Message from the President-Lauren Mandel

Posted on: Mon, 02/25/2019 - 16:50 By: harry

Wow, it has been a busy 11 months that Keep It Moving has been an official organization with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties. The First Stocking Project benefiting the Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie was completed before we were even an official group. Since then have provided over 800 Narcan Trainings to community members in Orange, Ulster and Dutchess County, delivered over 160 stockings to children in need, and advocated for Opioid misuse programming in Orange County.

Starting a new group requires so much talking, meeting, listening and crying with other people affected by opioid misuse and abuse. It’s a bit intangible but so important as we navigate in this new landscape and journey. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many family and friends directly impacted by opioid overdose and with every tear shed I am more determined to prevent another life lost, family shattered, bright light extinguished.

Keep It Moving is committed to channeling the energy of young people into healthy activities that promote self reliance, confidence, competence and resilience. When young people are healthy they are able to accomplish so much.   I can’t wait to see the positive outcomes from the young people who have the opportunity to engage in the Wild Earth Program.

Words are too limiting to express my gratitude for every donation, word of encouragement and brave person who calls wanting to meet for a Narcan training to potentially save a life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and let’s Keep It Moving in 2019!!

With deep respect and gratitude

Lauren