The following is a list of Grants that
Andover Cares Fund has supported:

The Psychological Center: $1,000
Providing positive results for people with addiction challenges.

MVPASAP - $1,000
Sponsorship of event 9/23/17 featuring Jim Wahlberg’s film “If Only” and The Improbable Players with their most moving program “The End of the Line”

Lawrence General Hospital - $3,000
Natal Critical Care Unit. Babies born to Women with addiction issues 
New furniture and additions to Waiting Room
Area for this specific Department.

AHS - Senior Safari. $500

Andona Society - Exhibiting at Clown Town 2017. $500

Wood Hill Middle School - Mindfulness Retreat & Education for Teachers. $1,500

Zack's Team - Massachusetts based non-profit dedicated to providing scholarships for individuals to obtain substance abuse treatment. $2,500

Parent to Parent  - Speaker Series: Ruth Potee, MD:
"Under Construction: The Teen Brain, Risk Taking, and the Physiology of Addiction" $500

MVPASAP - Sponsor The Improbable Players at Merrimack Valley Regional event & promotional materials. $2,500

AHS - Challenge Day/Be The Change. $1,250

Andonna Society - Exhibiting at Clown Town. $500

MVPASAP - Tent, tables, signage for local grass roots events spreading opioid awareness, education, resources. $1,000

The Psychological Center - Projector, training $500

AHS - Transformative Teaching - Bringing ethics into difficult decisions.  $700

Town of Andover - Community Support Specials; Hidden in Plain Sight. $1,000

ABCA - Andover Days - Resource Tents. $1,750

Parent to Parent
presented with Grant Funding
by Andover Cares

Ruth Potee, MD:
"Under Construction: The Teen Brain, Risk Taking, and the Physiology of Addiction"

(see You Tube on Dr. Potee's talk:
  Physiology of Addiction )

November 2016

 Collins Center, Andover High School

Dr. Potee
You Tube
Opioid addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee explains the relationship between teen risk taking and addiction. Her talk addresses brain development, neuroplasticity and how parents and community members can help prevent addiction by giving adolescent brains time to develop and mature. Learn why the days of thinking of addiction as a moral problem are over. Addiction is a pediatric developmental disease that has origins in childhood trauma, early exposure to substances, and genetics. Learn specifically about the neurobiological effects of marijuana and the potential legalization pitfalls for our adolescents. Dr. Potee is an extremely dynamic and sought after speaker who, in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, has made it her mission to educate the public about the nature of addiction and why it is the only brain disease that is 100% preventable. "It's chemistry, not character."  See YouTube video above.