It’s easy to brag about Provo. We are consistently recognized nationally for our outstanding quality of life, well-being, and as a beautiful place to live with unbelievable recreational opportunities. Not only are we surrounded by spectacular mountains and beautiful landscapes but our residents are amazing. Our city is full of salt of the earth, hardworking, honest, intelligent, and talented people. We are a compassionate community. Every year we receive national rankings for being first in the country for charitable giving and volunteerism.
So it will come as no surprise for you to learn that my office has received many calls from residents looking for ways they can help aid refugees and immigrants in Utah County. With more than 70,000 refugees in Utah, the need for help on several levels is a reality for such families. With a little bit of digging, you’ll quickly find out that the majority of political refugees in Utah resettle in the Salt Lake area. But are there people here in Provo and Utah Valley who are far from home and still need help? People who you can become friends with, and invite into your home? Organizations close to your home that you can volunteer with? Absolutely. We have plenty in our community who long to feel safe and to have a sense of belonging.
Thank you for being a part of this amazing kind and compassionate community and thank you for making my job as mayor easier because you are willing to serve. I know that together we can be an incredible force for good. Hope to see you Wednesday night!