History of the Hardwick Area Community Coalition
After many years of noticing prescription drug abuse as well as other drug abuse happening in our community, in December of 2002, Larry Renaud, a community member and pharmacist at Brooks, called a public meeting to address these destructive issues. Over 100 people attended that first meeting, with a core group of community members volunteering to do more.
As a result, the Hardwick Area Community Coalition was created. We were fortunate to get scholarships to allow us to attend various trainings on building an effective drug prevention organization. Larry Renaud, Mary Wheeler, Karen Gates, Jim Tousant, and Johanna Rawson were the original members who volunteered their time to attend these trainings. From these trainings they brought back information to the community and worked to get community leadership support. Jim Dziobek, the Chief of Police at that time, saw the connections between crime and alcohol and drug abuse and became an active supporter, as did other community leaders.
From our beginnings as concerned community residents, we reached out to include all members of our community: law enforcement, religious community, youth, schools, the business community, civic organizations, social service agencies, state government, local government, essentially anyone concerned about the quality of life in our community and helping youth make healthy decisions.
We developed into a Coalition: a group of individuals and organizations working together in order to achieve a common goal - in our case the HACC vision of a health conscious community with a healthy self-image that improves the quality of life for our citizens and provides a prosperous arena for business.
To realize this vision, the Hardwick Area Community Coalition focuses our mission on reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by changing the norms within our communities and delaying the onset of first use of these substances by youth.
We received a grant from the State Of Vermont Department of Health during the summer of 2004, which allowed us to hire our first, part-time Coordinator. We have continued to receive support from the State as well as the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to further our work. We now have funding to support a staff of 4, as well as an office in Hardwick.
Membership to the Hardwick Area Community Coalition is inclusive to allow all residents of our seven towns to join together to endorse the HACC mission and its efforts. Members are valued resources adding diversity and adding expertise within the coalition. Members will provide direction and insight to the Coalition staff, Board of Directors and other members of the Coalition.
Thanks for your interest in membership of the Hardwick Area Community Coalition. We look forward to working with you.
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Vision: The HACC vision is a health conscious community with a healthy self image that improves the quality of life for all citizens and provides a prosperous arena for business.
Mission: The mission of the Hardwick Area Community Coalition is to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by changing the norms within our communities and delaying the onset of first use of these substances by youth in the communities of the OSSU. We will accomplish this by working together through the coordination of our resources to:
• Change community norms that impact the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
• Support youth through their ongoing relationships with caring adults
• Promote substance free environments, structured activities and effective education
• Increase essential community support by efforts to incorporate, validate and respect diverse groups in reaching toward the common goal of healthy, drug-free communities.
• Acknowledge and respect the strengths and resources intrinsic in diverse groups.
• Bridge differences in ways of life within the OSSU and its surrounding towns in order to encourage community wide participation in HACC activities.
Updated August 2009
1. Continuing to support the efforts of the Hardwick Area Community Coalition to reduce alcohol and substance use among our youth;
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Sectors Represented (Circle or check all that apply):
Youth Parent Business Community Agriculture
Media Youth Serving Organization School Civic/Volunteer
Government Law Enforcement Religious/Fraternal Organization Healthcare Professional
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Please write I (interest) or E (Experience/skill) in front of the items that apply.
____Organizing ____Fundraising ____Research ____Strategic Planning ____Program Development ____Youth Activities ____Event Planning ____Marketing/Advertising ____Tobacco Prevention __Alcohol Prevention ____Social Norms ___Drug Abuse Prevention
____Laws/Regulations ____Alcohol and Drug Treatment ____Board of Directors
____Evaluation ____Accounting Other________________________________
_____ I am available to participate in the capacity building* activities of the Hardwick Area Community Coalition, including monthly meetings and events.
_____ I am not able to make the monthly meetings, but can be available by phone for consultation.