Who are we? GeorgetownCARES was established in 2009 by a group of concerned parents as a community youth substance abuse prevention coalition. We worked with the Georgetown Public Schools, the Police Department, and parents, primarily focused on educational events for parents. By working closely with the School Health & Wellness Advisory Council, we were able to increase wellness education graduation requirements and conducted two youth surveys, one in 2010 and one in 2014. We applied for a federal Drug Free Communities Mentee grant with Newburyport in 2012 and were denied.
In 2017, we began meeting again on a monthly basis as a substance abuse prevention coalition to help ALL Georgetown residents learn more about substance abuse issues. Our new Executive Committee consists of Douglas Dawes, Selectman; Carol Jacobs, School Superintendent; Fred Mitchell, Georgetown Fire Chief; Donald Cudmore, Georgetown Police Chief, and Pam Lundquist, Georgetown School Committee Vice Chair.
As an open subcommittee of the Georgetown Board of Selectman, with all meeting agendas & minutes posted on the town website at www.georgetownma.gov , GeorgetownCARES welcomes and actively seeks to include any and all community members and organizations in our general membership.
We gratefully acknowledge annual funding from Healthy Pharms, Inc., a medicinal marijuana facility in town. We also deeply appreciate our regional partnership with the Essex County Asset Builder (ECAB) Network, funded by the Tower Foundation. Partnering with six local towns including our own, the ECAB Network has funded our 2017 Assets & Behavior Survey and other initiatives involving the 40 Developmental Assets.
What are a few of our planned strategic initiatives?
- Website to promote local prevention, treatment & recovery resources
- A GeorgetownCARES Speaker Event Series
- The GeorgetownCARES Grant Program
- The 40 Developmental Assets Prevention Program
- New Youth Programs
- A Workforce Investment Board to share summer and part-time job opportunities in Georgetown
- Reviewing town policies to ensure best practices to improve health outcomes and legal compliance