Unite! Washougal Newsletter
2021 Spring Edition
Drug Take-Back Events - Saturday, April 24, 2021
Bring unused medication for safe, free disposal at five drive-thru Drug Take Back Event sites in Clark County:
- Any prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted for safe, FREE disposal.
- Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed.
- Medications not in original containers will be accepted too.
- Vaping devices & e-Cigarettes WITHOUT Batteries will also be accepted for free disposal at all event sites EXCEPT Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department.
- Sharps and syringes will be accepted from noncommercial sources ONLY at the PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care event site. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container with a lid (ex: plastic milk jug) & label the container: WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE
- NO prefilled syringes will be accepted for disposal at any event site.
** For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in vehicles & use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted & expired medications. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing & disinfecting **
SPREAD THE WORD! Incredible Years Parent Workshop
Do you know anyone who could benefit from this FREE class?
Empower parents to build nurturing relationships with their new babies (ages 0-12 months)
About this Event:
Designed to help parents get to know their new babies and learn the following:
- encourage physical development
- promote language development
- enrich environment
- share experiences
- offer needed support
*Must use a computer or tablet to connect
To sign up, go to:
The latest from Unite! - "Love Your Life"
What is "Love Your Life"?
Love Your Life is a positive community norms campaign created by Unite! Washougal to promote safe and healthy choices for Washougal residents. Because…you can choose to love your life.
Unite! partners with GFWC
April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month” and General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Camas-Washougal (GFWC) has a list of events that they will be participating in. GFWC will be planting pinwheel gardens in Camas and Washougal. Both Cities of Camas and Washougal have signed proclamations to help raise awareness about child abuse prevention.
“This is such an important issue that I feel passionate about raising awareness and getting the word out to our communities.” said Susan Bennett, Vice President of the GFWC Camas-Washougal. “We want families to know that there are resources and places to find help. We want families to feel supported in the important work of raising their children,” added Christine Kamps, President of GFWC.
Bennett serves as the Pinwheel Projects Committee Chair. In an effort to increase the reach and impact of the project this year, she reached out to Unite! Washougal Community Coalition to partner on this project and invited Unite! to plant gardens with the GFWC. “I was so excited to partner with the GFWC on this project!” said Ann Stevens, Unite! Washougal 501c3 President. “GFWC is such a hardworking and dedicated organization that really contributes to the good of our communities! In addition, improving the health and wellness of our youth, families and community is the core mission of Unite!, so this is a perfect project to partner together.”
GFWC, a 501c3 organization, has been serving the cities of Camas and Washougal since 1947. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations. GFWC is a vibrant and connected sisterhood of women who are creating better communities, expanding their own possibilities, and extending friendship and support to women near and far.
Unite! Washougal Community Coalition is a substance misuse prevention coalition that works with all sectors of the community to increase community connections and promote health and wellness. “We are always looking for community partners that want to promote connection, health and wellness in our community, remarked Angela Hancock, Unite! Vice President. “We also have other resources for parents and our community including parenting classes such as Incredible Years, and our semi-annual Drug Take Back on April 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.”
Both organizations are seeking new members who want to volunteer, learn new skills and serve their communities. For more information and resources to help prevent child abuse visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/resource-guide/ For more information about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs please email GFWC Camas-Washougal at GFWC_CW@Frontier.com, contact Susan Bennet at (916) 330-7932 or visit their Facebook page GFWC Camas-Washougal.
For more information about Unite! contact Margaret McCarthy at washougalunite.com or call (360) 954-3203. Unite! meets the 4th Thursday of every Month at 3 PM. Currently, meetings are by zoom. Check out our Facebook page or Website for more information. http://unitewashougal.org/
Washougal Youth win scholarship for the WA State Virtual Spring Youth Forum!
About the Washington State Spring Youth Forum
The goal of the Spring Youth Forum is to recognize and reward youth prevention teams that have implemented a successful prevention project within their communities. The Spring Youth Forum is the follow-up conference to the Prevention Summit. The Forum provides youth prevention teams the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills. Youth Teams share successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following the previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings. The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage, reward and support youth-led prevention work in communities throughout Washington.
This year, Youth Teams will showcase their completed prevention projects by developing a presentation video that will be displayed during virtual breakout sessions at the Spring Youth Forum. Keep monitoring our Unite! Facebook Page for updates on our youth's progress.
Conference Hours: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Schedule HERE)
Tea Time with Templeton featuring Unite! Washougal
Dr. Templeton hosted a Q&A session about our student support that includes the Drug Free Communities Grant and Unite! Washougal’s coalition, both of which are working to help students make healthy choices, and prevent substance abuse.
