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The Natick Health Department is currently seeking community volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Natick 180 Steering Committee. Natick 180 is a community Coalition that brings together a wide range of people and resources from around Natick to address the factors that contribute to addiction and to build up the community characteristics that protect against it, fostering conversations about substance use and mental health that are driven by empathy, respect, science and data. Natick 180 builds upon and integrates the work of the Natick Opioid Task Force with Natick Together for Youth (NTY), two community organizations with a history of preventing and reducing substance use disorder in Natick.
The Natick 180 Steering Committee guides the overall work of the Coalition, which focuses on prevention initiatives, increasing access to treatment and recovery services, and sustainability planning to ensure long-term staffing and financial support for Coalition activities. It is a volunteer committee that includes municipal and community leaders from around Natick, including representation from the following organizations/sectors:
In addition to these sectors, the Steering Committee seeks to add community representatives to the Committee in order to ensure that voices from a wide range of personal and/or professional experience are included in all planning. The Steering Committee currently has two (2) vacancies for at-large community representatives.
Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must live or work in Natick, and priority will be given to individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorder or who have otherwise been personally impacted by substance use. Additionally, ideal candidates will have strong connections to communities of color and/or a demonstrated history of advocating for racial equity. People of color strongly encouraged to apply.
Time Commitment: Steering Committee meetings typically occur on the first Wednesday of each month 8:30-10:00 AM. An additional 1-3 hours might be requested some months to address email communications, attendance at special events, and/or volunteer support at Coalition activities.
How to apply: Candidates should submit a letter of interest to Katie Sugarman, Prevention & Outreach Program Manager, Natick Health Department. Letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Natick Health Department, 13 E. Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.
Deadline: Rolling deadline until positions are filled.