SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc.)

Rating: 4.95 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Education

Location: P.O. Box 35413 North Chesterfield, VA 23235 VA 23235 USA

Mission: SAFE engages our community in working together to prevent substance abuse.
Results: Some of SAFE's successes include a decrease in inhalant abuse among eighth-graders by 63% since 2005, from twice the national average to well below it. SAFE has partnered with air conditioning companies, who have installed over 2,500 free locking caps on A/C units to prevent huffing of refrigerant. SAFE's compliance checks initiative has led to a 75% reduction in alcohol sales to minors.
Target demographics: prevent substance abuse
Geographic areas served: the community of Chesterfield County
Programs: inhalant abuse prevention, marijuana use prevention, underage drinking prevention, alcohol-related crashes prevention,smoking prevention, and prescription drug abuse prevention.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 54-1936878
804-796-7100
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of speaking in front of a senior class in 2009 about the dangers of beach week. It was because of SAFE that I had the opportunity to talk to the students about my experiences in hopes that the students would be able to relate and also take some helpful pointers along with them. SAFE is a great program and targets both students and parnets and helps educate both of them and the dangers of alcohol.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue the good work

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Rating: 5 stars  

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In March 2010, I was really trying to find an opportunity where I could give back to the community. I myself have a history with substance abuse, have recently turned my life around and knew from the begin ing that this is the area I was interested in. I attended a meeting at John Tyler Community College for the organization called "Red Watch Band". It was there that I met two women whose mission was to bring awareness to college students about the dangers of binge drinking. Sitting in that meeting I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to introduce myself to these women, tell them my story, and ask how I could get involved. So that's exactly what I did, and was first introduced to the organization called SAFE. I started going to meetings and met all those involved with the organization. I must say, that I absolutely believe 100% in their mission and their ability to accomplish it. You couldn't ask for a more passionate group of employees and volunteers. Every single person involved with SAFE is a complete asset. I love volunteering and being a part of SAFE.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the community itself. Seeing other people want to get involved and make a difference truly inspires me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding and employment opportunities needed for planning and sustainability of such an awesome organization with such a necessary mission.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely! I was forced to step outside the box and come out of my shell in order to be effective in certain situations. It truly has been life-changing for me and I am so grateful.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I truly am a part of something big that is helping to make that difference in our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE is an extremely commuted member in the community. They strive to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse. While educating the volunteers, they really focused on quality information and communication to enforce their goals. During the entire year,
I felt like an important piece of the community and felt that I had a valid impact.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Elementary school throughout the county. Also, I felt the impacts in my high school because word began to spread about what we were doing. I have seen the name all across the county, even when I was in elementary school, because they are extremely active in supporting a substance abuse-free environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I personally was not able to fully experience what this program does because of schedually conflicts, but from when i was there is was an increadibly fun and educational program. Even fror me as a person who was supposed to teach the lesson I learned so much. Getting to know some of the people at my school I would normally not hang out with was fun as well. This experience, though not fully experience, helped me to stregthen my dislike of drugs and the like in underage children and heightened my want to do more to stop children before they start.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how excited the other imbassitors were and how thrilled Mrs. Morgan was of the results.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more schedual friendly for those involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE focuses on eliminating substance abuse, especially in teens. They have done a remarkable job of developing a coalition of governmental, public and private organizations and agencies to focus on this critical issue and they have been very successful. Great work! Keep it up!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

strengthened partnerships.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE has worked tirelessly to help our community of Chesterfield County VA to be safer for our youth. By developing programs that have targeted inhalant abuse, prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, as well as underage drinking, they have contributed to making this a community that is "safe" for our neighbors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping to increase the public's knowledge about the use and abuse of inhalants of some segments of Chesterfield County youth that have led to decreases in usage from twice the national average to below the national average.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional funding to help this organization to be able to reach more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE is a pro-active community organization. Its focus is on getting young people and adults involved in the prevention and intervention process of dealing with substance abuse. SAFE members also recognize the importance of acknowledging all types of substances that may be abused. To that end, SAFE has recently begun a campaign to address Freon huffing. SAFE's prevention through awareness approach has made a huge difference in this community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a volunteer on a subcommittee.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding opportunies to allow for greater outreach services.

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