The Municipal Drug Alliance was established nearly 17 years ago through a national drug and alcohol free grant. At first, the Alliance was a small group of businesses and citizens that launched a small series of pilot programs for all age levels. The programs were designed to get out the message of being a drug and alcohol free community while bringing the community together through educational and recreational events.
Today, the Alliance is a staple in the township’s community. The Alliance now consists of several citizens, local businesses, elected and appointed officials, and local government agencies.
Programs that started with an attendance of very few now end up having several hundred partaking in several events throughout the year. Such events include:
National Night Out Against Crime
Celebrated in neighborhoods country-wide, Alliance members step out into the community educating people about the benefits of maintaining a drug free community.
Held on the night before Halloween, hundreds of students gather in one location to eat and dance the night away, all with the presence of alliance members, the Union Police Department Community Relations Unit, and parents. This program keeps the kids off the streets and promotes having fun without being mischievous.
Become a Member
These are just some of the several programs the Alliance runs or sponsors. We are constantly trying to bring in new programming to suit our community’s needs. With that, the Alliance is open to suggestions and thankful for acquiring new members. The Alliance meets once a month, and all meetings are open to the public. Meetings take place in the Bonnell Room at the Municipal Building on the 4th Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July and August. If you are interested in becoming a member, feel free to email our Coordinator, Paul Fernandez.