Chambana Welcome Crew

A community ambassador program to recruit and welcome new residents to the Champaign-Urbana area.

WHAT IS CHAMBANA WELCOME CREW?

Chambana Welcome Crew is a program designed to help new and potential Champaign-Urbana area residents navigate their new home, connecting newcomers to one of our knowledgeable Ambassadors serving as a community champion who can authentically share their stories about living and working here.

CONNECT TO AN AMBASSADOR

We get it – moving to a new community can be intimidating. Let us make it easier for you! When you’re ready, complete an application to get connected with an Ambassador and they’ll help you navigate your new home.

How does it work?
Once you fill out the quick and easy form, the CWC Team will connect you to an Ambassador (of your choosing and/or best match based on shared interests). Your Ambassador will send you a note so you can find the perfect time to connect, either in-person or virtually.

What to expect – engagements with your Ambassador could include:
– Attending local events
– Getting recommendations on things to do, restaurants, shops, parks, etc. based on your interests
– Networking events with others in the Chambana Welcome Crew program and Ambassadors
– Regular check-ins for the first year of residence in our community (to be established based on your needs and comfort level)

Ambassadors have a strong network and knowledge of the Champaign-Urbana area and stand ready to answer questions, share experiences, and ensure a smooth transition into our community.

GET CONNECTED.

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

Our Ambassadors stand ready to help you as you navigate your new home. From life-long townies to University of Illinois grads to recruited residents and trailing partners, you’ll find a mix of experiences and interests among our crew of Ambassadors so you can get an authentic view of what it’s like to live and work in the Champaign-Urbana area.

MEET OUR CREW OF AMBASSADORS.

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR

Connect with new and potential residents to answer questions, share experiences, and ensure a smooth transition into our area.

Chambana Welcome Crew seeks a diverse set of Ambassadors who reflect all demographics in our community, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Ambassadors will receive support for their role in recruiting and welcoming new residents.

Are you passionate about the Champaign-Urbana area and ready to share your knowledge and make connections?

APPLY TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR. 

PARTNERS

Chambana Welcome Crew is a joint collaboration between You’re Welcome CU (Champaign County Economic Development Corporation), Visit Champaign County, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Dual Career Program.

Have questions or want to learn more about the program and how it works? Contact us at cwc@champaigncountyedc.org!

Leadership Team

Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director – Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement – Visit Champaign County

Dana Cohen, Assistant Director – Dual Career Program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign