Pulaski County Tribe welcoming new residents with their new 'Warm Welcome Project' baskets

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ind. -- A non-profit organization from Pulaski County making a difference in the community.

It all started with a couple on a road trip who came up with an idea to foster change in their community.

That idea was eventually implemented in Pulaski County where it was successful in increasing community involvement.

“There’s three things we can do, we can complain, we can ignore it or we can try to do something about it. And we decided we wanted to do something about it,” said Brandi Larkin, founder of Pulaski County Tribe.

And, that’s how the Pulaski County Tribe came to be.

The creation of a social media post lead to a Facebook page dedicated to listing volunteering opportunities, upcoming events in the community, and project updates.

It was a way of helping Pulaski residents connect with one another.

The goal of the organization is to make Pulaski County an attractive place to visit as well as a great place to live.

The non-profit focuses on collaborating with businesses, community members, property owners, local organizations, investors and key stakeholders to create new opportunities for the community as a whole.

“Pulaski County Tribe is just a group of people brought together by the common characteristics of valuing Pulaski county. We want to enhance the quality of life here for the residents and guests alike,” Larkin said.

One way they are doing that is by welcoming new residents of Pulaski County with a basket of goodies.

The Pulaski County Tribune received $3,500 in grants from the Community Foundation of Pulaski County to help launch the ‘Warm Welcome Package Project’.

So far, they have delivered ten baskets to new residents.

In those personalized baskets of goodies, you’ll find a variety of items from local businesses, organizations, bakers, community members and even informational flyers, local menus, discounts, sample products, and more.

The non-profit has partnered with local realtors so people can sign up to receive a basket when they move to the area.

Tribe volunteers then package them up and coordinate a delivery date to meet and greet their new neighbors.

“We also asked if there’s anything that we can help acclimate to in Pulaski County. You know, you just moved here, we do want to let you know about the great things here but maybe something that you're looking for isn’t in there, so we try to answer those questions to them when we meet them and offer a continued connection if they have any questions or need anything. Just being friendly neighbors,” Larkin said.

For more information about how you can get involved, you can click here.

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