Thursday, September 9, 2010

InnerAct Aliance Awarded Drug Free Communities Grant

InnerAct Alliance is the proud recipient of a Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) Grant awarded on August 31, 2010 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant provides community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.

InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, has worked diligently for the past 25 years to reduce the abuse and underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through: Community Awareness and Involvement; Prevention Education; Economic Support; and Leadership Development. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency also serves as the fiscal agent for the StandUP Polk (adult-based) and UthMpact (youth-based) Coalitions for a Drug-Free Polk to help educate about the dangers of substance abuse and bring about positive changes for Polk County.

"We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the DFC grant for our community!" said Angie Ellison, executive director. "StandUP Polk and InnerAct Alliance are blessed with the support of an active group of concerned citizens, community leaders, parents, youth, educators, health care, business professionals, law enforcement, and local media dedicated to youth prevention initiatives for reducing prescription drug abuse and underage drinking. The $125,000 funding over a period of five years will allow our coalition efforts to continue to grow and expand to strengthen our community."

InnerAct Alliance is one of only 169 new grantees selected from 521 applicants through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. To qualify for one of these matching grants, awardees must show a six-month history of working together on youth substance use reduction initiatives with representation from 12 sectors of the community, and have a long-term plan to reduce youth substance abuse.

For additional information on StandUP Polk, UthMpact and InnerAct Alliance's prevention programs and services in the community, please contact Angie Ellison, Executive Director, at (863) 802-0777.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Red Ribbon Safe Kids Walk & Roll - October 16, 2010!

Lake Region High School
1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake (Winter Haven)
8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Fun for all ages is planned at the 2nd Annual Red Ribbon Safe Kids Walk & Roll on Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 8 AM to 12 Noon, at Lake Region High School. Enjoy a bike rodeo, safety walk, prevention and safety information and more!
Free Bike Helmets for All Ages!! (while supplies last)
Free T-Shirt to first 400 Children in K-8th to register at event!!
For information, please contact: Amy Heinzen, Safe Kids Coordinator at All Children's Hospital at 1-800-756-SAFE (7233) ext. 2
Special thanks to event sponsors: All Children's Hospital, InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, All Children's Speciality Care of Lakeland and Safe Kids/Florida Suncoast.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

InnerAct Alliance's Drug Free is HOT Red Ribbon Bus!

It's Red Ribbon Time!

Be on the Lookout for InnerAct Alliance's Drug Free is HOT Red Ribbon Bus traveling on the roads throughout Polk County during September and October! Special thanks to Citrus Connection, Madden Brand Identity and Dixie Signs for their kind support and helpful assistance in making this a reality for our agency!