Thursday, March 31, 2016

Parenting Center Gets $500 Donation

The Cherokee Nation recently donated $500 to the Pervasive Parenting Center to help with training. At the presentation are, from the left, Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Pervasive Parenting Center Director Kodey Toney, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

The Cherokee Nation recently donated $500 to the nonprofit organization Pervasive Parenting Center to help with local trainings. The organization, based in Panama, provides assistance to families in eastern Oklahoma affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.

Kodey Toney, Pervasive Parenting Center Director, founded the organization in 2014. As a father of a child with autism, he wanted to create a network of support for other families facing similar challenges.

“We are thankful for the Cherokee Nation assisting us in helping the families in this area of Oklahoma,” said Toney. “We know the resources here are limited and what is available most people don’t know about, so we are working with great partners, like Cherokee Nation, to help bring trainings and resources into the area. The funding will go a long way in our efforts.”

In 2015, Pervasive Parenting Center helped more than 300 families through its efforts.

“The impact made by Kodey and the Pervasive Parenting Center in the surrounding communities is truly remarkable,” said Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner of Sallisaw. “The Cherokee Nation has a long history of partnering with nonprofit organizations that are making our communities stronger and more cohesive, which makes giving the Pervasive Parenting Center financial support a no-brainer.”

The Cherokee Nation donated the money from the tribe’s special projects fund.

“We are proud to support and partner with the Pervasive Parenting Center, because its mission is to help area families who live day in and day out with children who struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities. Sadly, national research shows that one in every 68 children will be diagnosed with some form of autism,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “This organization was created to raise awareness of this growing issue and provide parents in northeast Oklahoma the tools and the support network they need to help their children who suffer from these types of debilitating disorders.”

Donations made from the tribe’s special projects fund are selected by the Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities or organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.

For more information on the Pervasive Parenting Center, visit

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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