LEE COUNTY COALITION FOR A DRUG-FREE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INC

aka Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL   |   Fort Myers, FL   |  www.drugfreeswfl.org

Mission

Our Mission:
Reduce substance abuse in Lee County by raising awareness of prevention resources through collaboration, education and inspiration


Our Values:
• Collaboration is the pathway to accomplishing our goals
• Individual ,family, community engagement is key to prevention
• Prevention saves lives and money



Our Goals
Community Mobilization to Include 12 Sectors of the Community
• Youth
• Parents
• Businesses
• Media
• Schools
• Youth serving organizations
• Law enforcement
• Faith based community
• Civic and volunteer groups
• Health care professionals
• State, local or tribal agencies
• Other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah Comella

Main address

3763 Evans Avenue #202

Fort Myers, FL 33901 USA

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EIN

59-3052892

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida works to reduce substance abuse in Lee County. This is done through a combination of data collection to provide data based prevention, prevention awareness events, and media campaigns.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lee County Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida coordinates community observances for Red Ribbon Week, each year October 23-30. The Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony honors local high school students for their athletic and academic achievements, and the Red Ribbon Celebration showcases Lee County's Drug Free Kids.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

This Walk Through Play illustrates the deadly consequences of drinking and driving

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Open discussion with Lee County adolescents, in partnership with the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Limited number of adult participants allow teens to freely express their views, questions and concerns about alcohol and drug use.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

Drug-proofing our kids through after school activities designed to help them make good choices in their lives

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Drug House Odyssey - A Lee County Prevention Event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1350 students, teachers, parents, youth group members and community prevention advocates attended this year's Drug House Odyssey

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in substance abuse

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Prevention services are provided in Lee County by the School District of Lee County, Lee Memorial Trauma Services, the Hanley Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Clubs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cooperative program with the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Olympic Track Club, Oasis Charter Middle School and the Cape Coral Police Department to provide SADD Clubs at their locations

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Provide families with the tools needed to raise and nuture resilient children
2. To provide Drug House Odyssey - A Lee County Prevention Event to at least 2,000 Lee County fifth graders
3. To continue the Lee County Safe RX Campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse

Work with community partners, including the media, to support families as they work to raise drug resilient children who are able to make good choices

Work with a broad based community coalition to provide Drug House Odyssey - A Lee County Prevention Event to the community

Work with the Safe RX Task Force to continue to train physicians in responsible prescribing practices regarding opiates

1. The Coalition has a broad base of community support
2. The Coalition has a strong and stable Board of Directors

Drug House Odyssey has been an effective prevention event for 26 years in Lee County

The Coalition is able to mobilize the media and community partners when necessary to inform families of current issues

The Coalition has a well organized educational outreach program that includes educational conferences and events to reach families, teachers, addictions counselors and others in Lee County who work with children and families

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Coalition has implemented virtual prevention training and information in the community to respond to the Covid 19 epidemic

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LEE COUNTY COALITION FOR A DRUG-FREE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jonathan Engh

Busey Bank Commercial Banking

Term: 2013 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Dan Mills

WINK-TV

Term: 2015 - 2018

Stacey Cook Hawk

SalusCare

Syndi Bultman

Lee Memorial Health System

Mary Fischer

School Board of Lee County

Odilia Petracca

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Kevin Mace

The Hanley Center

Omar Rieche

Rieche Medical Office

Leslie Robinson

Street Chicks in Recovery

Kevin Kertin

BB&T Oswald Trippe and Co.

Pam Peters

Busey Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.