Coalition building is a smart strategy that promotes coordination and collaboration andmakes efficient use of limited community resources


What is a community coalition?

Often, community problems or issues are too large and complex for any one agency or organization.

A coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal. That goal could be as narrow as obtaining funding for a specific intervention, or as broad as trying to improve permanently the overall quality of life for most people in the community.

In Vermont, community coalitions in 23 communities are working with organizations and individual members to design and implement community wide substance abuse prevention strategies. These strategies are intended to change community norms and standards of conduct related to substance abuse within the community