La Center United Newsletter

April 2021

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Drive Through Drug Take Back Event Saturday April 24th 10-2pm

Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department, 31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield (La Center Exit I-5, south of ilani Casino)

ommunity prevention coalitions, law enforcement and several partnering organizations are holding drive-thru drug take back events at six sites in Southwest Washington on Saturday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to bring their unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe, free disposal to any one of the six event sites in Clark and Skamania counties. Prescription and over-the-counter medications including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.

For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in their vehicles and use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing and disinfecting.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

Clark County

Skamania County

Sharps and syringes
Noncommercial Sharps and syringes will only be accepted at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event site. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container. WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE.

Vape pens and e-cigarettes

All event sites except Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department will be collecting vape pens and e-cigarettes without batteries for safe free disposal. If batteries aren’t removable, check with large electronic chain stores to ask if they accept vape pens and e-cigarettes for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations for additional guidance on proper disposal.

Medicine take back events in Southwest Washington are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority.

For more information, visit or email Kelley Groen-Sieckmann at

Unable to drop- off your medicine for proper disposal at one of the six event sites on April 24th?

No problem! There are a variety of permanent community-based medicine disposal kiosks open all year-round. To find a kiosk in your area, visit the Convenient Locations section of Mail-back medicine disposal services are also available in Washington state. To order a free mail-back package, visit the Mail-Back section of Do not place medicines in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Medication not disposed of properly ends up in the environment and our waterways and increases the risk for accidental poisonings, misuse and overdose. Let’s work together to protect the environment, waterways and our loved ones by disposing of unused and unwanted medicine for free at convenient community-based kiosks or by using a mail-back service.

Click on links to download Event Flyers

La Center United Coalition Meeting April 8th 5:30-6:30 PM

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Zoom Link to join Meeting Here

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New Community Member Welcome Basket

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3 Ways to participate

La Center United is putting together "Welcome Baskets" for new arrivals to our town and we need your help:

1) would like to collect flyers from all the local businesses, churches, groups, etc. (along with some swag) to help them feel the love of La Center. If you know of any of these people or groups that would be interested. Please message me or any La Center United member to connect (~50 1-page flyers should be plenty), or email us at with "welcome basket" in the subject line.

2) We are looking for volunteers to help put these baskets together and are currently meeting virtually on Wednesdays at 7 PM to get organized.

3) And, we need a way to "know" when new families move in so the baskets can be delivered. That's you all--have a new neighbor, let us know!!

Tag your it!

Adopt a Teacher

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Adopt a Teacher

A message from community member Connie Baker:

The past year has been anything but normal, and I want to do something to show my appreciation to our teachers for all they've gone through to get where they are now with back to hybrid classes.

So, I am asking for your help, anyone here can adopt a teacher, you can either specify one or donate to a random teacher in our little town.

I am planning to get these all together to deliver during teacher appreciation week, which is the first week of May. If we get more than 20, we will just honor more teachers.

So... please email me if you're interested in donating or would like more information.

Summer Internship Opportunity for Youth

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Summer Works

Looking for a summer internship? Consider SummerWorks 2021.

SummerWorks connects motivated young adults to businesses for paid summer jobs! Paid internships available for young adults ages 16 - 21 that are currently enrolled in school, meet IEP or 504 eligibility requirements and live in Clark, Wahkiakum, or Cowlitz counties.

Professional development opportunities are provided to prepare you for job placement. Participants are placed with an employer that is the best fit for them.

To get involved contact the staff below or visit

Clark County:

Becky Mohagen


Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties:

Christine Katon


The Prevent Washington State Rural network is seeking photos

What does your community look like? Submit photos today!

What do rural communities look like?

What does it mean to be rural?

What are the greatest strengths in your community?

We would like to capture all of the above, and more, in photos of rural communities across the state. We're building an online "stock photo library" of pictures that rural community members, like you, submit to us.

There is a significant lack of representation in marketing and promotional materials that accurately reflect rural lifestyle and culture. We would like to address this together so that our partners, supporters, and members can use appropriate images in prevention campaigns, fliers, posters, social media, and more.

Click here to submit your photos!

All images will be reviewed by our Toolkit Workgroup committee before being included in our online toolkit. The online toolkit should be published in June of 2021. Any images of youth or minors will require a permission form that can be signed online by parents and guardians at the time of submission, or at a later date.

Share Your Story

The Rural Network is gathering stories of success and innovation to create an online gallery of ways people have overcome obstacles, adapted prevention materials, or created new implementation strategies for prevention.

Take the five question survey to help us get a sense of what's working in your area.

Eventually, all submissions will be available online in a gallery that will help members and prevention practitioners become more innovative in their approaches to this work.

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The Love and Logic Story - Call 800.338.4065 M-F and a REAL PERSON will answer.

Love and Logic

Parents check out this great resource!

Raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children of all ages.

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The Loft Virtual Teen Center

La Center United is working to create a virtual platform for teens to engage. Follow the loft on Instagram @theloftlcyouthpage or La Center United on Facebook for updates and links to join upcoming virtual hangout opportunities.
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Our Mission:

Inspiring our community to be safe, healthy and resilient

Preventing destructive behavior through open access to education and environmental strategies

Supporting those in need, sharing ideas, and offering help

Our Vision:

A healthy and resilient community for youth and families