As you may know, the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is partially funded by the Drug Free Communities Program (DFC) until September 2018. Given reports that the President’s 2018 budget could propose that funding for the DFC program be eliminated, as of September 2017 – we need your help to protect the program, its funding and ASK’s future. Congress ultimately determines and appropriates all of the funding for every federal program. That is why we need your help to get the maximum support from as many Senators as possible!

A “Dear Colleague” letter is currently circulating in the Senate, sponsored by Senators Grassley and Feinstein, in support of funding the DFC program at the highest possible level. YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO THIS ALERT IS CRITICAL as Senators are deciding in the next few weeks what their priorities for 2018 are, and the more alerts a Senator gets from constituents on this issue, the more likely they are to sign onto the letter and support funding the DFC program.

Here’s how you can make a HUGE difference today:

1. Email your Senator’s to ensure that funding the DFC program is one of their top priorities for 2018. To contact your legislators, click here(The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) system allows you to automatically send CADCA’s sample letter on this issue to your legislators from their website. – your participation is critical and it only takes two minutes!)

2. Spread the word. Text a friend. Forward this email. Post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The more alerts that a Senator gets from constituents, the more likely they are to support the DFC program.

3. Make a donation. The Alliance for Safe Kids’ DFC grant funding will ultimately expire in September 2018 (or much sooner if support for DFC is denied) and we will need the complete support of the community to continue to inform and empower teens to make healthy decisions, as well arming adults with information they need to keep their children safe.

Thank you so much for your time and support. It truly takes a village to raise a child.