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Become a Community Leader – Join the Communities Project!


Over 1000 organizers trained in 2018.

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.”

To date, Facing Addiction with NCADD has visited nearly 40 communities and trained close to 1,500 individuals on the basics of community organizing. These trainings have included:

  • An overview of community organizing
  • A discussion of the work carried about by community organizers
  • A conversation on the attributes of an organizer
  • A review of goal development, and the difference between goals, strategies & tactics

After receiving the training, Facing Addiction with NCADD has provided ongoing consultation and technical assistance to the Community Leaders who have led the way in each area we have visited. Once communities use this framework to determine goals, Facing Addiction with NCADD provides a draft community plan in order to attain these goals.

In 2019, Facing Addiction with NCADD will host two separate sets of trainings. The initial training will focus on organizing your community and discuss the manners in which a community can truly unify to take on this issue. The second training, aimed at communities already visited, will focus on using that unified community in order to determine goals and then execute plans.

Our 2019 Training Schedule will be unveiled in the coming months. Please fill out the form below to stay in touch with the latest news around the Communities Project.


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