Through our collective voices, leadership expertise and resources, we will provide education and prevention efforts to address and eliminate underage alcohol and substance use and promote safe, healthy lifestyle choices.
Substance-free youth in West Springfield, MA
Who We Are
The West Springfield CARE Coalition is made up of dedicated local stakeholders, working together to support our community by reducing youth substance use and promoting healthy lifestyle choices and protective factors among youth and young adults in West Springfield.
Our 12 diverse sectors include:
The CARE Coalition is supported by a five-year, federal grant through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, awarded in 2018. Since the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, the DFC Support Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the nation, under the two goals:
- Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
- Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Read more about community coalitions fighting substance use from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
We are committed to developing and implementing effective, evidence-based environmental strategies to reduce teen alcohol and substance use, while enlisting community support to create a culture of accountability and responsibility, and sustainable, community-wide change. Coalition initiatives will be led by community data and input to ensure that our work is uniquely tailored to the changing needs of West Springfield.
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. We are always looking to grow, so if you are interested in getting involved or supporting the CARE Coalition in any way, please let us know!
West Springfield CARE Coalition
Steering Committee Sector Representatives
Alleyna Pitaso, WSPS Student
Haley Riddles, WSPS Student
Devin Svec, WSPS Student
Chief William Flaherty, West Springfield Parent
John Weiss, President, Ormsby Insurance
Ray Hershel, retired broadcast journalist, 50-years experience reporting in Western MA
Michael Richard, Superintendent, West Springfield Public Schools
Youth Serving Organizations
Dan D'Angelo, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield
Robert Duffy, Chief of Police, West Springfield Police Department
James Sherbo, President, West Springfield Lions Club
Rev. Rob Hill, Senior Pastor, West Springfield Covenant Community Church
Mary Allen, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, West Springfield Health Department
Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney
Substance Abuse Organization
Kirk Jonah, President, Jack Jonah Foundation
Christine Beaumont, MSN, RN, NCSN, Director of Health Services, West Springfield Public Schools
Nikki Lewis, MPH