Tahlequah Daily Press

October 4, 2013

Tahlequah BEST works to improve community


TAHLEQUAH — Those wishing to make a positive impact in Tahlequah have several organizations from which to choose, and one to consider is Tahlequah BEST - an acronym for Bringing Everyone’s Strength Together.

“Currently, we are focused on prevention of underage drinking, drug abuse and tobacco use,” said Val Dobbins of BEST. “We are one of four coalitions funded through the Community Transformation Grant awarded to the Cherokee Nation.”

BEST states its mission as bringing together different people and facets of the Tahlequah community to work toward a safe, healthy and drug free community.

The organization lists its purposes as engaging community partners in common goals, fostering awareness of local resources, promoting communication and collaboration within the community and addressing its unmet needs.

Membership is open to all wishing to support the Tahlequah community. BEST says its members are students, parents, media, youth organizations, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, healthcare professionals, businesses, and government at the local, state and tribal levels.

Those interested in membership with BEST can call Val Dobbins or Jodi Gates of Tahlequah Public Schools at (918) 458-4130.