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Moving to Raleigh or Wake County?

Ready to move from newcomer to engaged resident of Cary, Knightdale or Southeast Raleigh?

Enter The New Neighbor Project. It’s a new way local community journalism startup 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 a guide to your new community delivered to your inbox, 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, which include what’s going on now, from public meetings to fun events.


The New Neighbor Project will also connect you with existing neighbors and the corresponding community ambassador through Facebook Group discussions and in-person events.

Because let’s be honest — how tough is it to make friends as an adult?

(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

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: Corey Kaminski

Corey is a Raleigh native with over 10 years of non-profit, real estate and restaurant hospitality experience in the Triangle. After attending UNC-Wilmington, Corey returned to Raleigh to work for The Glenwood Agency running their website and partnering with downtown Raleigh businesses to promote all the fun new happenings in the area. 

She has volunteered for countless non-profit organizations, including the City of Raleigh Museum, American Heart Association, the Downtown Raleigh Advocates and Change the Triangle. Corey also worked for Lennar Homes as their digital marketing specialist, helping potential homeowners find their dream home through their website, social media channels and on-site events. 

She currently works for Tabletop Media Group as their Director of Sales & Marketing, helping restaurants and local businesses grow their business through social media and public relations. Corey and her husband, Joe, recently welcomed a daughter, Harper, into their family. They enjoy attending Raleigh food, music and art festivals, as well as exploring the Greenway with their two dogs, Sandy and Bailey. Corey is excited to meet new Raleigh residents and help them to explore her hometown!

More about The New Neighbor Project:

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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