Our Vision
We believe preventing and reducing youth substance use is a collective responsibility. We envision a community-wide collaboration to promote safe, healthy and positive youth development in Hampden and Wilbraham. Together, using effective, evidence-based public health and educational strategies, we can reduce youth substance use so that our young people will have the best opportunity to grow into strong, happy, healthy, productive adults.

Who We Are
We are a diverse group of community members and agencies working to reduce youth substance use in the broader context of promoting physical health, mental health, and safety for all Hampden-Wilbraham students. The Coalition is coordinated by the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District and supported by a five-year grant from the federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) program, awarded in the fall of 2014. Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, this program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country.

The Drug Free Communities model engages representatives from a variety of community sectors:


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In Hampden-Wilbraham, the Coalition is comprised of a far-reaching and growing list of individual stakeholders of parents, guardians, youth, area professionals, local legislators, and other interested people, as well as community partners such as:

Above the Influence MRHS Student Club, Al-Anon , American Medical Response , American Society of Suicide Prevention, Baystate Medical Center ,Bethlehem Church , Big Y ,Behavioral Health Network, CHD, Christ the King Epiphany Church , Collaborative for Educational Services , Crossroads Agency , CVS Pharmacy , Evangel Assembly of God Church , Wilbraham Jr. Women's Club , Hampden Board of Health , Hampden County District Attorney’s Office ,Hampden County Addiction Task Force , Hampden County District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board , Hampden Police Department ,H-W Parents and Guardians , Hampden Public Library ,Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee , Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District , Institute for Health and Recovery , Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine ,CHD Goodwin House , Learn to Cope , Luso Federal Credit Union , Margolis Orthodontics , Medical Reserve Corps of Hampden and Wilbraham , Mercy Hospital ,Mental Health Association, Inc. , Monson Savings Bank , HWRSD Student Representatives , Pathways for Parents , Rick’s Place , St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church , Springfield Catholic Diocese , State Representative Brian Ashe ,State Representative Angelo Puppolo, State Senator Eric Lesser , Ultimate Party , United Way of Pioneer Valley , University of Massachusetts School of Public Health, Western MA Parents Support Group ,Wilbraham Fire Department , Wilbraham Hampden Rotary Club ,Wilbraham-Hampden Times , Wilbraham Public Access , Wilbraham Select Board , Wilbraham United Church ,Wilbraham Public Library , Wilbraham Park and Recreation Department , Wilbraham Police Department, Wilbraham Select Board , and YMCA Scantic Valley.


Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth

Sector Representatives/Steering Committee


                        Serenity Greenwood, Hampden Parent



                        Alexandra Karpinski, MRHS Student


                        Mike Roy, HWRSD Athletic Director


            Business Community  

                        Maureen Margolis, DDS, MS Margolis Orthodontics



                        Anthony Aube, Executive Director, Wilbraham Public Access


            Healthcare Professionals

                        Teri Brand, BSN, RN, NCSN, HWRSD Nurse Leader, Wilbraham Board of Health Advisory Committee


            Law Enforcement

                        Chief Jeff Farnsworth, Hampden Police Department

                        HWRSD SRO Dan Menard, Wilbraham Police Department


            Religious/Fraternal Organizations

                        Reverend Ralph Clark, Evangel Assembly of God Church

                        Larry N. Ottoson, President , Zbigniew (Joe) Kielczewski, Member, Rotary Club of Wilbraham Hampden



                        Kathy Fuss, Wilbraham Junior Women’s Club


            State/Local Government

                        Anthony G. Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney, District Attorney Office


            Youth-Serving Agencies

                        Dexter Johnson, CEO & President, Springfield YMCA, Debbie Kelder, Executive Director,

                        Scantic Valley YMCA


            Other Organizations with Expertise in Substance Abuse  

                        Jennifer Elkas, MSW, LICSW, Senior Care Coordinator, BHN Intensive Care Coordination


Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth

United for Safe, Healthy, and Drug-free Communities


Updated December 2018