Lee’s Summit CARES was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Missouri Coalition of the Year by ACT Missouri, the Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Network and the Missouri Division of Behavioral Health.
The Missouri Senate also provided a proclamation acknowledging the prevention work of Lee’s Summit CARES. Both items were awarded at a state-wide conference by Missouri Senator Wayne Wallingford.
Lee’s Summit CARES is a 28-year old nonprofit agency that prevents youth substance abuse and violence in Lee’s Summit.
The Coalition of the Year award celebrates a coalition’s sustained level of excellence, according to ACT Missouri.
Lee’s Summit CARES is also one of 16 coalitions selected through a competitive process to present in Washington, D.C. for drug-free community grantees.
Staff presented on the successful efforts of coalition volunteers to pass the youth tobacco ordinance in 2010. The agency will also be featured in an upcoming national newsletter of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
“Both the state-wide award and national presenter selection demonstrate to Lee’s Summit residents and funders that Lee’s Summit CARES is an exemplary organization that is truly making a difference for young people in our community,” said Kim Fritchie, Lee’s Summit CARES Board President. “This award acknowledges the hard work of coalition volunteers and our small staff to implement effective programs.”