MECC needs votes for REVIVE grant

Mountain Empire Community College needs help from the community to be selected for a $25,000 grant to support a comprehensive opioid education program in Southwest Virginia called Project REVIVE Appalachia.

MECC has been selected as one of 200 finalists in State Farm's Neighborhood Assist grant program, a crowd sourced philanthropic program to empower communities to identify issues they need to address. The grant program relies on votes from community members to choose winning projects.

Individuals can vote up to 10 times a day from now until midnight Friday by visiting A valid email address is required to vote.

Project REVIVE Appalachia seeks to provide education and assistance to rural EMS, first responders, school nurses and school administrators in Southwest Virginia in responding to opioid overdoses and reducing deaths from opioid abuse.

Funding would be used to assist in the purchase of Naloxone (Narcan), used to reverse the effects of opioids in the brain and reduce death rates from overdose. MECC staff will train EMS, first responders and public school administrators and nurses to properly administer Naloxone.

MECC practical nursing students will provide general community awareness training of opioid issues to public schools, community colleges and faith-based organizations in the region. Training will address how to reverse an opioid overdose and civil liability laws in reporting an overdose.

On Nov. 30, the top 40 vote receiving causes will be announced at and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.

For more information or to vote, visit or contact Mountain Empire Rural Health Network Director Nora Blankenbecler at (276) 523-2400 ext. 421.

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