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Ready to move from newcomer to in-the-know neighbor of Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale or Southeast Raleigh?

Enter The New Neighbor Project. It’s a new way modern local media company Raleigh Convergence is connecting the many newcomers to Wake County.

When you sign up for The New Neighbor Project email newsletter series, you’ll get four guides to your new community delivered to your inbox weekly, written by a community ambassador.

Consider it the fast-track to making Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale or Southeast Raleigh feel like home.

You’ll also be signed up for Raleigh Convergence’s three weekly newsletters on other days of the week, which include what’s going on now, from public meetings to ways you can get involved locally.

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The New Neighbor Project will also connect you with existing neighbors and the corresponding community ambassador through Facebook Group discussions and events. Events included trivia nights and scavenger hunts!

(Note: If you’re an existing Raleigh Convergence subscriber, you can update your info by checking the box for your community and re-entering your email address.).

You can request to join the Facebook groups now or join at the end of your newsletter sequence!

👍Southeast Raleigh Facebook Group

👍Knightdale Facebook Group

👍Cary Facebook Group

👍Raleigh Facebook Group

New Neighbor Project Ambassadors create content for the newsletters for their neighbors, moderate their community’s Facebook group and co-host events!

Southeast Raleigh Community Ambassador: Troy Johnson 

Troy is an author, community leader, inspirational speaker, and visionary of nonprofit YM4C Enterprises.

Troy resides in Southeast Raleigh with his wife and three children. Troy has served as an ambassador for Southeast Raleigh and the residents of the Rock Quarry Corridor years before this role. He finds fulfillment in serving the young men of his community through mentoring, social skills and physical activity programs. Serving in this capacity, Troy has built strong relationships throughout all parts of the RDU giving him an opportunity to bring all people together; building this thing we call commUNITY. 

Cary Ambassador: Maggie Mae Whittemore

Maggie describes herself as “just a northern girl navigating the southern world.” After moving from Maine to North Carolina after graduating from college in 2017 with a degree in Media Studies, Digital Arts and Journalism, she made her new home in the Town of Cary. This transition was made easy by those in her new neighborhood that welcomed her with open arms.

Throughout 2019, Maggie represented Cary in two different statewide pageants, holding the title of Miss Cary for both. With this title, she made it her goal to become involved through volunteering to give back to and meet the people she was representing. She attended over 15 events throughout the year including celebrations like the Pimento Cheese Festival, the Cary Road Race, and the Bond Park Pumpkin Flotilla.

Maggie is delighted to get to be the Community Ambassador for Cary and is enthusiastic to get her new and established neighbors connected.

Knightdale Community Ambassador: Arlene Brown

Arlene is a dedicated and relatable professional with a passion for ensuring others are seen, heard, valued and understood. With an affinity for strategic planning, storytelling and community engagement, she is truly the sum of all her experiences. 

As a resident of Knightdale, she is inspired by all the town has to offer. From partnering with the Crosby-Garfield Center as a Community Leadership Action Team member to being the Interim Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Triangle, (YNPN Triangle NC), she has thick ties to many sources of servant leadership. What’s even better is she wants to share it all with you!

Arlene, her husband Richard and their sweet dog Stella are excited to welcome newcomers to the great Raleigh area, and we’d like to invite you to please come be our neighbor!

Raleigh at large Community Ambassador: Susan Murphy

Susan was born in Raleigh and has lived here her whole life, apart from the two times she lived in London – once as a Pan Am Flight Attendant and again while working in USA TODAY’s European Headquarters – giving her a unique perspective. 

She moved back in 2001, when she and her husband had the chance to buy her grandparents’ house in Five Points. Since then, she’s brought up two daughters in the public school system, while volunteering in various capacities. She is currently serving a four-year term as Parent Partner at Broughton High School. 

Susan is part of the fabric of Raleigh – and makes it her mission to be in the know on areas ranging from music and the arts to schools and youth sports. She’s as likely to assist you in determining what city council district you’re in as helping you figure out what your magnet school options are or where to get the best burger!

For the last year, she’s been sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge about the area through her Instagram, @Experience_Raleigh, promoting local businesses, encouraging community engagement, and providing information and insight about various aspects of local life. She simply loves welcoming people to Raleigh and presenting all the many things that make this area such a great place to live.

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The New Neighbor project from Raleigh Convergence is the recipient of a Community Network grant from the Facebook Journalism Project and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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