The Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition today announced that its drug prevention coalition received a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The grant allows to the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition to continue its work to reduce alcohol use by underage youth; reduce tobacco, e-cigarette, and nicotine use; intensify efforts on the newly emerging issue of e-cigarettes; and reduce marijuana use in the various forms (dabs, waxes, vaping, etc.).The coalition addresses a critical need for drug prevention as these are direct issues that drain our county’s resources.
The Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is a county-wide community coalition working to establish and strengthen community collaborations that support policies and community norms that serve to reduce youth substance use. Research has shown that for every dollar put into prevention, the community gets $7-$10 back in savings. “Together, by investing in an effective community-based drug prevention strategy and supporting the adult and youth leaders that carry out this critical work we know that we can have an incredible impact on the lives of the people in our community. We truly believe that youth substance abuse is no one’s fault, but prevention is everyone’s responsibility and that belief drives our prevention efforts. In the future, we envision a safe and healthy community free of substance abuse among our youth and families in Kandiyohi County.” said Laura Daak, Coalition Coordinator.
About the Otto Bremer Foundation
Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The Foundation strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities in the places that are homes and neighbors to Bremer banks—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone’s reach. The Otto Bremer Foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank, and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. This means that a large portion of bank profit is invested back in local communities through grants and program-related investments.