MISSOULA – This fall, a student-led Neighborhood Ambassador Program will welcome University District student renters into their new neighborhood. The ambassador program, a part of the Associated Students of University of Montana, together with University District volunteers, will deliver 100 welcome bags to student-rented residences located in the University District neighborhood.
The bags contain important information for student renters, including information on renter rights and responsibilities, introductory door hangers to leave on their neighbors’ doors, Missoula City ordinances that pertain to their neighborhood, a “smart party” guide, and more.
“The welcome bags offer an opportunity for permanent residents to welcome UM students into the University District community, with the aim to start the academic year off on the right foot,” said Katherine Brady, ASUM program coordinator. “The goal of the new program is to help students realize that they are becoming a member of a community where people respect their neighbors and take pride in where they live.”
Brady said, similar programs throughout the country have had success in fostering positive university and neighborhood relations.
“The program encourages residents to bridge the gap between student renters and permanent residents from the get-go, and we are hoping that this will contribute to an improved quality of life for all residents,” she said.
UM faculty and staff members residing in the area are encouraged to participate in the bag distribution efforts. Welcome bags will be delivered to students Aug. 22-24. For more information call Brady at 406-243-2017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.