Individuals aged 13-22 are invited to share their stories of addiction & hope from now through November 15. Winners will be notified in December 2017.
WERNERSVILLE, PA —Berks HOPE, a consortium of local and nationally renowned addiction experts and concerned community members dedicated to making the resources for fighting addiction more accessible, invites Berks County residents to share their stories of addiction and hope in the “When I Hear Addiction, I See Hope” literary contest. The contest, open to individuals aged 13 through 22, will accept entries from now through November 15, and asks participants to share how they or a friend, family member or other loved one have broken free of addiction to experience the joy of a life without drugs and alcohol.
“Over 142 people are dying each day from the disease of addiction, and there is no community or demographic that hasn’t suffered from its devastating effects,” said Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, which is a member of Berks HOPE. “But there is hope, and there is help. Addiction is one of the most treatable chronic diseases, and recovery is possible. The members of the Berks HOPE consortium want to share and celebrate the stories of hope and recovery in our community, and show individuals and families currently suffering from addiction that a healthy, happy, secure future can be a reality for them.”
Contest participants must live in Berks County to be eligible for prizes, and must submit their approximately 500-word entry by November 15, 2017. Entries can be submitted online at www.caron.org/BerksHOPEContest or mailed to Berks HOPE Contest, C/O Caron, P.O. Box 150, Wernersville, PA 19565. Contest winners will be notified in December 2017, and celebrated at a special event in March 2018. Prizes will be awarded by age group – 13-15, 16-18, and 19-22 – and will include the following:
First Prize: $500 Amazon Gift CardSecond Prize: $300 Amazon Gift CardThird Prize: $150 Amazon Gift CardHonorable Mention: $50 Gift Card
Individuals aged 23 and older are welcome to participate in the project by submitting entries for inclusion in program materials, but are not eligible for prizes.
For more information about the Berks HOPE “When I Hear Addiction, I See Hope” literary contest’s rules, prizes, and judging criteria, or to enter, visit www.caron.org/BerksHOPEContest or call 800-678-2332.
About Berks HOPE
Berks HOPE (Helping Others/Providing Expertise) is a consortium of local and nationally renowned addiction experts and concerned community members dedicated to making the resources for fighting addiction more accessible. Berks HOPE members include the Berks County District Attorney’s Office, Caron Treatment Centers, Common Ground Recovery Ministry, Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), Easy Does It, Embrace the Challenge, Reading Health System, Treatment Access Services Center Inc. (TASC), Berks County Medical Society and the Reading School District.