The District encourages its employees to be actively involved in the communities in which we live. As a result, our employees volunteer their time and resources through participation and support in the local churches, schools, fire and rescue, and various other non-profit organizations. Through this support, we are able to make life better for many that are less fortunate.
Habitat for Humanity
For 25 years, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity has worked in partnership with God and people everywhere to build simple and affordable homes in decent communities. Through a partnership with the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project Team, the local Sheriff’s Department and the “Shop” students at a local high school, the District pledged to provide 1,000 volunteer hours to assist in the construction of a Habitat home. Construction began in the spring of 2016 and more than 775 volunteer hours were donated to this project. The dedication and blessing of this home took place on May 21, 2017.
United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore
District employees support the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s United Way campaign. Employees pledged $13,223 to this year’s campaign, “Giving Local and Living United,” thus providing valuable financial support to community organizations and non-profit agencies.
Each year, District employees participate in the Northampton County Department of Social Services’ “Angel Tree” Christmas program. Through our efforts, 30 angels, from newborns to age 10, are provided with needed clothing items and toys. District employees also help with the delivery of stockings, food, toys, and bikes from the Salvation Army in Virginia Beach to more than 450 families on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
In February of each year, a “Super Bowl Food Blitz” to benefit the local Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, including Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is conducted at the CBBT. In 2016, 245 pounds of food and $127 was collected, which will provide more than 575 meals to those in need.
Medical Tolls Program
Since 2003, the Commission and District have enjoyed a successful partnership with Eastern Shore Rural Health, who oversees a Medical Tolls Program designed to assist Eastern Shore residents in need of medical services in the Hampton Roads area. The District continues to donate funds to Eastern Shore Rural Health, which in turn are used to purchase scrip toll tickets for local residents who need to travel across the Chesapeake Bay for medical reasons including, but not limited to, complications of pregnancy, cancer, heart illnesses and surgeries. Learn more >>>
Educational Toll Program
The Educational Toll Program was created in 2010, to provide assistance to students commuting across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for the purpose of furthering their post-secondary education. This successful program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the Eastern Shore Community College, who administers the program. Learn more >>>
Special Olympics Torch Run
Each year, Virginia law enforcement comes together in support of Special Olympics within the communities in which they live and work. The Torch Run is a 2,000 mile, eight-day run in Virginia that is supported by more than 4,000 law enforcement personnel and over 300 agencies throughout the Commonwealth. The CBBT has participated in this event since 1987. On June 7, local participants began the 9-leg Eastern Shore run on Chincoteague Island and completed the last leg on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating 32 years and has raised more than $19 million for Special Olympics Virginia, including $1.3 million this year.