Puyallup Tribe awards more than $350,000 to local charities

Puyallup Tribe awards more than $350,000 to local charities

The Puyallup Tribe has awarded 42 local organizations a combined $354,767 through the Tribe’s Charity Trust Board. Representatives of more than 40 nonprofit and charitable organizations gathered on Dec. 13 at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma, where members of the Puyallup Tribal Council greeted them and thanked them for their work.

“This is a really good thing for us. It fills our hearts, our spirits, with a lot of love knowing that we can help people in this community. We so appreciate you guys being here today,” said Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller.

The third-quarter donations of 2022 are funded from Emerald Queen Casino revenue as part of an agreement with the state of Washington that includes additional contributions for smoking cessation and problem gambling programs, and for impact costs paid to local governments for such things as fire and police services.

The Puyallup Tribe has donated over $17 million to hundreds of local organizations through its Charity Trust Board over the past 10 years. The Puyallup Tribal Council has donated millions more out of its own budget to help community organizations ranging from Rotary Club to Communities for a Healthy Bay.

“Congratulations, and thank you for your great work in the community!” the Puyallup Tribal Council said.

Casino operations are also the single biggest revenue source for the Puyallup Tribe’s government. They pay for comprehensive services to the Tribe’s Membership, including children’s services, housing, educational support, emergency assistance and funeral services. In the past two years, the Tribe has embarked on an ambitious economic diversification program that will not only strengthen its economic base to bring security for future generations but bring more jobs to the region.

Each quarter, qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply for the donation with preference given to projects that demonstrate benefits or services to Natives as part of their service population. Learn more about the Charity Trust Board and how to apply for a grant here: http://www.puyallup-tribe.com/charitytrustboard/

The Charitable Trust Board has awarded donations to the follow organizations:

Aliyah’s Bill

Agriculture & Forestry Education Foundation

Allen African American Methodist Episcopal Church

Arts Corps

Ascend Gymnastics Booster

Battlefield Addiction

Carol Milgard Breast Center

Communities in Schools of Tacoma

Congregations for the Homeless

Crazy Faith Outreach

Deschutes Rugby Club

Diabetes Association of Pierce County

Fife Junior Football & Cheer

Fife Public Schools Native American Education Program

Foundation for Edmonds School District

Friends of Pediatrics Northwest

Graham Kapowsin Senior Center/Community Council

Greentrike (formerly Children’s Museum of Tacoma)

Mi Casa

Native American Church Qua-Utz of North America

Northwest Furniture Bank

Pierce Center for Arts and Technology

Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution

Save Our Water Tower

School’s Out Washington

Seattle Repertory Theatre

Sharenet Food Bank

Sidewalk Rescue

St. Cecilia Catholic Church for Knights of Columbus

Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity

Tacoma Youth Chorus

Tavon Learning Center

The Daffodil Festival

The Evergreen State College Foundation

The TEARS Foundation

Thomas Jefferson Raider Parent Movement

Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska Washington Chapter

Washington School Principals Education Foundation/DBA Cispus

Washington State Chaplains Foundation

Wellspring Family Services

Yakama Warriors Association

Young Business Men of Washington

Go to this news post to see photos from the event