Patti’s Aug. 30 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

New Gloucester resident Ruth York assembles packets for the Welcome, Neighbor project in April 2017. New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups are invited to donate 100 items, such as business cards or brochures, to be inserted in the packets being given to new residents. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Welcome, Neighbor provides orientation

Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project. It was developed to welcome new residents to New Gloucester by providing a packet of information to assist in their transition and encourage them to shop and support locally.

Only New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups will have the opportunity to include items, such as business cards, brochures or other promotional materials, in the 100 packets to be assembled. There’s no charge or obligation to participate.

To participate, drop off 100-count of your item to the New Gloucester Town Office by Sept. 30. For more information, or to volunteer to help assemble the packets, call Beth at 650-5228.

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