A Welcoming Sign Promotes Diversity
People in the Twin Cities may notice more signs popping up, but they aren't promoting political candidates.
The welcome signs are printed in three languages with the same message: No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor.
Pamela and Herb Eaton saw the design and concept for the signs when they visited their daughter in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The idea for the signs was created by a Mennonite minister who wanted to accept Syrian refugees coming to the area.
Pamela said she wanted to bring the idea back to Bloomington-Normal because the community was created based on diversity many years ago.
"I think it's important that when people come into older neighborhoods, especially like where I live in Dimmitt's Grove, they realize just because you may have a foreign last name or speak a different language, you in fact are welcome and we're glad you're our neighbor," said Eaton.
Eaton said the meaning behind the signs might have started with the refugees, but she feels it can go beyond political issues.
"If you want to make a change or want something to be positive, you need to participate. This is my way of participating in the community where I choose to live and own a business," said Eaton.
Pamela said proceeds from the $10 signs will go to the Western Avenue Community Center and the Dimmitt's Grove Neighborhood Association. Not In Our Town and Voices of Reason are collaborating with the DGNA in the effort. You can purchase a sign by contacting NIOTBLONO@gmail.com.
She said the signs could have an even greater impact if people spread word about them to friends and family across the country.