CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
For years, Carl Junction had a program in place to welcome new residents.
“At its peak a few years ago, when the market was good for homes, there might be 30 (new residents) in the month during the summer season,” said Gary Stubblefield, executive director of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce.
When those involved in the volunteer effort were unable to manage it anymore, it fell by the wayside, but last week the Chamber announced that the program has been resurrected.
Carl Junction chamber student member Katie Smith restarted the program, which will provide every new homeowner with a tote bag full of items from chamber members in Carl Junction, Joplin and the surrounding area.
“You know, these are people who are new to town, they may not know what we have to offer. They may move in and need new carpeting, or carpet cleaning, or need to know where to find a florist,” Stubblefield said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get to know the businesses that invest in our community and make a first impression.”
Smith said she also will include pamphlets and flyers about local civic groups, volunteer opportunities and community organizations that new residents may wish to join.
“You want them to know where they can get involved, like the mentoring program at school, gardening club, etc.,” Stubblefield said.
In preparing the tote bags, Smith said she is seeking coupons and other freebies — merchandise, imprinted items, calendars and so on — from Chamber members.
Smith estimates the program will average 10 totes per month in the beginning. She and fellow chamber member Cindy Sundy plan to deliver the first batch of gifts this week.
Want to help?
People who wish to participate in the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce Welcome Club can drop off items at the Chamber office or at Carl Junction City Hall, both located in the Community Center at 303 N. Main St.