A coalition comprised of people from all walks of life will work to curb underage drinking and offer healthy alternatives.
The Washougal Community Coalition’s goal is to “build a community that is connected and involved, empowered by healthy choices and strong family units.”
The coalition, formed last May, is a part of the state division of Behavioral Health and recovery’s Prevention Redesign Initiative.
It uses state funding to better target and leverage prevention resources by implementing active partnerships with counties, Educational Service Districts, local school districts and the state superintendent. The focus is mainly to reduce underage drinking and drug use. Washougal was chosen for a two-year grant due to its level of community awareness, according to Margaret McCarthy, coalition coordinator.
“Not everybody is given this funding,” she said. “We have a great sense of community in Washougal and want to empower our citizens to make positive choices.”