The city of Aurora in the US mid-western state of Illinois is seeking volunteers to serve on what officials believe is the state's first municipally-sponsored board aimed at helping promote Indian American culture.
The new-formed Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board is non-partisan, community-based panel that will promote civic engagement and community participation, says the newspaper Chicago Tribune.
Residents interested in volunteering do not have to be of the Indian American descent to serve but should demonstrate dedication to the city, work or own a business in Aurora, or be a member of a local community organisation that serves Aurora residents.
Mayor Tom Weisner had praised Aurora's Indian American leaders for their desire to become more involved in civic activities, the Chicago Tribune said. "We look forward to working with you," Weisner was quoted as saying.
The advisory board mission is to serve as a bridge between Indian Americans and all other communities in Aurora thought student exchange programes, visiting dignitaries, and cultural events. Krishna Bansal, a business owner in Aurora told the Chicago Tribune: "The new board will ensure Indian Americans and other ethnic communities feel at home in Aurora."