Unite! October Newsletter
Information | Current Happenings | Upcoming Events
Welcome, we are glad you're here!
Included in this newsletter are opportunities to participate in community events, parenting classes, and upcoming trainings. You'll find a variety of ways to volunteer your experience, passion, skills, and be a part of Unite! Washougal Community Coalition.
You belong here!
Do you live, work and/or play in Washougal, zip code 98671?
Please take our survey and help make an impact on preventing youth substance use in just a few minutes of your time.
ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH
ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH
Unite! wants to know how adults, 18 years and older, in the Washougal community view and understand youth substance use. Responses to this survey informs the work we do, and helps prioritize strategies for prevention. Your input will also help us select a positive message to be shared on one or more forms to include: mailer, banner, billboard, theater screen, newspaper, etc. in Washougal.
The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. Your responses are kept confidential. Questions can be skipped and you may stop the survey at any time.
On average, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Thank you for making a difference and please feel to share with others who live, work,
and/or play in our wonderful community!
SAVE THE DATE
Date: THURSDAY October 24th
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Children's Home Society
1702 C St, Washougal (Across the street from City Hall)
Resource for Parents with children ages 9-14
Unite! Washougal is proud to offer this exceptional resource for FREE!
All families can benefit. Space is limited.
These classes are meant to help parents:
- Strengthen family values
- Establish clear expectations
- Increase family bonding
- Improve communication skills
- Manage conflict
Upcoming Unite! Events
Drug Take Back is October 26th
Did you know the most common drugs misused by teens & adults come from family & friends’ home medicine cabinets? 75% of opioid misuse starts with using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them. Safely disposing of unwanted & expired medication using a take-back program or event protects loved ones & keeps medicines out of the wrong hands.
(Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration)
Did you know medications not disposed of properly end up in our waterways? Let’s work together to keep these substances away from youth and out of our waterways.
CLICK HERE for more details and frequently asked questions.
Red Ribbon Week
Once again Unite! Washougal, in partnership with the City of Washougal, will demonstrate support for a drug free community by tying red ribbons on the lampposts down Main Street and Plant the Promise of Red Tulips.
The National Red Ribbon Campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally from October 23-31; however, communities and school districts nationwide hold events throughout the month.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life – the fight against the violence of drug crime and the misery of addiction. By gathering together in special events and wearing red ribbons during the last week in October, Americans from all walks of life demonstrate their opposition to drugs (dea.gov).
Ways to get involved: Support Red Ribbon Week activities in your child's school.
Participate in Red Ribbon Community Day - See details below.
What to bring:
- Yourselves - friends and family
- Garden tools for prepping and planting
- Gloves and weather appropriate clothing
Contact Deborah Connors 360-713-1232
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Youth To Youth
Washougal Youth To Youth Club, in partnership with WHS ASB class, has begun plans for a Positive Community Norms campaign. Their work group will identify data from the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey and create a project that will help close perception gaps in our community.
Unite! Washougal and WHS Interact Club
Prevention Summit is coming up:
The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care.
Several coalition members, leadership, and youth will be attending this year!!
Opportunities with Our Partners in Prevention
"Help to Rise Above the Social Media Trap"
Joining several community organizations, Unite! Washougal is proud to help provide a wonderful resource to parents and students in our community. "How to Rise Above the social media trap" workshops will have us laughing and learning how living in REAL LIFE beats a screen anytime! Collin Katchener and Katey McPherson will help parents and students figure out how to balance device use and feel happier. Parent workshop is on October 15th and the student workshop is October 16th from 7pm - 8:30pm (both nights) at the Manna House (14311 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA). Collin and Katey will also be providing an assembly to Jemtegaard Middle School on the morning of October 16th that will encourage healthier use of social media and finding joy in engaging in REAL LIFE. (See flyer below)
Youth Opportunity at ESD 112
Webinar Learning Opportunity
The Communications Committee first meeting Wednesday October 9th, 6:30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. 716 Washougal River Road.
We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a collaborative team process.
Please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com