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Posted on: September 30, 2021

Volunteers Needed - Natick 180 Steering Committee

The Natick Health Department is currently seeking community volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Natick 180 Steering Committee. Natick 180 is a community Coalition that brings together a wide range of people and resources from around Natick to address the factors that contribute to addiction and to build up the community characteristics that protect against it, fostering conversations about substance use and mental health that are driven by empathy, respect, science and data. Natick 180 builds upon and integrates the work of the Natick Opioid Task Force with Natick Together for Youth (NTY), two community organizations with a history of preventing and reducing substance use disorder in Natick.

The Natick 180 Steering Committee guides the overall work of the Coalition, which focuses on prevention initiatives, increasing access to treatment and recovery services, and sustainability planning to ensure long-term staffing and financial support for Coalition activities. It is a volunteer committee that includes municipal and community leaders from around Natick, including representation from the following organizations/sectors:

  • Natick Board of Health
  • Natick Select Board
  • Natick Fire Department
  • Natick Health Department
  • Natick Interfaith Clergy Association
  • Natick Police Department
  • Natick Public Schools
  • SOAR Natick (Supporting Outreach and Addiction Recovery)
  • SPARK Kindness
  • MetroWest Medical Center
  • Interfaith Clergy Association
  • Recovery Community Representative

In addition to these sectors, the Steering Committee seeks to add community representatives to the Committee in order to ensure that voices from a wide range of personal and/or professional experience are included in all planning. The Steering Committee currently has two (2) vacancies for at-large community representatives. 

Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must live or work in Natick, and priority will be given to individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorder or who have otherwise been personally impacted by substance use. Additionally, ideal candidates will have strong connections to communities of color and/or a demonstrated history of advocating for racial equity. People of color strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Attendance at monthly Steering Committee meetings and an annual Coalition retreat, providing input and insights about the mental health and substance use needs of Natick community members as part of Coalition goal-setting, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Decisions are made by a simple majority vote and can only occur when a quorum of Steering Members is present.
  • Attendance at quarterly Coalition meetings, which invite the larger community to participate in Coalition discussions about trends and current Coalition activities.
  • Reviewing and responding to 2-3 emails per month, including corresponding documentation in preparation for monthly Steering meetings.
  • Sharing and promoting Coalition events and information across community networks.
  • Attendance at Coalition-sponsored events when possible. 

Time Commitment: Steering Committee meetings typically occur on the first Wednesday of each month 8:30-10:00 AM. An additional 1-3 hours might be requested some months to address email communications, attendance at special events, and/or volunteer support at Coalition activities. 

How to apply: Candidates should submit a letter of interest to Katie Sugarman, Prevention & Outreach Program Manager, Natick Health Department. Letters can be emailed to or mailed to the Natick Health Department, 13 E. Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

Deadline: Rolling deadline until positions are filled.

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