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Tulsa Regional Chamber honored by Voices for National Service

Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages can serve and volunteer in their community, has presented the Tulsa Regional Chamber with its Corporate Service Award.
Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Chamber, accepted the award during the 16th Annual Friends of National Service Awards in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 2019.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber joined a bipartisan group of distinguished leaders in government, business, and journalism from across the nation being honored, including United States Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Jack Reed (D-RI), New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and First Lady Valerie Sununu, and Mark Donovan, President of the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Each year, the Tulsa Regional Chamber convenes its members to develop the OneVoice Agenda, which lays out the region’s legislative priorities,” said AnnMaura Connolly, president, Voices for National Service. “For the past two years, funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service – the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps – has been the Chamber’s number one federal priority in the area of education. Voices for National Service is honored to present our Corporate Service Award to the Tulsa Regional Chamber for helping to position national service as a viable policy solution to tackle unmet needs, expand opportunity and leverage social capital.”
“In order for all of our students to succeed, the education system must provide the academic support and encouragement at-risk children need to thrive,” said Neal in accepting the award.
“We have some extraordinary AmeriCorps programs in Tulsa, including City Year, Teach For America and Reading Partners,” Neal added. “These programs bring additional human capital and resources into our schools, and they are helping to increase reading and math achievement, improve school attendance and behavior, and increase access to college and careers. National service also creates a vital pipeline into the teaching profession, and many AmeriCorps alumni are deciding to stay in the region and teach at our local schools after their year of voluntary service concludes. The members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber believe national service is a cost effective strategy to help address local needs, and it is making a big difference in our region. We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from Voices for National Service.”
City Year Tulsa nominated the Tulsa Regional Chamber for this recognition. City Year Tulsa Vice President and Executive Director Paul Davis is active in the Chamber’s OneVoice process.

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