The History of the Network

Learn about the history of the Hello Neighbor Network’s inaugural cohort and national research study.

Hello Neighbor Network Launches First National Leadership Cohort

In October of 2019, the Hello Neighbor Network launched its inaugural Leadership Cohort–a national collaboration of nine like-minded organizations from across the country doing exemplary work in helping refugees in their cities and 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 and 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), Soft Landing Missoula (Missoula), and Hello Neighbor (Pittsburgh).

Where small grassroots organizations can oftentimes be siloed, the Hello Neighbor Network creates a supportive peer network that unites organizations doing similar work and creates a space for collaboration and growth. 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 Publishes National Research Study

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.

Hello Neighbor Network Hosts Inaugural Convening

On November 13th-15th, 2019, the Hello Neighbor Network hosted its inaugural convening in Pittsburgh, where leaders from all nine organizations gathered together to generate ideas for mitigating the polarization gap most refugee families face 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.”

Read more about the inaugural Hello Neighbor Network Convening.