Champions needs community support to battle substance abuse

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 I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Kimberly Fain is the new assistant coordinator, hired through the Carroll County School Board and Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County. The application and interview process was held in April.

We are proud to have Fain aboard with Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County. She is rather familiar with the community and eager to learn. Hopefully within the near future, those of you reading this will be able to meet both of us and we can make strides to diminish substance abuse in Carroll County.

The assistant coordinator and I will work hand-in-hand with different projects and events throughout the community. We cannot do this alone, however. This is where we need your help; we need community members’ and coalition members’ involvement.

As Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County’s coordinator I work with youth, children and families throughout our community and school systems every day. I see the troubles that our children in Carroll County are facing and believe that if we are going to make a difference in our community, it must be a team effort. I wholeheartedly believe that our children are worth saving, and we do have the ability to make our community a better place.

Many of you may not be aware of the 12 sectors that are/must be involved with our Champions Coalition: youth, parent, business community, media, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement, religious, volunteer/civic, healthcare, state/local/tribal and other organizations. Among these 12 sectors there are smaller task forces that are intertwined to make up five main categories to make our coalition effective: communication, education, mentoring, policy and resources development. These task forces are essential in making our coalition and community successful. We need you to join in and represent one of these sectors and task forces with those that are already in place.

Carroll County has many programs and services to offer children and families, whether it’s spotlighting prevention or treatment of substance abuse and other illegal drugs or its direct correlation to the effects drugs and alcohol have on an individual. On the same note, Carroll County has many opportunities for participation by adults, mentors and leaders. Carroll County needs you and your help.

To highlight these services both for the families who need them and for those who are interested in volunteer opportunities, Champions is hosting town hall meetings at two separate locations within Carroll County.

The Worthville meeting will take place at the community park in Worthville from 6-8 p.m. on May 28.

There will be another meeting for Sanders from 6-8 p.m. on May 30 at the Sanders community park.

There will be room for plenty of vendor booths/tables to spread awareness and any information you might have that our community can take advantage of. There will be plenty of resources, and guest speaker Kentucky State Police Trooper Dave Roberts will discuss heroin and opiate addiction.

Did I mention there will also be door prizes and free food as well?

Let me take this opportunity to personally invite each of you to participate if you have an interest in the topic of the town hall meetings, want to learn more and be informed or if you’d like to volunteer or set up a booth for your business. Second, I am asking for your help in spreading the word. We have flyers available for insertion into bulletins or to hang up at your business.

If you would like to participate or help us in promoting this event, please call the Champions office at (502) 732-8304. In advance, I greatly appreciate your help in reaching families, children and the youth of our community and making strides to diminish substance abuse in Carroll County.  


Hayley Franklin is coordinator of Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.