New Neighbor Welcome Package

New Neighbor Welcome Package

Families and individuals who move to the Independence area may be eligible to receive a Welcome Package containing items donated by chamber member businesses.

To qualify for the Welcome Package

Danni Gearhart
New Independence resident receiving a Welcome Package
  • New resident must not have rented or owned in the area for the past 3 years
  • New resident must own a home in the Independence area or be listed on a rental lease/agreement
  • New resident must fill out a New Neighbor Welcome Form and submit it to the Chamber office
  • Can only receive the Welcome Package once

Click here to apply for a Welcome Package

I want to thank you and the participating businesses so much for the very nice welcome package that Kathy delivered last Thursday! What a surprise to see someone at the door with such beautiful flowers! They still look as lovely as they did when they were delivered! There were so many interesting things to look through and such nice gifts that were very unexpected! Hopefully, I’ll be able to thank each of the businesses
individually but if you have a way of letting them know our appreciation, that would be great!

Thanks again and we are loving our new home here in Indee! You made it that much more special by reaching out to us and making us feel even more welcome!

Your new residents,
Bob and Sandy M.

How can I donate items from my business to the Welcome Package?

We are always looking for more items to include to our new residents in town. In order to be eligible your business must be a chamber member. Please contact the Chamber office at 319-334-7178 or indycommerce@indytel.com to become a member or arrange any donated items.

Can I help distribute the Welcome Packages to New Residents?

Yes! Please contact us to volunteer.

History of the New Neighbor Welcome Package

The most recent revitalization of the Independence “Welcome Wagon” came in 2010 when Absolutely Indee volunteers made the decision to organize what is now known as the New Neighbor Welcome Package. The packages consist of donated items from area businesses and are delivered by an all-volunteer crew.

  • Our volunteers have delivered over 180 New Neighbor Welcome Packages since September 2010
  • We have welcomed over 331 adults and 180 children
  • Most new residents cite “Job” and “Family” as the main reasons for their relocation to Independence

We wanted to thank you and all of the Absolutely Indee folks for the most generous welcome sack of goodides. The BrewBQ tickets were perfect…as you might recall, we had 11 house guests that weekend, and the tickets let us enjoy the first-rate music and wonderful food just that much more. Attending one of the Friday Night Live concerts was a family highlight of the summer – we look forward to going to more next year. I’m making a mental note of where I’m stashing the 4th of July tickets 🙂 ! We are so glad to be in Independence; we look forward to paying the warm welcome we’ve received forward to others as we put down roots here in Independence!

With Warm Regards,
Darla, David, Jenna & Cara