Get Involved in Local Community Coalitions

Published: Nov. 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM EST
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LRADAC works with local coalitions that engage community members to develop strategies aimed at reducing substance abuse in our communities. Below is information about 6 area coalitions that serve the Midlands communities.

Lexington One Community Coalition's mission is to empower each young person, family and member of our community to prevent underage use of and access to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through collaboration, education and awareness. Ongoing activities include LOCC Clubs in the high schools belonging to Lexington District One and creating business covenants signed by local businesses that pledge to partner with LOCC in reducing underage substance use in the community

LOCC's steering committee meets on the first Tuesday of every other month. The next meeting is January 10, 2012. To learn more information, contact:

Ashley Wierzbicki, MSW

The mission of the Reconnecting Communities Coalition in Richland Two is to continually build and strengthen neighborhood, school and community relationships, recognizing that each plays a vital role in the health and well-being of all. Our coalition focuses on many topics, including reducing and preventing substance abuse among its youth.

Reconnecting Communities Coalition meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6-7pm in the Richland School District Two Conference Center. For more information, contact:

Eunika Simons, MSW

The Lexington County CAST DUI Task Force was developed in November of 2010 to reduce and prevent DUI car crashes in Lexington County. The task force includes a wide range of community partners including law enforcement, educators, prevention professionals, and other community stakeholders.

The task force is open to all in the community and meets bi-monthly. The next Lexington County CAST DUI Task Force meeting is scheduled for December 15th at 9am, location TBD. For additional information, contact:

Caroline L. Humphries, LMSW

The Richland One Community Coalition's mission is to mobilize the community to address the underlying conditions of substance abuse and other high risk behaviors among youth through community

awareness, concern and action. Recent initiatives include a social marketing campaign addressing substance abuse and high-risk behaviors among youth, youth leadership development with students to promote drug free prevention initiatives in their school and surrounding community, and the development of Business Covenants with local business owners who are committed to reducing underage access to alcohol and tobacco.

ROCC meets bi-monthly at the Lyon Street Teleconference Center. The next meeting is on December 12th 11am-12:30pm. For more information, contact:

Felicia N. Brown, MPH

The Lexington Two Community Coalition serves to collaborate with all community sectors to develop local solutions that will improve quality of life and create safe, drug free communities. Our coalition serves the Lexington Two School District area including Cayce, West Columbia, Springdale, Pine Ridge and South Congaree.

Rise Above It! meets on the 4th Thursday of the month, from 4:00-5:00pm, at the West Columbia City Hall. For more information, contact:

Rhonda DiNovo, MSW, CPP

The Community Roundtable encourages and enables the entire community to promote positive youth development by engaging community partners. The coalition exists to discuss, coordinate and be a catalyst for initiatives that strengthen families and improve the well-being of youth in our community. Recent initiatives include a social norms campaign and limiting youth access to substances.

For more information, contact:

Mark Boone

The Community Roundtable of Irmo, Dutch Fork and Chapin

Rise Above It! Lexington Two Community Coalition

Richland One Community Coalition

Lexington County CAST DUI Task Force

Reconnecting Communities Coalition in Richland Two

Lexington One Community Coalition