Monday, January 26, 2009

Make sure your employees are trained

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition is holding a county-wide merchant training for any business in Van Buren County that sells alcohol.

This training will help your employees to understand the laws associated with alcohol sales, as well as the consequences for selling to a minor. This training will help protect your business!

This is a FREE training available to any businesses in Van Buren County, it will teach employees the proper procedures for checking an id, how to spot a fake id, and how to deal with intoxicated customers- new information added to the training- is information on energy drinks containing alcohol, information about laws, and new research.

At the conclusion of the training, free materials are provided for the business to keep on site. These materials included:
· Laminated reference sheets with recent laws & facts about the consequences of selling to minors
· Information on how to properly ID a customer
· Examples of what a proper ID looks like
· A copy of the presentation to keep on hand in order to train future employeesDoor and window stickers reminding patrons that they will be carded

Date: January 28th
Time: 10am & 6pm
Location: Roberts Memorial Center

Please contact the SAFE coalition to RSVP for this training- 319-293-6412

Monday, January 19, 2009

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Although Martin Luther King Jr. ’s primary goal was racial integration, he still wholeheartedly agreed with giving back to the community and striving to make a difference.

This week is the perfect time for you to honor King by committing simple acts of kindness. Dr. King taught on the basis of these values: justice, compassion, responsibility, non-violence, and moral courage. You can put these values into practice by performing positive acts in your home and community.

Dr. King’s works served as inspiration to many in 1963 and still serve as inspiration 2009. He was best known for his goal to strive make a difference without violence. With his many speeches and non-violent protest, it isn’t difficult to be inspired just by his determination.

You can read about some of the things he did at, and get inspired to start making a difference in the community!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Grant Renewal- Feedback

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition would like your feedback-
What things is the coalition doing that you feel is successful?
What initiatives would you like to see added?
Do you feel there are things being done that could be changed or eliminated?

The coalition is in the process of renewing the two grants that fund it's initiatives. These grant renewals are due on March 2nd and could use input from the community.

To provide your feedback please email at or call 319-293-6412

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome Back

Welcome Back.
The SAFE Coalition hopes everyone had a great holiday season and wish you well in 2009.

If you have been thinking about making a new years resolution to get involved in your community the SAFE Coalition is a great way to do it.

The coalition is a group of people from all over Van Buren County. These community members get together once a month to discuss ways to keep Van Buren County a SAFE place to live- really targeting our youth as we know they are the future of our community. The coalition works on issues of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco as well as school safety, domestic violence and more.

The coalition would love to have your input- if you are interested in joining the coalition you can do so in a variety of ways:
1) Fill out the new member form on the coalition website at
2) Email the coalition at
3) Call the coalition office at 319-293-6412
4) Attend our next meeting:
  • January 13th
  • 2:00pm
  • Roberts Memorial Center- Keosauqua