Who We Are:
The Tri-Community Coalition (TCC) of Berkley, Huntington Woods, and Oak Park is a non-profit organization operating in Oakland County, Michigan. TCC consists of volunteers, individuals, and organizations from these communities. From the creation of the coalition, the purpose of TCC has been to promote a drug-free life style for youth in these three communities. Keeping our communities and kids safe and drug free has always been the primary mission of the coalition.
Our Mission: The mission of the Tri-Community Coalition is to work together to prevent substance abuse and related risky behavior and to promote a healthy community for our youth through education, partnerships and effective programming.
What We Do:
The Tri-Community Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through education, community action and involvement, and the promotion of a drug-free life-style. The Tri-Community Coalition is made up of volunteers representing organizations in Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park, including businesses, government, churches, school districts, law enforcement, medical, homeowners and public and private agencies. The coalition works together to reduce substance abuse in their local neighborhoods. We educate parents, students and other community members on the impact and prevention of substance abuse. We also develop youth activities to encourage positive drug-free behaviors.
The coalition grew out of a five-part recommendation generated by a 44-member task force to the Berkley School District Board of Education in December, 1995. One of the five parts addressed during the task force meetings was the fact that “community involvement” is a critical component in any Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention program that a school district would adopt. The school district, which includes all of Berkley, Huntington Woods, and part of Oak Park, felt its role was to help the community recognize its obligation to combat substance abuse involving all citizens, especially youth. To this end, the Berkley School District and a local church convened a meeting of approximately 80 key community leaders from across the three cities, and the “coalition” concept was adopted in the spring of 1996. The Tri-Community Coalition of Berkley, Huntington Woods, and Oak Park incorporated and filed for 501(c)3 status as a non-profit, community-driven group in the spring of 1997. Support from all segments of these three cities and two separate school districts (Berkley and Oak Park) has grown over the years to the point that the coalition is a highly visible community organization recognized for its effective substance abuse prevention strategies.