January 10, 2018

Have you heard about HB 656?  It is an effort to legalize Marijuana in NH.  On January 9th House  voted to allow for the possession, consuming, growing, and transporting of up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession. That's nearly 6 pounds of marijuana for personal use!  If this bill passes, this harmful substance will be much more accessible to our youth while their brains are being built.  In prevention we know that one of the keys to reducing substance misuse is reducing access.  

Our RCFY - Youth Action members have something to say about the January 9th vote by the NH House. They can't all vote, but shouldn't their opinion matter? They are the ones who see the effects of marijuana on their peers, community and families.

If this is a matter that is important to you there is still time to share your feelings on this issue with members of the Ways and Means committee  but you will need to call or email as soon as possible.  To learn more about marijuana legalization you can visit our partners at New Futures' website


January 9, 2018


RAYMOND, N.H. – The Wason Pond Pounder, Chester Charitable Foundation awarded a 2017 Holiday Donation of $5,000 to Raymond Coalition for Youth, to support programing for healthy youth and communities. (Pictured: Maria Veale, Secretary for CCF, and Celeste Clark, Executive Director for RCFY.)

On December 11, 2017, the Wason Pond Pounder announced on their Facebook page that they were looking for recommendations for local nonprofits to donate money to for a holiday donation. Dustin Ramey, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and member of the RCFY Board of Directors, immediately suggested RCFY. “The Raymond Coalition for Youth works with the community to promote positive healthy choices for our kids. The organization is based in Raymond but their network reaches far beyond the town lines. ... Thank you for doing what you do!"

The Chester Charitable Foundation (CCF) was founded in October, 2012 by a group of Chester residents that had raised money to fund the construction of athletic fields in town. The group, formerly known as Chester Field of Dreams, organized a successful fundraising event called the Wason Pond Pounder. Once the group reached its fundraising goal, the committee decided to continue holding the Wason Pond Pounder and to create a new non-profit organization with a broader scope. This non-profit, called Chester Charitable Foundation, was designated as the recipient of all net proceeds from the Wason Pond Pounder, and distributes funds to charitable organizations within their community.

The Wason Pond Pounder, their major event each year, is a 3.5 mile obstacle course race held each May. Participants from ages 8 and up are eligible to register, and waves of 75 people start every 20 minutes. The race averages 1000 entrants. 100% of the proceeds from this grassroots event go back to supporting Chester Charitable Foundation’s ability to give back to other deserving non-profits. Learn more at: ccf.wasonpondpounder.com

The Raymond Coalition For Youth has been empowering Youth voice since  2002. This grassroots coalition was formed to promote positive youth development and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk.

RCFY focuses on increasing community partnerships and involvement, to bring resources and support into the community. Learn more at www.rcfy.org or check them out on social media.

December 3, 2017:

Celeste Clark, RCFY's Executive Director, along with Kate Frey, the VP of Advocacy for New Futures, on WMUR-TV with Fred Kocher discussing Marijuana in NH and the importance of making sure youth and young adults have healthy coping skills. Video courtesy of WMUR TV

November 19, 2017:

Featured in Sunday's NH Union LeaderCeleste urges NH to pay attention to all the addiction issues that affect our state.

On Tuesday November 14, Drug Free NH featured Celeste as their guest blogger. Click the image to read the blog!