Thursday July 4, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition, is a contender for an esteemed national award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

The award recognizes an advance coalition for successfully implementing comprehensive and collaborative strategies to achieve one or more targeted community-level multiple substance abuse programs and is the highest honor CADCA grants.

HAYC3 applied for the award in October 2012 after encouragement from Angela Richardson, public health advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

"Simply having a DFC (Drug Free Communities, a SAMHSA agency) representative suggest that we are operating at a level of excellence worth of this award, is an honor and a tribute to all the Coalition members who have worked to build a healthier and more united community," said Amanda Haar, coalition chair.

HAYC3 is comprised of volunteers representing a variety of sectors of the community, including those from schools, the police force, religious sectors, social services, and, of course, parents. The coalition meets monthly to discuss community-building events and to develop strategies on how to forge connections among the myriad of organizations that serve the Hoosick Falls area.


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"In the month of May alone, HAYC3 assisted 23 community organizations with events and programs," said Aelish Nealon, executive director of HAYC3. "It’s that kind of pulling together to help one another succeed that is helping to unite the Hoosick community."

Nealon also noted that HAYC3 has worked to develop community-minded efforts, like the weekly Farmer’s Market and Music in Hoosick program, which provide opportunities for community members to gather and support each other in healthy and productive ways.

The application for the award was submitted by HAYC3 on June 26 and will be reviewed by the CADCA over the next few weeks. The winning coalition will be announced in August.

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.