In October 2017, PBS released a poll with a shocking number – despite the fact that overdoses are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, 58% of those surveyed said they did not believe that addiction was a national emergency.
The answer to this perception problem is community organizing, which Oxford Living Dictionaries defines as, “The coordination of cooperative efforts and campaigning carried out by local residents to promote the interests of their community.” In 2017, Facing Addiction began this work through our pilot community project, where we visited 15 communities and hosted, in partnership with our local partner organizations, our Community Organizing Training. We met and trained over 500 individuals in community organizing, and these organizers are now working to move the ball forward in their communities. You can read about the work of our pilot community project here.
In 2018, Facing Addiction will train 1,000 organizers in communities across the United States. We believe this is the next critical step in moving the issues important to our cause to the front of the agenda. In order to train 1,000 organizers, Facing Addiction will visit 25 different communities, and work with these communities to do the following:
- Host a training on community organizing skills
- Develop goals aimed at raising community awareness
- Identify additional goals necessary in each community
- Design strategies & tactics in order to attain these goals, with ongoing assistance from Facing Addiction
The communities will each be led by a Community Leader, who will be trained by Facing Addiction and serve as both a lead facilitator of the project, and as the community’s primary liaison to Facing Addiction.
To submit an application for your community, please click here.
Email Facing Addiction’s Director of Outreach & Engagement, Michael King, at [email protected] with any questions.