Drug Free Communities Grant Press Conference

Media Alert

When: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, Noon

Where: Bennington County Regional Commission, 111 South Street, Suite 203 Bennington, VT

What: Local organization, Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT) will host a press conference to announce the awarding of a five-year, $625,000 Drug Free Communities Grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of the White House.

Who: ACT Chair Lucinda Krautheim, ACT Vice-Chair Katrina Hollis, ACT Director/State Representative, Kiah Morris; ACT Program Coordinator, Nevin Lessard; ACT Executive Committee Member, Sophia Prandini, ACT Youth Empowerment Committee Chair Dare Meunier, Bennington County Regional Commission Executive Director Jim Sullivan, Local Legislators

Why: The Alliance for Community Transformations is one of four funded organizations in the state of Vermont that has been awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant in 2015. A regionally-based, substance abuse and public health coalition, ACT worked collaboratively with multiple agencies, organizations, businesses and community volunteers in the development of the successful grant application and activities that are supported through this funding. The grant goals are as follows:

Grant Goal 1: Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.


Grant Goal 2: Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Results of recent substance abuse assessments and descriptions of grant activities will be presented at this event.

For more information contact ACT at 802-442-713 extension 9 or 6.



Students Learn about Social Responsibility and the TRIPLE bottom line

On Thursday, Julie Lineberger, former Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Chair, instructor and activist shared knowledge and advice to the Business Management class at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on socially responsible business plans and the triple bottom line movement in Vermont and worldwide. The class had an opportunity to get first-hand advice on ways to increase sales to the student store following major changes towards healthy food products sold at the store. Beyond the health impacts, carrying locally produced, sustainably made products has a positive impact on our community and has engaged the students in understanding global impacts of corporate practices in manufacturing of products.
Students learned about business models like B-Corporations, L3C’s and Co-operatives as alternate models that are available to create bridges between the for-profit and non-profit models in the business world. These models push the concepts of “corporate giving” to another level through policies and values that reach every part of their business operations from employee relations to vendor contracts.

The CDC class is partnering with ACT this academic school year in the development of a business plan and recommendations for income generating strategies to sustain ACT initiatives and goals. This project is hopes to seek consideration for inclusion in the Southshire Challenge program. VBSR’s presentation is one of many opportunities local youth will have to use their talents, skills and passions to help transform our communities!

Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC
Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC

VBSR Presentation

Bennington County Grabs the Top Spot!

A total of 5800 pounds were collected through recent prescription drug take-back efforts in Vermont. Bennington County collected the 2nd highest total weight and averaged the highest weight per person of all Vermont counties.

— Top 5 in Total Weight —
1. Chittenden – 2015 Take Back1855.5 lbs
2. Bennington – 683 lbs
3. Washington – 656.5 lbs
4. Windham – 444.4 lbs
5. Rutland – 329.8 lbs

— Top 5 in Per Person Weight —
1. Bennington – 0.30 oz/person
2. Grand Isle – 0.21 oz/person
3. Chittenden – 0.19 oz/person
4. Lamoille 0.18 oz/person
5. Orleans – 0.18 oz/person

(Note: Prescription drug take-back includes collection of any drug and drug paraphernalia, not only prescription drugs)