The Reilly Family
With the headlines focused on alarming numbers of individuals overdosing in their community, combined with their own personal family tragedy, Joe and Venetia Reilly turned to Granite United Way to see where they could help.
As long-time Alexis de Tocqueville supporters of Granite United Way, the pair were familiar with the way the organization brought together the right teams to solve complex community issues.
“We knew this was the time we could expand our giving and really contribute to some of the positive work being done to promote prevention of substance misuse,” said Joe. “After losing my nephew to an overdose, and then my sister to the grief that resulted from that, Venetia and I wanted to make sure there was access to prevention and treatment programs.”
One of the areas the Reilly’s $100,000 gift is invested in is Safe Station, the life-saving concept launched in Manchester and also featured in the city’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. The program is also complemented by 2-1-1NH, where callers can be directly connected with treatment. Their gift also concentrates on prevention, helping to establish several new permanent drop boxes for expired medications and educational programs in the local school system.
“Supporters like Joe and Venetia Reilly are helping us change and save lives every single day,” said Manchester Fire Chief Daniel Goonan. “We have had more than 2,000 walk through the doors since we started this program. It shows how we can make a change by working together.”