COMMITTEES and Task Forces

...members matter in this working, effective, county-wide coalition. The Membership Committee recruits new members, works with current members, and helps members find their committee. 


  • Member Recruiting
  • Member Recognition
  • Membership Maintenance


Comprehensive Community Plan Committee...

The three program areas (prevention, treatment, law enforcement) will begin compiling data for the annual update to our Comprehensive Community Plan. Data is needed from a variety of sources: how many people in the county received treatment, how many drugs were impounded, how many youth were impacted. Call the office for more information and to help collect the data.

Only with good, quality data will we be able to determine the solution to our substance abuse problems in Porter County.

Once collected this committee will review the data to determine what the substance abuse problem looks like in Porter County and why it looks like it does here. This document becomes the coalition's strategic plan. This plan determines programming and funding in the community to fight substance abuse.


...focuses its efforts on the annual Red Ribbon Week. The group's work has expanded to include activities year round. Parades, logo design contests and scholarship awards are just a few of Red Ribbon's many tasks. 


  • October 23rd-31st each year: Red Ribbon Campaign
  • August - October: Poster Contest in all county schools
  • October - Posters public display

...has a goal to reduce the rate of drunk and drugged drivers on the road. Anti-drunk driving billboards, roving patrols, server training and student programs are some of the ways this group works to make our streets safer. 

Meets 3rd Thursday of the month
12:00 noon
Porter County Sheriff's Department

Current Project: First Responder Event in conjunction with PC Coroner Chuck Harris

Programs and Events:

  • DUI Patrols
  • Education Awareness - "Clip & Save" Newspaper Ads
  • DUI Officer of the Year Award
  • Goggles & Golf-cart programs in county high schools
  • Server's Training Sessions at Portage Police Department


DFC Grant Committee...
...has the goal of helping successfully implement the strategic plans outlined in the DFC grant. 

Meeting noted in the calendar

Programs and Events:

  • Community Matters - A community discussion about substance abuse in Porter County for youth
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Awareness Matters - Increasing the community's awareness about substance abus
  • Blunt Truth About Marijuana - Parents and youth can come hear the other side of the story
  • My Kids Matter Program