Grass Root Efforts

January 2019
Grass Root Efforts

If community members want to address local social and economic needs and drive change that is meaningful and sustainable, then it must begin at the grass roots level. When people work together for the common good of their local communities, the desired change is successful and sustainable. The result is long term, locally motivated positive change.

The Sussex County Health Coalition believes in collaborative work and collective impact to drive change. Because of this, SCHC put aside funds from grants received to encourage and support local grassroots initiatives.

Take a look at just a few of what that these mini-grants supported:

  • Addiction Medical Facility hosted an open house for community members to learn about their facility, to share recovery information and to demonstrate local support for those battling addiction.
  • Milford High School Promoted addiction and prevention awareness by having their field hockey team wear purple socks at their game against Seaford High School.
  • Woodbridge High School Football team wore purple socks and had a “purple” homecoming
  • Seaford Police Department had purple wristbands made for Friday family events to support prevention messaging
  • The St. Vincent de Paul Society ordered books to be distributed specifically to young children and adolescents who are coping with addiction within their families.
  • The ACE centers (Georgetown and Seaford) ordered purple t-shirts for their entire staff to support awareness and to demonstrate community support at their open houses.
  • Attack Addiction used mini-grant funds to help fund their Reality Tour for young people and their families at the Ocean View Police Department
  • Westside Family Health Care is hosting a baby shower for mothers and having addiction counseling on site for young, struggling mothers
  • Christmas Extravaganza!
  • Pathways to Success


In December, Seaford High School hosted a very special Christmas outreach! Lead by Dr. Julius Mullin and the Impact Leadership cohort, the goal of this amazing outreach was to encourage families who may be experiencing difficulties and challenges during the holidays. Families were treated to a room full of toys from which to select gifts for their families for the upcoming holidays. Hundreds of brand-new toys were purchased from Wal-mart in Seaford with support and in partnership with Cletus and Arekah Reddick of Ridiqlus Musical Productions and Delaware’s IMPACT group. Local and national gospel singing talent provided hours of joyful, inspirational and uplifting song and messaging. Over 400 people were in attendance. Hundreds of faithful volunteers supported this initiative, including the Seaford Botvin Purple Ambassadors.


Pathways to Success serves students at risk of not graduating at Cape Henlopen High School, Milford High School, Seaford High School and Sussex Technical High School. In its 10-year history, 98% of the students have graduated from high school with 96% going on to college, the military or finding full time jobs.

Read what some Seaford High School Students did to support their community around the addiction epidemic with support from Pathways to Success:

  • In October 2018, Seaford High School (SHS) students were able to raise awareness about the Opioid and drug crisis by distributing Seaford Goes Purple brochures and information.
  • The culinary class at SHS baked cookies and cupcakes for the awareness event and were sold in front of the Peebles store in Seaford while students distributed information about the dangers of Opioid use.
  • Through the Seaford Goes Purple mini-grant, Pathways to Success was also able to purchase purple tee shirts.
  • The students will be assembling blessing bags for Seaford residents in recovery from the proceeds of the bake sale and additional funds from the mini-grant. The blessing bags will be distributed in January.


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