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IDIPIC deserves our support | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

It is with a great deal of pleasure and gratitude that Central Whidbey Youth Coalition (CWYC) recently presented the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County with a $2,000 donation.

Central Whidbey Youth Coalition came into existence as a substance-abuse prevention coalition to serve youth and adults from Central Whidbey Island. We began in 2002 and closed our office in December 2007, after federal funding stopped. We were part of the federal Drug Free Community Grant system, and we collaborated with many partners on Whidbey Island.

Since 2008, board president Charlene Price and I have attempted to maintain our mission through support of any nonprofit organization that has youth as its primary concern. We have decided it is time to close our 501(C)3 organization since we cannot continue our prevention mission alone.

We feel strongly that IDIPIC does the absolute best job when it comes to substance-abuse prevention, and the education of all Island County teens concerning impaired driving. IDIPIC supports teens to make healthy decisions, especially when it comes to using drugs or alcohol.

It is our fervent hope that other Island County organizations will meet our challenge to donate dollars to IDIPIC in continued support of this all-important work.

Thank you, JoAnn, and thanks to your terrific board of directors who have supported such essential outreach, day after day, via public panels and community service on many levels.

Charlene Price

CWYC President

Mike Diamanti

CWYC Vice President

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