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SOAR Summit highlights successes

PIKEVILLE (8-31-18) – Celebrating the organization’s 5th anniversary, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the annual SOAR Summit at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, applauding federal, state and local leaders for overcoming early challenges to drive successful efforts inspired by Shaping Our...

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September declared ‘Recovery Month’

PIKEVILLE (July 31, 2018) – September has been declared “Recovery Month” in Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin, in signing the proclamation Friday, said he wanted “to encourage more people to seek and embark on a path of recovery.” Joining the governor at the East Kentucky Expo Center during the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) fifth annual summit, were U.S. Fifth District Congressman...

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54 AmeriCorps members to serve with UNITE

Updated 8-28-18 Operation UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 Serve Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools across southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2018-19 school year. Through a $658,800 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE will provide math tutoring, drug prevention and healthy living...

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First Lady to campers: Use your voice

WILLIAMSBURG (7-26-18) – Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, encouraged the 229 youth attending Camp UNITE to make the right choice by staying away from drugs and alcohol in a video message presented on the leadership/adventure program’s final night. “Your positive impact can be so powerful,” Mrs. Trump said. “With your voice, you have the ability to stand up...

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Sports balls donated by AHA

More than 400 basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, footballs and balls of all types have been donated to Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) for distribution throughout southern and eastern Kentucky. The sports balls were donated by the American Heart Association in a special media event held on Wednesday, July 25 on the campus of the University of the...

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Free Casey’s Law training

The KY HELP Statewide Call Center, coordinated by Operation UNITE, invites you to attend a FREE training on Casey’s Law, to be held at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, KY, on July 18, 2018. The trainings will be conducted by Charlotte Wethington (mother of Casey Wethington, for whom the Matthew Casey Wethington Act is named) and Joan Arlinghaus. Two three-hour...

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5 Shoot Hoops camps planned

Five free, regional Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be conducted between June 18 through June 28. Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson – who was part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad – will conduct these three-hour camps. All school-age...

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Hammons honored for volunteerism

FRANKFORT (5-30-18) – Benji Hammons, a former UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) member, received the National Service Alumni Award for her volunteer and service contributions at the 23rd Annual Kentucky Governor’s Service Awards Wednesday, May 30, at the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. Hammons, a Laurel County resident who served as an AmeriCorps member at Cold Hill Elementary School from...

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22 students awarded scholarships

Twenty-two high school seniors have been selected to receive 2018 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $33,000 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from private donations to Operation UNITE.   “These scholarships honor youth who have excelled – not only this year, but throughout...

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Vouchers helped Drug Court grads

SOMERSET – “I felt like there was no hope, that I would always be an addict,” said Aaron “Cody” O’Connor, reflecting on his return to jail a few years ago after failing a Drug Court drug screening. “I (finally) realized I wanted help, I just didn’t know how to get it.” Upon qualifying for an Operation UNITE Treatment Voucher, O’Connor was able to enter long-term residential...

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