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Public Forum to be held Dec. 12 on Enhancing Existing Opioid Addiction Services in Gloucester

Gloucester County will be hosting small table discussions on enhancing existing opioid addiction services in the community Dec. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gloucester Main Library Community Room. Service providers, family, friends, those in recovery, or anyone impacted by the crisis are encouraged to attend and share their experiences and recommendations. 

Gloucester is slated to receive an estimated total of $678,362 distributed in annual installments through fiscal year 2039 from the Commonwealth’s Opioid Abatement Fund. This fund is a result of a $26 billion national settlement with opioid distributors and manufacturers. The County is using the Dec. 12 forum and other means to receive public input to help guide decisions on how the funding will be allocated within the County to help combat the opioid epidemic locally. 

Individuals who are unable to attend the forum but would like to provide input are invited to do so through the “Opioid Remediation Settlement Funds Use-Public Feedback” by clicking here.

The funding must be utilized to treat, prevent, or reduce opioid use disorder or the misuse of opioids through evidence-based or evidence-informed methods, programs, or strategies. Examples of eligible expenditures include medication-assisted treatment; prevention programs; support for those in treatment and recovery; to address the needs of pregnant or parenting women; research; training and more. 

According to Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren, Gloucester has had 20 opioid overdose deaths in the last two years. 

“Even one death due to drug overdose is one too many,” said Steve Wright, Gloucester’s Deputy County Administrator, who is overseeing the program locally. “Our intent is to use this and other community engagement opportunities to learn first-hand from our citizens who are or have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis. We want to know how we can best utilize this funding to help our residents and work to combat this terrible epidemic.” In order to help staff prepare for this event, attendees are requested to RSVP by clicking here. Any questions regarding the forum can be directed to Steve Wright at swright@gloucesterva.info or 804-693-4042, or Gloria Williams, Community Engagement and Public Information Manager at gwilliams@gloucesterva.info or 804-693-5730.  


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GCSO Accepting Donations for Toys for Tots Program

The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office is once again participating in the Toys For Tots Program. This program collects and distributes toys for less fortunate children during the Christmas season.
For the convenience of the public, there is a donation box located in the lobby of the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. The box will be available for donations until December 10, 2022. If you decide to donate a toy, they ask that the toy be new, in original packaging, and unwrapped.

If you feel that your children or another family could benefit from the program, please click here to register.


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Rappahannock Community College Enrolling for Spring 2023 Term

Rappahannock Community College is now enrolling for the spring 2023 semester. With campuses and sites in Glenns, Warsaw, King George, New Kent, and Montross offering in-person and online options.

RCC offers a rolling admissions process allowing students to begin and continue their educational journey when the timing is right for them. From workforce credentialing to college credits toward an associate degree or transfer degree; skills training to high school dual enrollment.

In addition to the traditional sources of financial aid and tuition assistance available, RCC students can apply for scholarships, and state sources like G3 and FastForward. Virginia’s G3—Get a Skill, Get a Job, Get Ahead—provides tuition help for those studying certain programs in IT, public safety, healthcare, skilled trades, and early childhood education. FastForward helps students pursuing short-term workforce training for the most in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth.

RCC Navigators and Financial Aid Specialists are ready to help anyone take the next step. Enrollment is on-going and classes begin January 17.

Visit www.rappahannock.edu, call 804-333-6730, or email advisor@rappahannock.edu for assistance.


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A Message from Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue

“On Tuesday, Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad received at least 17 calls for service in an 8-hour period, about 4 times our normal call volume for that timeframe. Our staff was able to respond to 16 of the calls with Abingdon Fire and Rescue picking up the 17th. On another recent evening, we received 7 calls within an hour, transporting 8 patients. The handling of all these calls was a tremendous effort by our on-call staff as well as many others that stepped up to help. Our call volume is constantly increasing and we are in search of new volunteers to join our dedicated team of Firefighters and EMTs.

If you’re interested in serving our community, please visit http://www.gvfrs.org/join/ for more information and to download our application. Training is provided.”