Thursday nights they'll chat via Zoom. Board members say it's a way to stay connected, and hope it inspires the younger generation to get involved.

"The biggest deal here is that, you know, we are now in a world where we have four generations coming to the table to be civically engaged," says board member Jackie Glass. "This will be an important step in connecting and seeing what it looks like when we try to stay connected when we can't see each other on Thursday nights."

Other members in the community echo that sentiment, saying the only way to spread knowledge is by coming together.

"It means a lot to us as individuals and as part of a group that we're reaching out to a larger community, so that we can continue to be connected and be supportive in ways that somehow or other we've seemed to pull away from over the years. So now we're forced back into reaching out to people again in a positive way," says member Mary Babcock.

Click here if you would like access to Thursday night's Zoom call.

For more information on the Ballentine Place Civic League, you can head to their Facebook page or send an email: