The Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community, housed within the Winchester Health Department, is a comprehensive community-based organization that works collaboratively with residents, town departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth community, and to foster healthy life choices through education.
The Coalition was honored to have been selected in 2014 from among more than 430 applicants during a very competitive review process, as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. For more information about the grant program, please visit www.CummingsFoundation.org. The Coalition deeply appreciates the Cummings Foundation’s commitment to community.
The Coalition also gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the John and Mary Murphy Foundation, the Rotary Club of Winchester, the En Ka Society and Winchester Savings Bank.
As we get ready for school ending and the summer months are upon us, we think it is important for our community to think about our kids, the free time they will have this summer, and the risky situations that they might find themselves in. Some questions to ask ourselves:
- Do our kids have healthy activities to occupy their time: will they have jobs, be at camp, taking classes or enrolled in any programs?
- What parameters have we placed on daily activities, both during the day and at night? Have we set curfews? Do our kids have their own cars or access to Uber or Lyft?
- Do we have clear rules about cell phone use and can we reach our kids if we need them? Are there rules about responding to calls and messages from us?
- Do we know their friends and who they will be hanging out with?
- Are our kids hanging out in our fields and woods (e.g., Ginn, Manchester, Leonard, the Fells)?
- Do we know the parents of these friends and if the parents are at home when our kids are over? Do their friends’ parents share the same parenting philosophy regarding underage drinking and smoking/vaping?
- Do we fully understand what vaping is? Do we know the risks associated with vaping?
- What’s in the backpacks? Do they need a backpack during the summer?
- What’s in our liquor cabinets and “beer fridges” and should we monitor quantities so that we know if something is missing?
- What’s in our medicine cabinets? Do we have our prescription medication safeguarded?
Summer is a great time for our kids to relax and enjoy a break from the stress of the school year. Let’s help them have a happy and healthy summer!
If you missed the screening of the film “If Only” in Winchester, you can see it in Woburn in March:
The Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of its new Coalition Community app: “01890,” available to download for FREE through the iTunes app store
and the Google Play store.
This app provides access to the town’s anonymous Text Tip Line (managed by the Winchester Police Department) and to important community resources, including emergency contacts, hotlines, Winchester Public School information, mental and emotional health resources, as well as Coalition information. Users can dial directly from the app or access websites of Winchester schools and other key organizations.
The app was developed to serve the Winchester community by Rosanna Zhang and Qiuyue Liu, current seniors at Winchester High School.
David Petty, Rosanna Zhang, Qiuyue Liu and Dot Butler