Cherokee Nation pledges $25K to United Way

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/04/2020 11:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation officials and Cherokee Nation Businesses representatives present a check for $25,000 to Tulsa Area United Way leadership. From left to right are Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner; Alison Anthony, president and CEO of Tulsa Area United Way; Amy McCarter, community relations manager for CNB; and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. COURTESY
TULSA – Officials from the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses presented a $25,000 check to the Tulsa Area United Way to help kick off the agency’s 2021 campaign.

Through annual contributions and employee volunteers, the tribe has supported the nonprofit organization’s mission to improve lives and build a stronger community since 2013, officials said.

In October, the TAUW announced the next three year’s new campaign chairs and a shared goal of renewing stability, volunteerism and philanthropy throughout local communities, especially during the unprecedented times created by COVID-19, officials said.

“Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses have long embraced a shared vision with the Tulsa Area United Way of working together to improve lives and strengthen our communities,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The COVID-19 crisis has magnified the need for robust collaboration and support of local nonprofits. We are honored to be able to continue reinvesting in our communities and working alongside so many great partners to ensure Oklahoma remains strong and its citizens continue to flourish.”

TAUW works to advance the common good by building a better quality of life through education, financial stability and health and safety. Annually, TAUW serves thousands of individuals through partnering agencies located throughout Tulsa, Rogers, Creek, Okmulgee and Wagoner counties.

“We are so grateful for this generous contribution from the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses,” TAUW President and CEO Alison Anthony said. “We have all worked together this year to help those in need due to COVID-19-related hardships, from helping people stay in their homes who would otherwise be facing eviction to ensuring kids have the technology they need to thrive in a virtual school setting. Cherokee Nation and CNB have been great partners in this community.”

Through its Community Impact Team, a companywide initiative dedicated to helping promote volunteerism and community engagement, CNB employees volunteer with agencies throughout northeast Oklahoma. Tribal and business employees provide financial support through sponsorships, in-kind contributions and volunteer service hours throughout the year.

In the past 96 years, the United Way has invested more than $825 million in services and helped fulfill the needs of millions of area individuals. TAUW aims to raise more than $23 million during its 2021 campaign.

“As a company, we prioritize our role as an outstanding community partner and continually work to create a positive and lasting impact for northeast Oklahoma,” CNB CEO Chuck Garrett said. “We are especially proud during these uniquely difficult times to continue supporting our neighbors in need through our longtime partnership with the Tulsa Area United Way.”

CNB owns companies in the gaming, consulting, health sciences, hospitality, real estate, technology, distribution and logistics, engineering, manufacturing, construction and environmental services industries.

For information about the TAUW, visit www.tauw.com.

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