Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
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January 13, 2015

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Martin Luther King Day of Service and PRO-ACT

We are excited to announce PRO-ACT and The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania's Fourth Annual participation in the city-wide "MLK Day of Service" being held at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center (PRCC), 1701 W. Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia PA 19132, on Monday, January 19th 2015 from 9 am-1 pm
. Come and join over 150 volunteers impacting our community as we clean up the neighborhood and celebrate the memory of Dr. King. MLK Day of service was created to promote year-round volunteerism and civic engagement.

PRO-ACT's Amends in Action committee has organized this event since 2011, partnering with numerous community agencies including: Ready, Willing & Able, MLK365, Net, MinSec, DBH, Global Citizen, and Philadelphia Streets Dept. This committee is always ready to lend a helping hand in the community to help reduce the sigma of addiction and put a positive face and voice on recovery. Participation in the MLK Day of Service is one of the many ways PRO-ACT volunteers positively impact the community in which the disease of addiction has impacted so greatly.

 Each year, participation in this event grows tremendously. In 2011, 85 volunteers from various organizations and the community collected 80 bags of garbage within a 10 block radius from Broad and Lehigh Ave. to 22nd and Lehigh Ave. In 2014, 126 volunteers collected 208 bags. This year we are hoping to make an even greater impact with more volunteers and more garbage bags filled! 

 In addition to cleaning up the neighborhood, participants enjoy light breakfast refreshments, hot beverages, and a warm lunch. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had a vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on a personal level by encouraging them to share and discuss issues that affect their communities in order to increase racial and cultural understanding and unity. Additional activities such as watching the inauguration ceremony of President Barak Obama, black history trivia games, and reflection of the legacy of Dr. King and the civil rights movement have been included to ensure an enjoyable volunteer experience and to promote unity.

So bring your children, neighbors, co-workers and join PRO-ACT on Monday, January 19th, 2015 and be a part of this nationwide experience. For more information on how you and your organization can get involved contact She-Ria Bethea at 215-223-7700 or John Carlson at 215-923-1661.

 MLK Day of Services shows the strength and power of the people to build up a community together and fulfills Dr. King's vision for a better America.

She-Ria Bethea
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator  
Overdose Prevention, Education and Naloxone Response Training

Learn what to do in case of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone.  Hosted by Penn Foundation, 807 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville PA and presented by The Council.  Two opportunities to attend:January 14, 2015 12:30 to 1:30 pm and January 21, 2015 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Email or call David at 215-230-8218 x3162 for questions or to register. 
Certificate in Supporting Youth Recovery
Are you a young person in long-term recovery who is looking to enter the behavioral health workforce to help support young people and their families?  Then we are looking for you!  

The Peer Paraprofessional Certificate in Supporting Youth Recovery goes beyond the current requirements for the Certified Recovery Specialist Credential in Pennsylvania by providing students with enhanced and specialized training to work with youth, adolescents, young adults and their families.  To learn more about the program or complete an application, click here

Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Central Bucks:  Email or call Rick at 215-345-6644
Southern Bucks:  Email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 x100
Philadelphia: Email or call She-Ria at 215-233-7700 or Email John or call 215-923-1661 
Chester, Delaware and Montco: Email or call John at 215-923-1661
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: Email  or call John at 215-923-1661

Expanding Your Recovery Toolkit - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7 - 8:30 pm at SBRCC, 1286 Veterans Hwy., Unit D-6, Bristol.  Learn about the mind-body-spirit connection in recovery.  Email Karen or call 215-788-3738 to register.  

Planning to Sustain Recovery - every Tuesday 7 - 8:30 pm and every Thursday 10 - 11:30 am at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown.  Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To registeremail or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644.  

Gateway to Work every MondayTuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am at SBRCC, 1286, Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown. Get help with resume building, barriers to employment and motivation. Contact Rick at 215-345-6644 or email for more information.

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