The SAFE Coalition received information in February regarding the receipt of Iowa Partnership for Success Funds (IPFS). These funds will help the coalition to continue to address the issue of underage and binge drinking in Van Buren County.
Kris Rankin has taken the position of the grant coordinator and Heidi Bainbridge will serve as the supervisor for this project. The grant began in February of 2015 and will last through September of 2019, as funds are available.
The first phase of this project is to dig in and do an assessment of the community. The coalition will be using the next few months to gather data to better help them understand the problem of underage drinking and binge drinking in Van Buren County.
The coalition will also be working to build their capacity of community volunteers to assist in these initiatives. It is important that the coalition has key players from all sectors of the community to help address this issue. Coalition members may be reaching out to you to garner your support and encourage your involvement in this partnership. If you are interested in helping with the work of this grant you may contact the SAFE Coalition at any time or attend one of the SAFE Coalition meetings that are held the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am at the VBHS’s Community Services Center Conference Room.
There are a variety of trainings required for this project, Kris, Heidi and Coalition members will be participating in these opportunities to learn more about the process and ensure we are implementing the most effective strategies for our community.
For more information on the Partnership for Success funds you may contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.