UNITE! WASHOUGAL NEWSLETTER
2020 Fall Edition
Unite! Washougal Youth Receives State Prevention Award!!!!
Amara Farah, a senior at Washougal High School was awarded the Washington State 2020 Prevention Award of Excellence in Youth Leadership this September. Amara has been engaged in prevention efforts in her volunteer work with Unite! Washougal for nearly 7 years.
Her contributions and dedication to promoting healthy living have provided many activities for
our community. Amara is on several Unite! Teams and even is the co-lead for our Community Beautification team and is an important voice on our Unite! Leadership team and Positive Community Norms team.
She has led and contributed to efforts for a statewide policy change that protect youth and has helped to create a more inclusive and nurturing environment for all Washougal residents. Please join us in congratulating Amara on this wonderful achievement!
Our youth team has created a community recognition program that will award local businesses and adult mentors who have a positive influence on Washougal youth. They plan to recognize businesses that are youth-friendly, that are good employers of youth, who actively support healthy youth activities in our community, and are great role models of living a healthy life! We are thankful for those in our community who see our youth as an asset and want to recognize them for their support of youth. The Spirit of Community awards will begin taking nominations in November. Please see our website’s youth page for more information -
Washougal Beautification Project
Our Unite! Youth are leading a committee of adult community members in a Washougal Beautification Project. This team is partnering with WACA, WSD art teachers, Washougal Food Center, and other local businesses to improve, repaint, and repair signage around Washougal while spreading messages of hope. If you are interested in joining our team or know of a sign that we could help beautify please contact Amara Farah or Megan Kanzler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources of Strength
Want to find a way to get involved? Be on the lookout for a new mental wellness team that is youth-led and adult supported. Sources of Strength will be available at Washougal High School this Fall. We are looking for high school students who are interested in becoming Peer Leaders and adults who are positive and supportive of youth to be Adult Advisors. Our monthly meetings are one part Fun, one part Sharing, and one part Planning. More information available at
Drug Take Back Event - Saturday, October 24, 2020
Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Events Saturday October 24th
On Saturday October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., take unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe FREE disposal at four “Drive-Thru” Drug Take-Back Events in Southwest Washington. For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in vehicles and use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted and expired medications as well as vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing and disinfecting.
Drug Take Back Event locations:
- *NEW SITE* Kaiser Permanente Orchards 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver
- PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
- Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
- Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal
Prescription and over-the counter medication
Prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted for disposal. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.
Vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries
Vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries will be accepted for free safe disposal at all four event sites. If batteries aren’t removable, check with electronic chain stores to ask if they accept these devices for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations to ask if they accept these devices and for additional guidance on proper disposal.
Sharps and syringes
Please note that sharps and syringes will ONLY be accepted for disposal at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event site located at 33rd & Main (South Back Lot) in downtown Vancouver.
FREE Year-Round Medication Disposal locations
Did you know any day can be a drug take back day? Protect loved ones and keep medicine out of the wrong hands by properly disposing prescription medications at a drug take back event or at a year-round medication disposal location near you. To find free year-round medication disposal locations anywhere in Washington state go to TakeBackYourMeds.com or for more information about free year-round medication disposal locations in Clark and Skamania counties visit: www.preventcoalition.org/resources or call Clark County Public Health at (564) 397-7352.
Medicine take back events in Southwest Washington are funded in partnership with Washington State Health Care Authority through a State Opioid Response Grant. For more information, visit bit.ly/DrugTakeBack2020 or email Kelley Groen-Sieckmann at email@example.com.
Enter the 2020 National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest
Entry Period Oct. 1 - Nov. 1, 2020
Voting Period Nov. 2 - Nov. 16, 2020
Winners Announced Dec. 2, 2020
Family Table Time
Unite! Washougal Positive Community Norms Survey 2020
Please take some time to participate in this quick community survey. The responses will help us in future planning.
If you would like to be entered in a raffle to win a gift card please include your email address. The email address will only by used for the raffle.
Annual Community Survey
Dear Community Partner,
Unite! Washougal coalition is asking for your help with our Annual Community Survey. This survey is given to see how our community attitudes are changing about substance misuse and underage drinking. The results give us a better understanding of the needs of our community and help determine what can be done to meet those needs and increase health and wellness in our beloved Washougal.
The Community Survey will continue until December 10, 2020. It only takes 10 minutes that can make a real difference.
To complete your survey (available in English and Spanish), please use the links below:
ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH
ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH
Thank you for your help,
Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
P.S. For more information, please contact Vitali Turlac via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION!
A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child’s Experience With Online Learning
Unite! Washougal is restructuring!
Unite! Washougal recently became a 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization and as such we have the opportunity to move our leadership model to that of a Board of Directors. Our board will consist of six (6) elected community volunteers and one (1) Unite! Washougal Executive Director. Our board will be responsible for the day to day function of our non-profit organization.