More than a dozen volunteers and community groups have been recognized by the region’s prevention coalitions for their efforts over the 2019-2020 school year to prevent youth substance use in Southwest Washington.

Each year, the coalitions honor volunteers from across the region with a community presentation of awards. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was hosted online. Partners from six Southwest Washington coalitions collaborated to create a series of video recordings in celebration of the honorees.

Click here to watch the videos

“Volunteers are the backbone of a community coalition,” explained Jesse Jimenez, Community Prevention Project Coordinator for Educational Service District 112. “Even though we couldn’t recognize these amazing volunteers in person this year, we wanted to make sure they knew how much we appreciate them and all they do for the Coalition and their communities.”

Outstanding Volunteers of the Year include:

About Prevent Coalition

Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent Coalition (Prevent) is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington State. As a community mobilizer, we’re creating a culture promoting healthy choices; advocating for policies and regulations that protect, empower and nurture youth; and facilitating positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive. For more information, visit www.preventcoalition.org.