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Coalition leader looking to future

Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) may have just received another five years of federal funding to help fight substance abuse among the county’s youth, but that doesn’t mean it’s coordinator isn’t already thinking about the organization’s future.
Lee Spiegel appeared before Pulaski Town Council Tuesday night to update council members on the organization’s mission and programs and ask them to start considering funding assistance for PCPC in future budgets.
In 2004, PCPC received a grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities program that helped fund its activities over the past five years. It recently was awarded another five years of funding under the DFC program to carry it through 2014.
However, Coordinator Lee Spiegel said the DFC grant will no longer be available to PCPC at the end of this final funding period, so “we’re asking you to please consider investing in (PCPC) in the future if you think we’re doing a good job.”
Spiegel said she will be visiting other governmental bodies to update them on PCPC’s status and request consideration for funding in the future.
Based on the results of surveys conducted in county schools, Spiegel said PCPC programs seem to be making a difference in the county. The surveys are designed to gauge substance abuse trends in the schools to help pinpoint focus areas for PCPC programs.
Asked whether she feels the information obtained in the surveys is accurate, Spiegel said she does. She said the results seem to coincide with the information she hears by word of mouth in the schools.
Mayor Jeff Worrell told Spiegel he can assure her the town feels PCPC’s work is “worthwhile” to the community.
PCPC’s mission is “reducing substance abuse among youth by promoting healthy, thriving families and a safe community by connecting people, resources, and ideas.” It was formed in 2002.
The group holds its monthly meeting at three different times to accommodate the schedules of more members and potential members. The meetings are held on the first Thursday and Friday of each month.
Thursday meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Manse at the corner of Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Pulaski. Friday’s meetings are at 7:30 a.m. at Pulaski Elementary School and noon at the Manse. All meetings have the same agenda and minutes from all three are combined.

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Coalition leader looking to future

Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC) may have just received another five years of federal funding to help fight substance abuse among the county’s youth, but that doesn’t mean it’s coordinator isn’t already thinking about the organization’s future.
Lee Spiegel appeared before Pulaski Town Council Tuesday night to update council members on the organization’s mission and programs and ask them to start considering funding assistance for PCPC in future budgets.
In 2004, PCPC received a grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities program that helped fund its activities over the past five years. It recently was awarded another five years of funding under the DFC program to carry it through 2014.
However, Coordinator Lee Spiegel said the DFC grant will no longer be available to PCPC at the end of this final funding period, so “we’re asking you to please consider investing in (PCPC) in the future if you think we’re doing a good job.”
Spiegel said she will be visiting other governmental bodies to update them on PCPC’s status and request consideration for funding in the future.
Based on the results of surveys conducted in county schools, Spiegel said PCPC programs seem to be making a difference in the county. The surveys are designed to gauge substance abuse trends in the schools to help pinpoint focus areas for PCPC programs.
Asked whether she feels the information obtained in the surveys is accurate, Spiegel said she does. She said the results seem to coincide with the information she hears by word of mouth in the schools.
Mayor Jeff Worrell told Spiegel he can assure her the town feels PCPC’s work is “worthwhile” to the community.
PCPC’s mission is “reducing substance abuse among youth by promoting healthy, thriving families and a safe community by connecting people, resources, and ideas.” It was formed in 2002.
The group holds its monthly meeting at three different times to accommodate the schedules of more members and potential members. The meetings are held on the first Thursday and Friday of each month.
Thursday meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Manse at the corner of Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Pulaski. Friday’s meetings are at 7:30 a.m. at Pulaski Elementary School and noon at the Manse. All meetings have the same agenda and minutes from all three are combined.

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