Refugee Info Night


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. 

So I have partnered with United Way of Utah County, Community Action, and Centro Hispano to host a Refugee Info Night in response to an increasing desire to help. Please join me tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 18 at 450 North 1220 West for a brief orientation on refugees and find out how you can help locally. Starting at 6:30 pm, this open house-style orientation will help you understand who refugees are and their needs, become familiar with volunteer opportunities, and connect you with nonprofit organizations. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak directly to local organizations to find a service project that fits your interests exactly. Families, children, church youth groups, and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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!

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