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Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA's mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy, drug-free communities. This member-based organization offers technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. While targeted to its members, its website provides useful information, such as the coalition toolkit section. This section includes information on funding, media strategy, public policy, research, and training.

Community Toolbox
This website promotes community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources by offering users how-to tools that explain how to do the different tasks necessary for community health and development. For example, this website offers sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation, each of which includes a description of the task, the advantages of carrying it out, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials. Also provided are links to hundreds of other helpful web pages and list serves in areas such as funding, health, education, and community issues. In addition, there is a trouble-shooting guide and a community grant application for support in preparing requests for funders.

Cops in Shops
This program is a partnership between retailers and law enforcement that helps to stop illegal underage alcohol purchases and prevent adults from purchasing for minors. Cops in Shops programs operate in hundreds of communities in more than 40 states. Posing as store employees, undercover officers step forward when an illegal purchase is attempted. Rather than being shooed out of one store and moving on to the next, the underage offender alcohol buyer talks to a real police officer about losing his or her license, perhaps being arrested, going to court (with mom or dad, of course), and being subject to a fine or other penalty.

Creating Lasting Connections
Creating Lasting Connections is a program of COPES, Inc. COPES provides consultation, education, and training services on substance abuse prevention specifically in the youth and families area. Users will find publications and information related to Creating Lasting Connections, a program designed for training parents and youth, as well as other programs.

Developmental Research and Programs
This website furthers the goal of translating current research findings into programs and services for promoting healthy development of children and families in communities. Users will find information about Communities That Care, Preparing for Drug-Free Years, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies, and publications related to those initiatives.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is designed to improve the quality of people's lives by nurturing the arts, protecting and restoring the environment, seeking cures for diseases, and helping to protect children from abuse and neglect. The website, which is part of Foundation Center's website describes the Doris Duke history, programs and financial information.

Drug Strategies
This website furthers the mission of Drug Strategies to promote more effective approaches to the nation's drug problem and support private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through community initiatives. Users will find many reports available for downloading or ordering, some of which include assessing community coalitions and addressing drug policy at the state level.

Enterprise Foundation
This national housing and community development organization works with partners to provide low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets, and access to jobs and child care. The website includes listservs, resources, tools, products, and training information.

Executive Office for Weed and Seed
Weed and Seed is a strategy within the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs that incorporates community-based initiatives. It is an innovative and comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization. This site offers information about current events related to weed and seed, publications, technical assistance information, success stories, and funding resources.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement
FIRM is led by a coalition of grassroots community organizations working on behalf of immigration reform and immigrant rights. The coalition consists of organizing networks, statewide immigrant rights coalitions, and faith-based and low-income groups. The website provides information about the principles, policy goals and strategies of the coalition. There are also news sections, action alerts and press releases in both English and Spanish.

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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.