EmpowerLA is proud to partner with nonprofit organization Miry’s List on the “Welcome, Neighbor” refugee welcome program. Welcome, Neighbor has just been named a finalist for the LA2050 grant! Click to learn more about Welcome, Neighbor, and to see how you and your Neighborhood Council can get involved.


What is LA2050?

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative that aims to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050. The My LA2050 Activation Challenge offers five winning organizations $200,000 to help make a tangible impact on one of these five aspects of life in Los Angeles by the year 2020.

Though Welcome, Neighbor, has been named one of the five finalists in the Connect granting category, your vote is needed in order to win. Voting opens June 19th at https://activation.la2050.org/vote/. 


About the Welcome, Neighbor program

Welcome, Neighbor seeks to activate 100,000 Angelenos over the next two years to work through the Neighborhood Council system to help welcome and support their newest neighbors – resettling refugees. Working in tandem with Neighborhood Councils across the City, Welcome, Neighbor will give Angelenos useful tools and actionable steps they can take to reach out to and support these individuals and families. The program is founded on the belief that a Los Angeles where neighborhoods come together to welcome refugees with open arms will be a better, more compassionate, and more engaged place for all Angelenos.

Miry’s List was founded by former Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council member Miry Whitehill, to use crowdsourcing and social media to connect a community of volunteers with people who want to help refugees start new lives as our neighbors in Southern California. The nonprofit organization grew out of the efforts of Whitehill and fellow ERNC boardmembers to lead the way for Neighborhood Councils to assist refugee families. Toward this end, Eagle Rock NC passed a Neighborhood Welcome Resolution, which was adopted by the City of LA in 2017.

To learn more about the Welcome, Neighbor proposal, visit https://activation.la2050.org/connect/mirys-list/.


Save the date for Welcome, Neighbor’s “New Arrival Festival” (DTLA June 28th)

On June 28th, come meet new neighbors from across the globe and learn more about the Welcome, Neighbor program at the New Arrival Festival, happening at the historic Pico House in downtown LA. Eat great food, listen to music, and enjoy panel discussions hosted by people like KCRW’s “Good Food” host Evan Kleiman.

Pico House is in the El Pueblo historic district across from Los Angeles Union Station, at 424 S Main Street, 90012. The New Arrival Festival happens Thursday, June 28th, from 5-8 pm.