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Suggestions and Examples of Coalition Projects
|Submitted by April Nease Coalitions Coordinator
This is just a list of suggestions of projects and ideas for anti-drug coalitions. Each community is different and the coalition projects may vary from community to community.
booths at festivals, parade floats
sponsor tournaments – (soccer, softball, little leagues, etc)
open gymnasium nights
dances, bowling nights, street dances, drug-free night out
fun days for kids
dunking booth at festivals, etc.
after-prom and after-graduation safe
· BYOB-Bring your own blanket for teens and families—with movie and pizza on the courthouse square
· painting downtown mural with slogans from recovering addicts and from families of loved ones suffering from addiction
· softball tournament
· community flag football league
· after game activities
· fishing trip for “project” kids
· half time activities (giving out pamphlets, prizes, and drug education materials and tip line numbers on football schedules, contests in which kids can win prizes)
public service announcements on radio, local television, newspaper
flyers – disseminated in stores, doctors offices, store windows, events, etc.
local radio talk shows about projects and/or educational information on substance abuse
mailers- with bank statements, bills, checks
shopping bag inserts – pharmacies, grocery, etc.
tray liners at fast food
hanger covers at dry cleaners
schedule speakers for every coalition meeting
petitions about substance abuse, policy changes, etc.
distributing AA/NA/and self-help numbers on parked cars, etc.
distributing toll-free hotline numbers
article in local paper monthly documenting general information about addiction
“Pig-Out at the Park”-cookout with booth to give away materials and information.
Pamphlets detailing treatment/aftercare programs in the area to be distributed
· A Walk in the Dark around the city to bring attention to the drug problem—shining a light on the drug problem
· Listening Project – community forum to develop a plan
Family support/faith based:
support meetings – family, AA, NA, Hebron
drug testing kits
faith-based host sermons in church to address drug epidemic problem
events, such as cook-outs for families of addicts or for recovering addicts
· food pantry, basic needs provisions
· panel discussions, such as “Families in the Know (medical, treatment, family support, parents, recovered addicts)
youth programs and clubs in churches to address substance abuse
parenting for prevention classes
· Church Blitz – group of speakers visit all the churches in the area, during a specific time period, asking them to get involved in fighting drugs, working in coalitions, and giving them ideas on how to work in their specific communities.
· Crisis or treatment hotline
· “Adopt a drug court participant” local churches/ or coalition members to help provide transportation or any other needs that may arise
· work with local doctors and pharmacist to utilize KASPER (send letter requesting doctors to sign off that they will use KASPER, start a petition)
establish school programs to educate students on dangers of drug use
collaborate with education committee to provide factual, relevant information
disseminate treatment number throughout medical community