A check for $110,000 representing funds raised by the 2023 Chester County Color 5K was presented to the Department of Drug & Alcohol Services to fund the Community Outreach & Prevention Education (COPE) program, which provides 24/7 support to overdose survivors seen at County hospital emergency rooms.
Special thanks to the John R. Gailey III & JoEllen Berger Charitable Foundation, presenting sponsors for this event since 2019.
Funds generated through this year’s Color 5K will support Chester County’s Community Outreach Prevention and Education – or COPE – program.
Chester County’s creation of the COPE program has proved to be a big step forward in the effort to try and steer those who have overdosed into a treatment setting, which ultimately can lead to recovery.
Through the COPE program, overdose survivors who are being treated in emergency rooms at any hospital in Chester County can meet with a certified recovery specialist within an hour of entering the ER. The peer specialist engages with the overdose survivor and provides personal support and a direct connection to treatment and recovery services.