The Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Office of the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort are once again sponsoring the annual Cherokee Day of Caring, an all-day community service event, and it will take place on Thursday, May 16. Volunteers are encouraged to make a call and sign up now.
Since the first Cherokee Day of Caring in 2005, over 1,200 volunteers have helped 88 families in need nominated by their community clubs, lending a hand with painting, yard clean-up, gardening, and fix-it projects. No special skills are necessary in order to participate, but they are valuable.
Anyone who can help during the entire eight-hour period between 8am – 4pm is urged to call in advance. Harrah’s employees who would like to volunteer should contact Janna Hyatt at 497-8853. Tribal government employees who want to participate should consult first with their supervisor and then contact Ashleigh Brown at 497-7000. Everyone else should contact Deb Owle at Cherokee Preservation Foundation 497-5550.
Other features of the Cherokee Day of Caring will be the honoring of ten Quiet Heroes who have served their communities unselfishly and a Good Neighbor who has significantly helped members of the EBCI, but who does not live in one of the EBCI communities.
– Cherokee Preservation Foundation