We are living in one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. While we continue to battle the spread of COVID-19, we are watching countless numbers of people take to the streets to speak out against ongoing social injustices in our country. Over the past several weeks, Penn National Gaming’s leadership team has been listening, learning, and planning how we will respond, knowing that it’s important that our actions are not just words.
This year, as we join in the celebration of Juneteenth, a day commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation, Penn National Gaming is proud to announce that we will be committing at least $1 million annually to support the following diversity initiatives:
- Creation of a scholarship fund to help our underrepresented Team Members and their children pursue higher education, as well as increasing our recruitment efforts and support of Historic Black Colleges and Universities.
- Support organizations in our communities promoting equality and justice, and continue our culture of giving by encouraging our team members to donate their time and energy to help support the change needed in their communities.
- Increase the number of minority business networking events we host each year. In 2019 we spent approximately $100 million on goods and services with minority-owned businesses and we are committed to the growth of these organizations.
We are in the process of forming a Diversity Committee comprised of Team Members at various levels and locations throughout our organization to ensure we continue to listen and learn and to help guide our additional steps to support diversity initiatives. We are dedicated to being an employer where all Team Members can succeed and grow by fostering an environment of respect, empathy and equal opportunity. We have always believed that actions speak louder than any words and we look forward to sharing the progress that we make through our actions.