Through our collective voices, leadership expertise and resources, we will provide education, intervention and prevention efforts to address and reduce underage alcohol and substance abuse, while promoting safe, healthy lifestyle choices.
What is a Community Coalition?
Community coalitions work together to make their communities better. Coalitions are diverse and made up of:
- Youth serving organizations
- Local law enforcement
- Religious organizations
- Volunteer groups
- Healthcare professionals
- State agencies
Read more about community coalitions fighting substance use from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
We are committed to developing and implementing educational initiatives and strategies to reduce teen alcohol and substance abuse, while enlisting community support to create a culture of accountability and responsibility. This is our shared responsibility we CARE.
The coalition’s efforts will be focused on creating change, launching a carefully crafted media campaign, offering community forums and parent/family programs on underage alcohol and substance abuse, and collecting data from youth and parents to increase our effectiveness.
The CARE Coalition is comprised of individuals from all sectors of the community, including municipal, school, youth, law enforcement, business, civic, health care, faith, youth, and social service agencies, local government, media, and parents.
Everyone in the community - including young adults, parents, educators, professionals and people who live, work of attend school in West Springfield - plays an integral role in making West Springfield safer, healthier, and drug-free.