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H.E.L.P. Heroin Epidemic Learning Program

H.E.L.P. (Heroin Epidemic Learning Program) is an 8 week youth program built into the curriculum of the 3 area high schools in Addison County, VT (Vergennes, Middlebury, and Mt. Abraham). The first 4 weeks of the program were educational and hosted by 4 different volunteer expert representatives from the areas of law enforcement, medical, family, and addiction/recovery. During the 2nd half of the program, students established groups and applied what they had learned to design and create their own PSA’s (public service announcements) that they submitted for review and final edit. The H.E.L.P. committee chose a winning PSA and two runners up. The winning PSA will be aired on local TV and the top three groups won cash prizes.

Most importantly, the program educated nearly 40 Addison County students on the on-going heroin and opiate epidemic that we face in our local communities and across the country. The students were tasked with interacting in discussions with volunteer experts and coming up with their own message that they believe is important in combating the heroin crisis.  Their final PSAs will also be shared within their schools to further spread the message about the opiate epidemic.


 Sergeant Matthew Daley & Trooper Brett Flansburg  of the New Haven State Police Barracks                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Addison County EMT - Brian Goodyear

Students and Staff of the Mt. Abe H.E.L.P Team

Winners of the 2017 H.E.L.P PSA Competition


H.E.L.P. was created by House of Cards series actor Jeremy Holm and the United Way of Addison County's Volunteer & RPP Coordinator Jesse Brooks

Do you want to H.E.L.P.?

Contact: Jesse Brooks at or call: 802-388-7189

or to donate:


To: 41444

Media Links:

WCAX Report:

WPTZ Report

Addison Independent


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