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Outstanding Volunteer Organization - Bryan's HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention Education)
Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award: honors service clubs, nonprofit, faith-based, veteran, disaster preparedness and other organizations that make a demonstrated difference in their community.
BRYAN’S HOPE (HEROIN OPIATE PREVENTION EDUCATION) in Waterford is fighting the widespread opiate epidemic by providing education to residents across Michigan. After several mothers lost their children to opiate overdose, caring citizens decided to create their own nonprofit public charity with the hopes of preventing more overdoses in their communities. Thanks to Bryan’s HOPE, people are alive that would otherwise have succumbed to opiate overdose. Their goal is to keep working until the epidemic ceases to exist, so that no more families will ever have to go through the pain of losing a loved one to addiction. Volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours each year, benefitting 25,000 residents. “We are proud to be catalysts in a war that has gone so wrong. Our kids are losing the war on drugs,” said Jeannie Richards, Bryan’s Hope volunteer.