WALLINGFORD —The Coalition for a Better Wallingford will hold a fundraiser next week to raise money for a new initiative to combat drug use.
The fundraiser will be held March 12 from 5 to 9 p.m at Chipotle, 1098 N. Colony Road. Fifty percent of all sales will go to the Coalition, a non-profit that formed in 2012 to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic.
“We’re always looking to partner with local organizations that benefit our communities,” Chipotle spokeswoman Kelsey Quinn said.
To participate in the fundraiser, customers should present the event flyer to the cashier at the check-out.
Coalition for a Better Wallingford founder Ken Welch said the money will be used to launch “Community Unity” – a campaign to combat “risky behavior” among youths by bringing different community groups together to “start a conversation” about prevention, Welch said.
“We’re excited,” Welch said about the fundraiser. “It’s nice when corporate America can step up and support a little non-profit like ours.”
One of the campaign’s programs – “Safe Homes” – will ask parents to pledge to only have drug and alcohol-free parties at their home. Another, “Bring Back the Neighborhood,” will organize meet-and-greets in different neighborhoods between residents and town officials.
Welch said the non-profit tries to partner with local businesses to hold a fundraiser once a month. The events also raise awareness, Welch said, because Coalition members are able to talk to people about the opioid epidemic.