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Avalon Lions help fund Peer Mediation camp at Howland's Landing

The Avalon Lions Club has donated nearly $400 to C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse) to help fund an upcoming camp.  The camp, which is designed to train members of the organizations Peer Mediation group, will be held at Howland’s Landing at the Island’s West End.

 

The Peer Mediation program utilizes volunteers from Avalon Schools upper classes—mostly seniors—to help mentor younger students who may be experiencing problems related to drugs, bullying, anger issues or any number of challenges.

 

“Howland’s Landing is a great place to hold this training,” said CHOICES Director Rhonda Kalish.  “It’s a beautiful location, it’s away from the distractions of daily life.  It’s the perfect place to get away from it all and focus on life issues.”

 

The Lions Club donation will help cover the costs of transportation, food and other assorted expenses.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S Receives $10,000 Grant from Southern California Edison

Catalina CHOICES (Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse) was recently named the recipient of a $10,000 grant by Southern California Edison.

 

The grant was announced two weeks ago by Darla Vasquez, Grant Administrator for the utility.

 

“Once again, Edison has shown its commitment to the people of Catalina with this generous donation,” said CHOICES Programs Director Rhonda Kalish.  “We are constantly on the go with our drug prevention and intervention programs here on the island and Edison’s grant is greatly appreciated.  We are beyond happy with their decision,” she said.

 

Kalish said the funding would be used not only for established programs such as Peer Mediation and Movies on the Beach, but for new programs such as “Too Good for Drugs.”

 

CHOICES was founded in 2003 by the late Paxson Offield as a 501(c)3 as a “drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource,” according to the group’s website.