Provo will connect residents with 15 organizations to help refugees at information night

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BYU grad Hayley Smith founded Lifting Hands International after volunteering at a refugee camp and seeing firsthand what refugees are most in need of.

BYU grad Hayley Smith founded Lifting Hands International after volunteering at a refugee camp and seeing firsthand what refugees are most in need of. Her organization is one of many refugee help organizations with Utah County ties.

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Refugee Information Night

When: May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 450 N. 1220 West in Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook event

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When Provo city noted the desire of Utah County residents to help refugees and others in their communities, the city decided to host an event that will provide information and resources to those looking for a way to serve.

On May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Provo city will host a Refugee Information Night at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 450 N. 1220 West in Provo.

Even though there are not many political refugees in the area, many immigrants call Utah County home. In Utah County there are 38,000 first-generation immigrants, 28,000 illiterate adults and 72,000 individuals in poverty, including 23,000 children living below the poverty line, according to Community Action Partnership of Utah.

The Refugee Information Night, hosted by Provo City in conjunction with Community Action Services and Food Bank, United Way of Utah County and Centro Hispano, will provide suggestions on how residents of Utah County can donate their time and resources to help their neighbors.

John Curtis, mayor of Provo City, will speak at the event. The event will give attendees the opportunity to connect with 15 local organizations who provide aid to Utah County Residents.

More information about the event can be found on a Facebook event page.

For a list of five organizations you can work with to help refugees near and far, click here.

UTV360-DailyFeature-April20

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Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, UtahValley360.com and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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