WHEELING — The Community Impact Coalition of Wheeling and the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network in Weirton have been awarded a $125,000 federal grants to help prevent youth substance abuse.
The federal funding is allocated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities Support Program.
Martha Polinsky, senior project coordinator for the Community Impact Coalition, said her organization has been awarded a grant for its ninth year of funding in a 10-year cycle through its managing agency, Youth Services System Inc. of Wheeling.
Polinsky said, “Impact applied and was awarded the grant in 2009 and continues to be funded due to its ability to levy community leaders and implement research-based strategies. The coalition has implemented hundreds of activities over the past eight years to reduce youth alcohol, marijuana and opiate use.”
The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network is getting money as the fiscal agent for Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention, the community coalition of Brooke and Hancock counties.
Mary Ball, ASAP coordinator, said the grant represents its eighth year of funding in a 10-year cycle. She said, “It’s