Young man, sitting holding saxophone on bleachers
Jose Ricardo Ellis Reedy 2001-2021

One pill
can kill

Welcome to the Fentanyl Free Communities Initiative, a dynamic collaboration between two dedicated entities: the Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation (FFCF) and the Fentanyl Free Communities coalition. FFCF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, champions the critical causes of education and awareness in the battle against fentanyl.

Our board members are passionately involved in community outreach and educational initiatives, striving to create informed and safe fentanyl-free communities.

Meanwhile, the FFC coalition excels in shaping policy at both state and federal levels, driving legislative actions to combat the fentanyl epidemic. 

Together, we work in tandem to prevent fentanyl poisoning, each focusing on our unique strengths while sharing a common mission to safeguard our communities.

May Gala 2024

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Southview Country Club, 239 Mendota Road East, West St Paul, MN 55118
  • Dress Code: Semi Formal Attire

Why Your Attendance Matters

By joining us for this elegant evening, you’re not just attending another event; you’re becoming a key part of a movement to save lives and build safer communities. The gala will feature:

  • Inspiring Speakers: Hear from leaders, survivors, and advocates on the front lines of the fight against fentanyl.
  • Silent Auction: Bid on a curated selection of items and experiences, with all proceeds supporting our cause.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals, community leaders, and philanthropists who share your commitment to making a difference.

Education awareness
Public policy

To address the fentanyl crisis, Fentanyl Free Communities focuses on three crucial pillars: education, awareness, and public policy. Through education, we offer comprehensive information about the dangers of fentanyl, enabling individuals to make informed choices.

By raising awareness through campaigns and media channels, we aim to enhance understanding and diminish stigma. Moreover, our active involvement in public policy empowers us to advocate for more stringent regulations, enhanced treatment access, and comprehensive harm reduction strategies. 

Through these collective endeavors, our goal is to foster fentanyl-free communities and ensure a healthier, safer future for everyone.

Simple Steps That Will Make a Big Difference

Educate Yourself:

Take the time to learn about the risks and dangers of fentanyl addiction.

Stay informed through reliable sources and credible information to make informed decisions and spread accurate knowledge.

Advocate for Change:

Get involved in advocating for policy changes that address the fentanyl crisis.

Support organizations and initiatives working towards stricter regulations, increased access to treatment, and prevention strategies.

Contact your local representatives and voice your concerns about the issue.

Support Those in Need:

Offer support and compassion to individuals and families affected by fentanyl addiction.

Be a listening ear, provide resources, and encourage them to seek professional help and treatment.

Small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone's journey to recovery.

Raise Awareness:

Use your voice to raise awareness about fentanyl addiction in your community.

Share educational resources, participate in awareness campaigns, and engage in conversations that promote understanding and prevention.

Become a sponsor!

Faces of fentanyl
Deadliest drug
threat ever

Join us today and become a volunteer.

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Keep the Information up to Date

Stay informed and keep up-to-date with the latest advancements in prevention strategies and innovative interventions.

Michele Hein, Chair FFCF

Michele Hein is a powerful force in the fight against fentanyl, turning her personal tragedy into a mission to save others from the same fate.

Paul Ostrow, Chair FFC

Paul’s commitment to his community extends beyond his professional life. He is actively involved in various community initiatives and is always seeking ways to make a positive impact


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