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Mission

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.

Vision

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:

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).

Goals

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.

Members

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

Youth:

Alleyna Pitaso, WSPS Student

Haley Riddles, WSPS Student

Devin Svec, WSPS Student

Parents:

Chief William Flaherty, West Springfield Parent

Business:

John Weiss, President, Ormsby Insurance

Media

Ray Hershel, retired broadcast journalist, 50-years experience reporting in Western MA

Schools

Michael Richard, Superintendent, West Springfield Public Schools

Youth Serving Organizations

Dan D'Angelo, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield

Law Enforcement

Robert Duffy, Chief of Police, West Springfield Police Department

Civic/Volunteer Organizations

James Sherbo, President, West Springfield Lions Club

Religious/Fraternal Organizations

Rev. Rob Hill, Senior Pastor, West Springfield Covenant Community Church

Healthcare Professionals

Mary Allen, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, West Springfield Health Department

State/Local/Tribal Government

Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney

Substance Abuse Organization

Kirk Jonah, President, Jack Jonah Foundation

Coalition Staff

Program Director

Christine Beaumont, MSN, RN, NCSN, Director of Health Services, West Springfield Public Schools

Coalition Coordinator

Nikki Lewis, MPH