Big News! Announcing the launch of our first national cohort 💥

Today marks the launch of the Hello Neighbor Network! A national initiative bringing together 8 refugee organizations from around the country.

By Sloane Davidson,  October 23, 2019

Special Announcement: Hello Neighbor is proud to announce the launch of the Hello Neighbor Network, a national collaboration of refugee organizations from around the country.

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Leadership Cohort for the Hello Neighbor Network!

Joining this first ever cohort are eight like-minded organizations from across the country who are doing exemplary work in helping refugees in their cities. 

The first cohort includes the following organizations across the country: Dwell Mobile (Mobile), Heartfelt Tidbits (Cincinnati), Hearts and Homes for Refugees (Westchester County, NY), Homes Not Borders (District of Columbia), International Neighbors (Charlottesville), Miry’s List (Los Angeles), Refugee Assistance Alliance (Miami) and Soft Landing Missoula (Missoula). 

As a note, these are all women-led organizations making an incredible impact in their communities.

The Hello Neighbor Network brings together a cohort of nonprofit leaders that are dedicated to helping refugees as they navigate their new lives in America.

The network was founded and created by Hello Neighbor as a way to unite organizations doing similar work across the country who are currently siloed and could benefit from the collaboration of a supportive peer network. The cohort will be responsible for generating new ideas and sharing resources that help combat polarization and increase inclusiveness for refugees in communities across the nation!

Hello Neighbor Network National Leadership Cohort Survey

As a part of the network’s first initiative, the cohort commissioned a survey between volunteers and refugees to better understand the impact of refugee support agencies and nonprofits. Findings from the survey include:

  • 92% (of refugees with children) felt their kids had more access to opportunities after working with an organization
  • 91% of refugees felt more connected to the city they lived in after getting involved with a local refugee organization
  • 93% of volunteers believe their organization reduced polarization in their community
  • 97% of volunteers said, as a result of volunteering, they advocate for refugee issues at local, state and national government levels
  • One in two people volunteering or working for refugee agencies said their discouragement with the current political climate was one of their top three reasons for getting involved

Read more about the study’s findings!

The Hello Neighbor Network brings together a cohort of nonprofit leaders that are dedicated to helping refugees as they navigate their new lives in America. The network was founded and created by Hello Neighbor as a way to unite organizations doing similar work across the country who are currently siloed and could benefit from the collaboration of a supportive peer network. The cohort will be responsible for generating new ideas and sharing resources that help combat polarization and increase inclusiveness for refugees in communities across the nation.

Hello Neighbor will host a convening of representatives from all eight organizations of the cohort in Pittsburgh on November 13 – 15, 2019. Leaders will be tasked with generating ideas and scaling resources to help mitigate the polarization gap most refugee families are facing in communities across the nation.

“As the global refugee crisis has increased, the United States has begun to strongly debate immigration policies and the arrival of immigrants and refugees in our country. As a nation, it’s time to empower a new generation of nonprofits focused on supporting refugees,” said Sloane Davidson, founder of the Hello Neighbor Network. “The Hello Neighbor Network creates a critical platform for these nonprofits leaders to learn from one another, share best practices, and tackle challenges together.”

A special thank you to our first three foundation partners who believed in this idea from the beginning: USA for UNHCR, The Good People Fund and The Harnisch Foundation.

We are so thankful to everyone who helped us get to this exciting new chapter for Hello Neighbor, and most importantly, to everyone working to make our communities welcoming to our newest neighbors. We know amazing things can happen when you bring together amazing people and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

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