Dr. Mary Templeton, Superintendent; and special guests Renae Burson McMurray; Angela Hancock, board member; Betty Gabel; Margaret McCarthy; Lisa Bennett; Amara Farah; Wendy Butler; and Vitali Turlac for an hour, and share about these programs, classes, and ways to get involved in this effort, which ensures a bright and healthy future for every Washougal student.
Resources shared at the event are listed here to help patrons find out more about this powerful work that is supporting Washougal families.
April’s Tea Time with Templeton will focus on our new Dual Language program, stay tuned for details about this exciting opportunity for Kindergarten students and their families!
If you want to know more please reach out to us at washougalunite.com or call Margaret McCarthy at 360-954-3203.
Article from Washougal School District Website
Sources of Strength Continues to Grow
Our Washougal High School Sources of Strength team continues to learn and grow as they implement the new, evidence based, mental wellness program at the high school.
Over the last few months our team of nearly 30 Peer Leaders and Adult Advisors have been working on several activities in a campaign called #WhatHelpsUsWHS, that focus on ways we can turn to the strengths in our lives, (like good friends, family, mentors, physical activity and more) when we feel Big Emotions like anxiety, anger, and/or stress. Our team created wellness plans for students and staff members, Sources of Strength messages and announcements that will start to be included in the daily announcements, and have challenged their peers to a photo and video challenge via email and social media to encourage WHS Panthers to share pictures and/or videos of what healthy things help them get through hard times.
Their next campaign will focus on continuing to get the word out to the high school community about Sources of Strength through lunchtime activities, promotional videos and other challenges.
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Unite! Washougal Youth partners with local businesses to thank adults in our community
A team of Unite! Washougal Youth and adults have started an ongoing project in partnership with several local businesses in Washougal. Their goal is to thank adults for protecting youth by not providing alcohol to minors (anyone under the age of 21). This positive community norms (PCN) project celebrates the positive by highlighting data from the state Healthy Youth Survey that showed most adults, in Washougal, are not providing or purchasing alcohol for anyone under the age of 21 in our community. Way to go Washougal adults!!!!
So as a way to say "Thank You," our youth placed stickers that shared the good news on alcoholic beverages, cooler doors and business doors at three local locations: 54*40' Beer, Washougal Food Center, and the Washougal River Mercantile. These businesses were happy to support our youth and feel it is an important message to share with adults and will continue to work with our Sticker Project team throughout the year to spread other messages that help protect youth.
Do you have a desire to spread positivity around our community? Consider joining our Positive Community Norms team. Our PCN team meets monthly and we have several different workgroups, with the Sticker Project being one of them, that you could participate in. If you are interested in wanting to help celebrate the positive, please contact our PCN team lead, Betty Gabel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured below, a few of our youth volunteers after placing stickers on products at 54*40' in Washougal
Unite! Washougal's very own Vitali Turloc will be discussing cultural competence
“What’s it like to be an immigrant and experience a major change in life? What barriers are out there to newly arrived refugees? Some say that immigration is compared to losing a loved one. It can be a major traumatic event. Come and learn about Vitali’s experience of moving to the United States that can help you understand the life of international settlers in the Washougal community”
Join us at our April 24th Unite! Washougal Coalition meeting to hear Vitali's story!
Click on meeting photo invite above for more information.
Where can I find support for my mental health and well-being?
This can be a stressful time. It is normal that you or your loved ones might feel anxious, sad, scared or angry. You are not alone. It is okay to seek out and ask for help. The resources here are a good place to start.
If you are experiencing excess stress due to COVID-19, call Washington Listens (833-681-0211) for support and resources.
Relaxation Activities to Do at Home with Kids
School closings, sick friends and family members, isolation at home – these and other factors can cause anxiety and stress for children during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the world’s leading expert on childhood, we’re sharing these relaxation techniques for kids that are part of our global Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) program for children living in stressful situations.
Join your child in trying the Lazy Cat, the Turtle, the Lemon or all of these relaxation activities!
Are you looking for local volunteer opportunities? Check out Just Serve!
At JustServe, we believe that nothing should get in the way of organizations and volunteers coming together to do good things for the community, so we help make this happen for free.
Immunity – The Ultimate Guide to Immune Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined an important truth: Today, vital health information can travel faster than ever before … but so can misinformation.
That’s why, for the final installment in our three-part series on immune health, we’re looking under the hood of some common misunderstandings about immune health. After all, fueling yourself with the right information is one of the best forms of prevention.