Employee volunteers from Cherokee Nation Businesses clear trash and debris from alongside local roadways in Catoosa.
Employee volunteers aid in state’s largest cleanup event
Published April 24, 2016
CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA — Employees from Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Entertainment are once again celebrating the spring season by volunteering in a statewide initiative to make Oklahoma cleaner, greener and more beautiful.
Joining Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for the 28th annual Trash-OFF, employees from the tribe’s corporate and entertainment properties are clearing trash and debris from alongside local roadways.
Trash-OFF is Oklahoma’s signature event in the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. Each spring, Trash-OFF brings together thousands of volunteers working to improve the state’s appearance and the safety of its roads.
Employee volunteers from Cherokee Casino Sallisaw clear trash and debris from alongside local roadways in Sallisaw.
The official Trash-OFF cleanup day was Saturday, April 23, but the annual effort is held from March 1 through May 31. CNB and CNE employees are volunteering throughout the month of April and May.
“The Trash-OFF is a great way to unite communities and show pride in Oklahoma,” said Melody Johnson, ODOT Beautification coordinator. “We are fortunate to have so many caring people pitch in to keep our land grand.”
The continual effort to make Oklahoma roads cleaner and safer for motorists is part of a longstanding partnership between CNB and ODOT.
CNB’S involvement with cleanup projects, such as Trash-OFF and the Adopt-A-Highway program, are coordinated through the company’s Community Impact Team, which helps promote volunteerism and community engagement for all employees.
“We live in such a beautiful part of this country. It is an honor to be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the 2-mile stretch of Highway 59 South, near our casino,” said Amber Nelson, marketing manager, Cherokee Casino Sallisaw. “Many of our team members drive that route every day and feel proud each time they see the Adopt-A-Highway sign with our name on it.”
In an effort to beautify local communities, CNB and CNE have additional cleanup days scheduled throughout the year. All eight of CNE’s Cherokee Casinos and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa have separate CIT teams that also participate in ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program.