CIRI in the Community

Summer Interns Visit Elders’ Housing Facility

On Friday, July 20, summer interns from Arctic Slope Regional Corp., CIRI, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and NANA Regional Corp. participated in a collaborative workshop at a Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) Elders’ housing facility.

The interns served the Elders breakfast, played bingo with them, helped in the garden and learned from CIRI Community Relations Manager Rachel Batres and Carol Gore, president and CEO of CIHA, about the importance of community service, corporate giving and philanthropy. As one Elder said, “This group has given me renewed faith in our youth.”

“One of CIRI’s five corporate values is Respect, which entails not only treating people with respect, but showing empathy and embracing the history and heritage of CIRI – its land, resources and people,” Batres said. “Our Elders are bearers of cultural knowledge; they pass on knowledge in ways that are compatible with traditional teachings and practices. When young people spend time volunteering with Elders, they benefit as much as the Elders do.”