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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jessi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Anne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.