Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the New Neighbors Campaign, a new initiative aimed at standardizing and simplifying the volunteer process to support new arrivals. This campaign was developed in partnership between the Mayor's Office of Immigrant, Migrant, and Refugee Rights, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, and the Chicago Department of Public Health as well as mutual aid partners including ChicagoCares, Chicago Refugee Coalition, and AmeriCorps VISTA.
Phase One of the New Neighbors Campaign was officially launched, supporting partners such as the City Clerk's Office, The Resurrection Project, and New Life Centers in providing opportunities for volunteers to engage in activities ranging from TPS workshops to donation drives. Phase Two will involve volunteers being connected to service opportunities in and out of shelters to propel community connection & recreation. Interested organizations that would like to be a part of the New Neighbors Campaign should reach out to the Office of Immigrant, Migrant, and Refugee Rights to be put in contact with ChicagoCares for additional support and for volunteer opportunities.
Interested volunteers should visit the Chicago Refugee Coalition’s The Hub landing page.