Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014

Volunteers sought for Cherokee Day of Caring

Jim Ed and Jesse Maney were selected from the Painttown Community to be beneficiaries at last year’s Cherokee Day of Caring.  Volunteers with Harrah’s Cherokee and tribal organizations constructed a handicap-accessible deck, painted the exterior of the house, and planted flowers around the yard.  (Harrah's Cherokee photo)

Jim Ed and Jesse Maney were selected from the Painttown Community to be beneficiaries at last year’s Cherokee Day of Caring. Volunteers with Harrah’s Cherokee and tribal organizations constructed a handicap-accessible deck, painted the exterior of the house, and planted flowers around the yard. (Harrah’s Cherokee photo)

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up now for the 10th Annual Cherokee Day of Caring, an all-day community service event being held on Thursday, May 15.

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, and the Office of the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are sponsoring the daylong event. Members of the EBCI and the community will help assist 10 families or individuals who have been nominated by their community clubs. Volunteers will lend a hand with painting, yard clean-up, gardening, and fix-it projects.  Last year, approximately 300 community members participated in the event.

No special skills are necessary in order to participate, but they would be valuable.  Community members who can help during the entire eight-hour period between 8am – 4pm are asked to call Tammy Jackson 554-6934.  Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort employees should call Janna Hyatt 497-8853. Tribal government employees wanting to participate should first consult with their supervisor and then contact Deb Owle 497-5550.

In addition, awards will be presented to 10 Quiet Heroes who have served their communities unselfishly as well as a Good Neighbor Award for someone who has significantly helped members of the EBCI but lives outside the EBCI communities.

Info: Deb Owle 497-5550

– Marilyn Ball on behalf of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation

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