Coming together for the good of the community is the whole purpose behind the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC). And after nearly four years of ups and downs, building and reaching out, the coalition is ready to host their inaugural celebration event. It's one that members hope will open up their membership, while recognizing all their work for the city of Braidwood thus far.
Members of the BAHCC met on Monday, Feb. 13 to discuss plans for the Celebration. The event is slated for Thursday, April 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fossil Ridge Public Library. The event will feature raffles, demonstrations, a jump house and refreshments, as well as information for parents and community members on how to create a better Braidwood.
The problems related to teenage drug and alcohol use and abuse is not limited to big city kids. For the past several years, members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC) have been working to educate both children and their parents on the dangers of illegal drugs and drinking, and providing resources for how families can deal with the issues that are prevalent in most towns, including Braidwood. Now, the small but active organization has gotten a boost from the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Community Health and Prevention.
The message is simple - stay clean and stay safe.But the delivery, especially when it comes to adults relating to teens, is far from simple.
The members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition have worked in recent years to engage the public in the effort to fight the illegal use of drugs and alcohol by area youth. Over the past several months, the group has picked up steam, adding to its membership, creating by-laws and working on long term plans.
The members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC) are using state funding to advance their causes. Now, the coalition is laying out a solid foundation for firming up their group's regulations, in order to become a more powerful presence in the Braidwood community.
Last week, members of the BAHCC attended a two-day training session on community assessments. The training was paid for as part of a $75,000 state grant to conduct community assessment and planning around youth substance abuse. That grant was obtained by Chestnut Health Systems, the partner organization for the BAHCC.
Civic-minded students made it a little harder for teens to get alcohol last week, as they participated in the statewide Your Actions Matter campaign.
Your Actions Matter is an underage drinking awareness program coordinated through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. It was sponsored locally by the Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community, the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition, the Wilmington and Braidwood police departments, Will County Sheriff's Department, Wilmington superintendent of schools Jay Plese, Wilmington Mayor Marty Orr and Braidwood Mayor Bill Rulien. The event brings the month of April, Alcohol Awareness Month in the state of Illinois, to a close.
by Tonya Michalec
The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition is keeping up with the times by creating and establishing a website that gives residents access to the organization's event scheduling, community healthy goal objectives and more. The coalition is a group made up of Braidwood community members, local health agencies, the police department and the fire department that are dedicated and focused on working together to support local youth in making healthy, drug and alcohol free choices.
Braidwood's police department to host its first night out event.
By Tonya Michalec
If you are looking for a great way to capture some completely free family fun, then make sure to add Braidwood Police Department's first National Night Out event to your list of summer activities.
The members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition are dedicated to making a better community.
Now, those members are looking for an opportunity to expand their reach with a possible partnership with other Will County towns.On May 13, members of the BAHCC met for their regular monthly meeting at the Braidwood fire house on Main Street. On the agenda, the possibility of pooling resources with Wilmington and Peotone to create an umbrella organization, which can have a further reach into Will County and seek out additional funds from the state.
BAHCC implores Reed-Custer schools
BY TONYA MICHALEC
The problems related to teenage drug and alcohol use and abuse is not limited to big city kids. For the past several years, members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC) have been working to educate both children and their parents on the dangers of illegal drugs and drinking, and providing resources for how families can deal with the issues that are prevalent in most towns, including Braidwood. And now the coalition is looking to spread awareness into the community by stepping into the classrooms to instruct the youth about alcohol and drug abuse at both the middle and high schools in district 255u.
Mayor of Braidwood, Bill Rulien (shown on right), presented Pam Dell’Aquilla, Sandy Fletcher, and Noreen Clover (left to right), on behalf of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition, with $703 check from the proceeds gained from the car entry fees and the 50/50 raffle that was held at the annual Braidwood Route 66 Cruisin’ event on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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