May 14 designated ‘Fulton County Rising Day’

Healthy Choices Caring Communities of Fulton County has designated May 14 “Fulton County Rising Day.”

Parents, law enforcement, coaches, religious leaders, teachers, employers, business owners, youth group leaders, and other community adults will be asked to take the following actions: identify local youth with whom they regularly interact to potentially positively impact; commit to investing quality time with those young people and build relationships with them through these interactions; engage in conversations as healthy role models about issues that impact their life, including underage substance use.

HC3 has partnered with local businesses and organizations to blanket the county in Rise Up shirts, and ask parents and other adults to reach beyond their immediate families into the community to invest in young people.

According to Steve Maraboli, HC3 community partner, “What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future. The Fulton County Rising campaign highlights the positive impact for our community when we take the time to invest in our youth.”

The campaign’s website,, offers specific ideas and tips for adults on how to invest in the community’s youth. The website and accompanying social media pages will display particpants wearing the T-shirts and feature examples of community members taking action.

HC3 is a community coalition comprised of adults and youth representing law enforcement, faith-based community members, schools, government, professionals, civic organizations, media, health care professionals, businesses, and treatment professionals working together to raise healthy young people.

The organization’s youth-led prevention group, Youth Advisory Council, is recruiting the county’s high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Applications will be accepted May 31, and are available online at

People interested in helping to support the county’s youth in making healthy choices can consider attending a HC3 meeting, held the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Museum and Welcome Center of Fulton Count, 8848 State Highway 108, in Wauseon.

For more information, call Beth Thomas at 419-337-0915 or by email at