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Nora Doyle’s Letter

Greater Substance Misuse Problem


Dear Friends,

Every child deserves the best chance for a successful future.  Unfortunately, too many children in our own neighborhoods aren’t getting the opportunity to reach their full potential.  You can help change that.  When you give a gift to CADY through our “Together We Build Promising Futures” Annual Appeal Campaign, you give the gift of brighter lives to the children who need it most.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated, “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread.  Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide—and rates have increased over the past decade…the pandemic’s effect on their mental health has been devastating.”

Our kids are in crisis and we are very worried.  The Recent Central NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey results demonstrate that our children experience greater sadness, hopelessness and rates of suicidal ideation than statewide averages.  Misuse of alcohol, high-potency marijuana, vaping products and prescription drugs has increased significantly.  The lack of treatment and the lack of mental health services for children in New Hampshire makes prevention a more urgent goal.

In an effort to counter this trend, we have introduced several new services and programs this year which are described in the inserts.  We have also opened a new office in Bristol to provide compassionate connections for even more children.  These prevention and early intervention services will foster resiliency and transform lives.

CADY believes every child deserves a promising future.  That’s why we’re doing whatever it takes—every day—to help local children, especially those hardest to reach and most vulnerable.  We, as trusted adults, need to work together to protect the precious years of childhood from the harms of social isolation, mental health crises, substance misuse, and addiction.

We cannot do this critical work without you.  Your gift will provide children and youth with mentoring, resiliency-building programs, connections to trusted adults, and vital social-emotional services to help them learn, grow, and thrive.  No gift is too small to make a difference.

Thank you for your generosity—we are truly honored and grateful for your support.

We send you our warmest holiday wishes for good health, peace, and joy.


Michael F. Conklin                                         Debra A.  Naro

Board President                                              Executive Director

“Together We Build Promising Futures” Campaign 

Be a Difference Maker—Click here to DONATE TODAY!

CADY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

CADY is a nationally recognized, award-winning non-profit organization that has made real and long-lasting impacts on the lives of young people who are threatened daily by the drug epidemic that NH is experiencing. Last year over 430 people in NH died from drug overdoses. The most responsible, humane and cost-effective strategy is to stop these serious and tragic situations from occurring in the first place.

That’s why your investment is so important!

CADY’s innovative work prevents and reduces substance abuse and promotes the vital relationships and connections youth need to thrive. It also provides the tools for local communities to prevent the high costs and harms of substance abuse.

We often say that “Prevention is Everyone’s Business.” It is impossible to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision without the support of our community.   You inspire us to reach beyond expectations and we will continue to do so with your help. Together we will build possibilities, potential, and promise for our youth.

Thank you for considering a donation to CADY—it will prevent substance misuse, addiction, and save lives!

With gratitude,

Deb Naro
Executive Director

Support Us by Enrolling in KidCents 

Step 1: Enroll in wellness+ rewards (click “sign up” at the top left)

Step 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program at

  • Log into your wellness+ rewards account, if you are not already logged in
  • Click “Start Round Up Today!”

Step 3
: Designate Your Organization

  • Click “Select a Charity” on the left side of the screen
  • Type in “CADY” and click “Select this Charity”

By rounding up your Rite Aid purchase, you are helping us to extend our reach within the community to help prevent substance misuse among our youth and build bright futures. 

Get Involved – Volunteer!

CADY needs everyone in the community working together to create the kind of environment that raises healthy youth with the skills and values for living authentic, responsible, and productive lives. There are many of different ways to help out, from volunteering on a single project to becoming an ongoing volunteer or intern with one of our programs. Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.