July 21, 2015 Heroin Summit - Monday, August 03, 2015

 On July 21, 2015 SAFE in partnership with CCPD held it's first Central Virginia Heroin Prevention Summit. The diverse group of presenters spoke on the devastating heroin epidemic in Central Virginia and the "New Face" of heroin. 78 people attended and the event was highly evaluated! Thank you to all who participated!

2015 Governor's Transportation Safety Award for Impaired Driving2015 Governor's Transportation Safety Award for Impaired Driving - Monday, August 03, 2015

 This year SAFE was honored with the 2015 Governor's Transportation Safety Award Impaired Driving for reducing alcohol related crashes among 18-24 year olds by 25 percent. Pictured is SAFE Executive Director Regina Whitsett, and our partners Chesterfield County Police Department and Virginia State Police.


Interested in Becoming a Teen Ambassador? - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 Teen Ambassadors are high school sophomore, junior and senior volunteers who represent Chesterfield County and SAFE as an ambassador of goodwill.  As a representative of the county, ambassadors are public figures bringing the positive message of living a lifestyle free of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use.  Ambassadors will have the option to receive training and education on the harmful effects of substance abuse to the community.  Ambassadors will have the opportunity to represent the county on task force groups, at public events and/or provide friendship to elementary-aged children after school to deliver substance-free messages and help with homework. Click the link below to download the 2015-2015 Teen Ambassador Application!

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You are invited to attend You are invited to attend "Just Say Yes...to Prevention and Recovery." - Monday, March 09, 2015

This community event is sponsored by SAFE to be held at Woodlake United Methodist Church, located at 15640 Hampton Park Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832, on Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  A short version of the movie, "Anonymous People" will be shown.  Click here for more information.

No Need For Weed VA Campaign No Need For Weed VA Campaign - Thursday, January 15, 2015

Join us at the Central Virginia Marijuana Prevention Task Force Meetings!  We meet the fourth Monday of each month from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Building, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield, VA 23832.  Our mission is to engage and empower Virginia communities to reduce and prevent marijuana use.

Click on the photo for a word from our Executive Director - Monday, January 05, 2015


Interested in Working for SAFE - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

 SAFE is currently looking for a part time fiscal assistant bookkeeper. Duties include weekly check requests, payroll, and other accounting responsibilities. For more information, please view the job description. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the position, please email your resume with contact information to whitsett@chesterfieldsafe.org.

AmazonSmile - Friday, December 12, 2014

 Please visit www.smile.amazon.com and search Substance Abuse Free Environment (Chesterfield,1999) to add as your charitable organization. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Donations will aid in engaging our community in working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Thank you for helping us keep Chesterfield County SAFE!

SAFE's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been released!SAFE's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been released! - Monday, September 15, 2014

On October 21, SAFE released this year's electronic annual report and celebrated the accomplishments of the past year with nearly 70 community partners and friends at the Community Ideas Station. SAFE's annual meeting highlighted the introduction of several new board members, upcoming and continuing community strategies, and our award recipients. An invitation was also issued to "Come Grow With Us" by investing time, energy and monetary resources to continue the work of SAFE in the community. 

Click here to enjoy our 2013-2014 Annual Report! 


SAFE Latino Coalition Partners with Businesses for Alcohol-Free Zone Project - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Local business owner, Jay Admin, wants to make a difference in his community. By posting a bi-lingual Alcohol-Free-Zone Project sign, he joined community efforts to decrease public consumption of alcohol at off-premise retail outlets, and is helping to warn and educate his customers about the law.        

Admin said that two of his customers died in an accident on Bells Road as a result of drinking and driving. One of them was only 29 years old. “I have a commitment to my community,” he said. “I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.”


The SAFE Latino Coalition, is actively seeking partnerships with area off-premise retail establishments in Chesterfield County, Richmond and the surrounding areas. This program is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Click here for more information on how to get involved.


Photo: (L to R): CCPD Officer Oscar Ortega, Jay Admin, a local business owner, and Juan Santacoloma, Chesterfield County Public Affairs multicultural liaison and chairman of the SAFE Latino Coalition, post the first Alcohol-Free Zone sign on an establishment along Jefferson Davis Highway.

SAFE Latino Coalition Meeting- January 28, 2014SAFE Latino Coalition Meeting- January 28, 2014 - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SAFE Latino Coalition is actively visiting off-premise alcohol retailers, bringing much-needed education about alcohol and drug abuse to neighborhoods and creating a Spanish media campaign.

Come be a part of what's happening. Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 28, 3 -5p.m. at Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield. Click here for meeting dates.

The meetings are held in Spanish and translated into English.This meeting is open to Latinos and non-Latinos from Chesterfield County and surrounding areas. Juan Santacoloma, Chesterfield County Multi-Cultural Liaison, is the coalition chair. 

Stop Youth Access of Tobacco and Nicotine ProductsStop Youth Access of Tobacco and Nicotine Products - Monday, March 24, 2014

Beginning July 1, 2014 retailers are banned from selling electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to minors. This new legislation also mandates that all retailers post a sign with the updated language stating that the sale of e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to any person under 18 years of age is prohibited by law. SAFE Tobacco Taskforce is doing a Merchant Education Initiative during the summer months in which they are visiting designated merchants and supplying them with information, education and tools relating to the July 1 law.  For more tools and tips about this law, visit www.fda.gov/BreakTheChain.  

Click here to see a powerful ad regarding kids and smoking.

Drinks Could Cost More Than You Think - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SAFE is running a media campaign to create awareness of the cost of a DUI. The campaign is focused on preventing alcohol-related crashes among young adults 18-26 years old. SAFE is also partnerting with state and local police to increase enforcement. Click on the picture to view the commercial. Click here for costs of receiving a DUI.

Prevent cough medicine abuse - Friday, November 15, 2013

The percentage of youths in Chesterfield County abusing over-the-counter  medicines containing the chemical DXM (a cough suppressant) is more than three times the national average (click here for statistics). DXM is an ingredient in more than 100 cough and combined cough/cold medicines in the form of liquids, capsules, tablets and lozenges. Parents should look for the message pictured above, which is printed on the packaging of all medicines containing DXM. Keep these medicines secure, monitor quantities and talk to your children about the dangers of abuse.

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REALITY - Tuesday, August 28, 2012