Champions UNITE McCreary County Coalition


Coalition Meetings

1:30 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the conference room at Somerset Community College’s McCreary Center, Building 2, 250 College Street, Whitley City.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1235, Whitley City, KY 42653.

UNITE Coalition Coordinator

Dawn, 606-330-1420 (work), 606-682-2378 (cell)

Project Director

Monica King – 606-376-7100 (office),

Coalition Officers


The Lord’s Gym

LordsGymLogoOne of the strengths of the McCreary Coalition is its ability to provide activities for its youth at The Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center. Open four days a week, the facility is averaging 125 youth attending each day. The gym offers basketball programs, a baseball pitching machine, weight room, video gaming stations, computer homework/tutoring lab, a music lab with guitars, piano and drums, and self-defense classes.

Community Partners

The following partnerships are in place to support the coalition: Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center, McCreary County Board of Education, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Adanta Regional Prevention Center, Operation UNITE, Lake Cumberland Health Department, Somerset Community College, Eagle Youth and Family Development Center, McCreary County Fiscal Court, McCreary County judicial agencies, and many local businesses.

Prayer gathering

Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. community members come together for prayer and discussion at The Gathering Place in Whitley City. Drug abuse is everybody’s problem and it is time to do something about it. Come together McCreary County and see the power of prayer.


McCreary County News

A reason to say no to drugs

A reason to say no to drugs

MT. VERNON – A new drug prevention initiative designed to provide youth another way to resist peer pressure to experiment with drugs was launched in Rockcastle County Tuesday, October 14. The “Give Me A Reason” program – a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and Operation UNITE – will provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents...

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1,600 pounds of pills collected

1,600 pounds of pills collected

Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” noted Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the...

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UNITE collects nearly 1 ton of pills

UNITE collects nearly 1 ton of pills

Nearly 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. The 1,933.2 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs filled 114 cartons. This total does not include any medications brought to other...

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Union College honors UNITE

BARBOURVILLE – Operation UNITE was honored by Union College for its “civic responsibility” to the citizens of southern and eastern Kentucky – and the nation as a whole – during its Spring Convocation ceremony on Thursday, January 23. Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins presented the award. Accepting the award on behalf of UNITE was Dale Morton, communications director. Text of...

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Rx Summit to be held in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Nathan Deal (R-GA) joined several state and national leaders at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, January 23, to announce that the 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. This Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals on the prescription drug abuse issue and will be...

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