The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) has provided educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona since 1989. Our funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona.
Take the Pledge to Protect Our Children
SAFE HOMES is a program that empowers parents and guardians to create a community of like-minded people who have pledged to not allow underage alcohol and drug use in their homes and on their property. Learn more and take the pledge to keep our children safe.
Tell Us What You Think
The Essex County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) is collecting input on our community’s attitudes and outlook on underage drinking and drug use. This information will be used to create and deliver programming that best addresses the needs identified in Essex County.
Verona’s Fishing Derby 2018
The Essex County Department of Parks and VMAC co-sponsored the Fishing Derby in Verona Park on Wednesday, June 6th. Congratulations to all of the families that participated in this popular event!
Aware Awake Alive
Aware Awake Alive seeks to prevent loss of life to alcohol poisoning by educating teens, young adults and parents on the dangers and symptoms of alcohol overdose. Aware Awake Alive works with parents and educators to educate students on the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
The mission of Aware Awake Alive was to educate students on the signs of alcohol poisoning and NJ’s 911 Lifeline Law that provides immunity to those who call for help.
Make the call and save a life!
A Special Thank You- VMAC Family Night
VMAC Family Night was celebrated on Wednesday, March 28th. In support of this initiative, the Township of Verona and the Board of Education cleared the calendar of meetings, practices, and homework. The purpose of our bi-annual Family Night is to provide Verona families a cleared schedule to enjoy quality time with each other.
This event would not have been possible without the collaboration of our local restaurants that offered generous discounts for families who selected to dine out on Family Night. Special acknowledgement is given to Lakeside Deli, The Towne Scoop, and Zaferon Grill for their support of and contribution to the VMAC VHS Scholarship 2018.
Congratulations to the winners of the H. B. Whitehorne Middle School 2018 Family Night poster contest: Fiona Church and Dominic Houck. Their artwork is featured on the posters displayed in the Family Night restaurants, schools, and town buildings.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most
VMAC wants to remind parents that New Jersey law holds you legally accountable if alcohol is served to underage persons in your home. New Jersey Law states that the legal age for purchase, possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is 21 years of age or older. Although it is legal for parents to choose to serve their own children on their property, it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to others under the age of 21. The maximum penalty is $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.
Click here to learn more about the Parents Who Host program, sponsored by the Drug Free Action Alliance.
The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) provides educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona. Its funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona. VMAC was authorized by the Township of Verona in 1989 to promote the prevention efforts of the State of NJ at the community level.
VMAC sponsors programs in collaboration with the Board of Education, Verona Community Center, Health & Recreation Departments, Verona Police Department and local community groups.
VMAC has organized a Safe Homes program since the 1980’s. Parents who sign the pledge commit to providing a safe, alcohol free environment.
Since 2003, VMAC coordinates Family Night in October and March, a night free of schedules so families can enjoy some down time with each other. Dinner Does Make A Difference!
VMAC programs include school clubs, parent workshops, senior citizen wellness, coach trainings, and Ropes Course Challenge.