A local coalition dedicated to helping Washougal youth make health life choices is being recognized nationally.
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America recently chose eight drug-prevention coalitions to highlight in the group’s informational packet, submitted to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team in early December.
Among them? Unite! Washougal, a grassroots community coalition that includes Washougal residents, students, businesses, law enforcement, educators, churches, government officials and concerned parents united around one common goal: to support youth and encourage families and the entire Washougal community to make healthy choices.
Washougal City Councilman Paul Greenlee has been a part of the group since its formation in 2012.
“The puzzle (in front of us was), ‘How do we transform a bunch of garage doors into a community?'” said Greenlee, who joined Unite! Washougal as a steering member committee and now serves as its organizer and chair. “It was clear to me very early on that Unite! Washougal was going to be a big piece of the answer to that puzzle.”