Community Outreach

  • STEPS Night at the Drive-In a SUCCESS!

    STEPS was proud to host the Peanuts movie at the Southington Drive-In on Saturday night! A very special thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make the night such a success!

  • Taking STEPS To Fill Southington Community Services Food Pantry

    STEPS Advisory Board member, Rachel Wache, joined forces with the American Legion Auxillary, Army National Guard and STEPS to create a food drive to help re-stock the Southington Community Services food pantry. ツTogether, with the generous donations from Southington residents, over 1,400 pounds of food was delivered to Southington Community Services! ツRachel is an amazing … Read More

  • A PROMising Community

    Look at all of the community members PROMising to keep our Southington kids alcohol and substance free during Prom!!  Here in Southington, we are proud to make substance abuse prevention a priority!  

  • The Southington Community YMCA Participates in Good Deeds Week!

    We are thrilled to see everyone out in our community participating in Good Deeds Week!  A very special thank you to Mark Pooler from our Southington Community YMCA for helping to make this an important event for our whole community! Mark enjoyed reading to his 'pen pals' over at the YMCA Learning Center!

  • STEPS at the Healthy Family Fun Fest

    On Sunday, February 26th, STEPS staff members headed out to the Healthy Family Fun Fest at the Aqua Turf. We attended in hopes of spreading the word about the hard work that we are doing in our community and educating families on substance abuse. We set up a table with our new, brightly colored STEPS … Read More

  • Southington Serves!

    Southington Serves is a volunteer website for Southington students and their families to get involved in the community, give back or complete community service hours. Southington Serves is located on the Town of Southington’s website and to view the current volunteer options, please clickツHERE. All youth who use this site must contact the organization directly … Read More

  • Community Forum on Opioid Use in the Community

    Acticle Source: October 26, Southington, Conn – More than 60 attendees filled theツSouthington Public Library’sツcommunity room to capacity on October 26 for a 窶廚ommunity Conversation on Opiates and Heroin.窶 Wheeler,ツBristol Hospitalツand the library sponsored the event, which featured a six-member panel discussion highlighting what individuals, families and communities need to know about opiates and … Read More

  • Youth Committee Joins Community Fun!

    On Saturday, October 24, the STEPS Youth Committee joined in the Halloween fun at the Southington Drive-In. The students helped the event by spooking the haunted hay ride.

  • STEPS & CT Army National Guard Food Drive

    Join the CT Army National Guard and STEPS collecting food at the Southington Walmart on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. where they will be collecting food for the Southington Community Services. ツThe ten most needed foods are tuna, peanut butter, jelly, children’s snacks, juice boxes, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned chicken … Read More

  • A Year in Pictures from STEPS

    We had so many wonderful events in our community this year that STEPS was proud to be a part of. ツWe put together a gallery of the Year in Photos for 2014, click here to view it.

  • STEPS Advisory Board Member Nancy Chiero named ‘Unsung Hero’ by Southington Community YMCA

    On November 12, the Southington Community YMCA announced their awards for this year and STEPS is proud to announce that one of our Advisory Board Members, Nancy Chiero has received the 'Unsung Hero' award.  As a valuable member of the community and especially to the STEPS team, we are so proud of the work that … Read More

  • STEPS Receives SAAC’s Youth Education Award

    On September 9th, Morgan Maccione, a representative of the STEPS Youth Council, presented STEPS’ Substance Abuse Action Counil’s Photovoice Project at their Annual Meeting. ツThe photovoice project focused on youth answering the following three questions:

  • Help out HomeFront on May 3

    STEPS Advisory Board Member andツExecutive Director of the Southington United Way, Kaye Davis,ツwould love to have volunteers come out and show their support for our community through the HomeFront event on Saturday May 3rd. ツHomeFront is a community-based, volunteer-driven home repair program that provides FREE repairs to low-income homeowners, thus enabling them to remain in … Read More

  • STEPS Community Forum 2014

    On Tuesday March 4th, STEPS hosted their fourth biennial Community Forum at the Aqua Turf Club.ツ Members of the STEPS Advisory Board presented information that was collected from the Search Institute窶冱 Attitudes and Behaviors Survey that was administered to the 7th, 9th and 11th graders in the Southington Public School System.

  • STEPS Support Card

    The STEPS Support Card is now available on ourツresource page.ツ The Support Card is a summary of our findings fromツthe Search Institute’s Attitudes and Behaviors Survey that was administered in November toツSouthington 7th, 9th, and 11th grade public school students. Click here to view the STEPS Support Card

  • Community Partners

    This past spring and summer, STEPS showed the town of Southington what being "in" truly meant. Anyone can be part of the initiative to Grow Great Kids in town, whether you're a parent, teacher, little league coach, business owner, doctor, dentist, or in the military! The STEPS coalition isn't about 'membership' but rather, living our … Read More

  • Community Services is IN!

    The STEPS Youth Committee is excited to have such a wonderful new partnership with Southington Community Services. Recently, the youth have worked with the department to move and store hundreds of easter baskets for the upcoming holiday. In addition, students have been working diligently on designing a new Community Services logo for their van, t-shirts, … Read More

  • Fourth Annual Southington Community Harvest Food Drive

    The following is an article from Southington Patch, written by Richard E. Fortunato entitled: In Southington, Families Help Other Families in Need Because It’s the Right Thing to Do  

  • STEPS Community Forum Reaches over 400 in attendance!

    We would like to thank the 400+ people for attending the STEPS Community Forum on March 7th, 2012 at the Aqua Turf. It was your turnout that made the event such a success. The forum released results from the Search Institute’s Attitude & Behavior Survey from November 2011 that compared results from the 2009-2010 school … Read More

  • STEPS Community Forum

    On Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 7pm, STEPS will be hosting a Community Forum to reveal the recent results from the Search Institute’s Attitudes and Behavior Survey – which was taken by the 7th, 9th & 11th grade students of the Southington Public School System in November. These results will reveal reasons to celebrate the … Read More

  • Community Service/Events Team Upcoming dates

    The Community Service/Events Team is STEPing off the new school year with some great STEPS initiatives!  The next Community Service/Events Team meeting is set for Wednesday, September 7, 7-8 pm, at DePaolo Middle School.  If you are planning to attend, please notify Emily Socha.  Other upcoming events are: 


    Washington, D.C. – Health advocates from Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) joined 2,800 substance abuse prevention and treatment leaders from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 21st annual National Leadership Forum. This one-of-a-kind conference was held just outside of Washington, D.C. Feb. 7-10. During the four days, community leaders … Read More

  • STEPS Community Forum: A Call to Action

    STEPS held a Community Forum on Tuesday, October 24, 2010 at Hawks Landing Country Club.  The reason for the event was to release results from the Search Institute's Attitudes and Behavior Survey that was administered to all 7, 9, an 11, grade students in March 2010.  The event also gave participants an opportunity to work together … Read More

  • Where do we stand as a community

    In order to develop healthy and successful youth, we first need to see where we stand as a community and figure out what “level of readiness” we are at. Community Readiness is a prevention concept that reflects a community’s understanding of substance use and abuse prevention issues; the community’s acknowledgement that these issues are problems … Read More