Fund focuses on healthy and positive lifestyle choices

October 9, 2015

Pictured: CACY Executive Director Tracee Anderson

Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) recently established a designated fund at the Richland County Foundation. Anyone can donate to this fund online or by writing a check to the RCF with the fund noted in the memo line.

CACY is one of the oldest surviving countywide substance abuse prevention coalitions recognized by the State of Ohio and the federal government. CACY has received numerous awards for their strong evidence-based prevention programs delivered throughout the Richland County community.

CACY Board of Trustee President Tammy Wurthmann said setting up the fund at the Foundation has been a long term goal of the organization and marked a monumental day for the nonprofit agency.

“CACY is financially sound today because of the hard work and dedication to continuing the cause by Executive Director Tracee Anderson,” said Wurthmann.

Anderson said CACY’s board of trustees has been financially prudent and the nonprofit is on solid financial and operational ground.

CACY was founded in 1978 by a group of local parents who were concerned about the drug and alcohol use by youth in the community. They met with school counselors and administrators and formed a program to educate parents and youth about the dangers of substance use and how to avoid risk taking situations. That program grew from hosting qualified trainers and educators to becoming an accredited social service agency through the Ohio Department of mental Health and Addiction Services employing several certified prevention educators.

CACY continues to offer alcohol, tobacco, drug, problem gambling and violence prevention education and resources to the Richland County community. All programs are conducted toward the goal of increasing individual assets for youth, families and community members to develop healthy, capable, caring citizens who value themselves, others in the community and who make positive, healthy lifestyle choices.

CACY works to encourage the quality of life and positive development of youth and families by promoting a drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free way of life through direct prevention education activities done in coordination with youth serving providers, parents, community members, business representatives, law enforcement, and schools to make a healthier, safer place to live in Richland County.

For more information visit the CACY website .


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