Minneapolis says, "Hello Neighbor" to new immigrants, recent arrivals to the city
Hello Neighbor is a simple greeting that welcomes new arrivals to the City. Funded by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, the Neighborhood and Community Relations department has developed an outreach initiative to welcome newly arriving immigrants and refugees. The Hello Neighbor initiative emanated from the City’s core values of engaged residents and broader participation, with the goal of extending these treasured values to our new arrivals.
The original pilot project was focused towards our newly arriving East African Immigrants. Hello Neighbor is now extended to include all immigrant communities who are moving into the City. Eventually the initiative will be expanded to citywide.
For the current phase, we are working with some of the resettlement agencies that serve in Minnesota as well as a number of immigrant-community serving organizations. We are looking for volunteers from the City’s long-term residents to actively participate in this effort and extend a warm welcome to new arrivals.
Hello Neighbor volunteers will greet recent immigrants at their homes with one-on-one personal welcomes and give them a gift bag filled with free information about City services and resources.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mohamed Hajin, Access and Outreach Specialist with the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612 673 5475 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download a volunteer registration form here: Volunteer Registration Form
Please return form to Mohamed Hajin by:
mail to: Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, Attn: Mohamed Hajin. 250 South 4th Street, Room 110, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.
Last updated Dec. 20, 2012