Rite Aid Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life

April 25, 2012 – The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $5,000 grant to Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life, located in Portland, OR. Lines for Life will use the grant to purchase program materials for the Our Data, Our Voice program, a teenager-led initiative which focuses on combating and preventing teenage substance abuse and suicide.

“Teenage substance abuse and suicide are serious issues, not only in Oregon, but across the country,” said Gayle Rife, Manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to support Lines for Life and their Our Data, Our Voice program, as they raise awareness on these issues, facilitate change and improve the health and safety of their community.”

Through the Our Data, Our Voice program, teens translate their knowledge of substance use prevention, data collection and messaging into effective public awareness initiatives that educate their peers and the community. Their goal is to help young people make healthy decisions, change misperceptions about youth substance use, and improve community safety and health.

Founded in 1993, Lines for Life is a statewide nonprofit that promotes healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, youth and parent drug prevention education programs, advocacy and public policy. It also offers 24/7 crisis hotlines for treatment referrals, veterans' support and suicide prevention and intervention. For more
information on Lines for Life, visit www.linesforlife.org.

“Our mission is a simple one – to prevent substance abuse and suicide,” said Judy Cushing, CEO of Lines for Life. “Thanks to the tremendous support of The Rite Aid Foundation, we’ll be able to purchase much-needed program materials and continue fighting teenage substance abuse and suicide statewide.”

Rite Aid operates 71 stores in Oregon, including 12 in Multnomah County where Oregon Partnership is based.

The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves. Since its inception, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $13 million to approximately 820 organizations in 488 communities. For more information on The Rite Aid Foundation,
visit www.riteaid.com.

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