Jefferson Mother and Daughter Selected as Municipal Alliance Volunteers of the Year
Janet and Brittany Boetticher of Lake Hopatcong were honored on October 10 by the Morris County Board of Freeholders for their exemplary efforts to battle alcohol and drug abuse. The mother and daughter were selected as Volunteers of the Year, along with two other members of Municipal Alliance programs in the county. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse funds Municipal Alliances in all 21 New Jersey counties.
The Boettichers received resolutions of congratulations from the freeholders for their efforts to encourage treatment and recovery for persons addicted by substance abuse. “These women are leaders in our battle against opioid addiction and other substance abuses that are taking lives and destroying families across our county and state,’’ said freeholder director Doug Cabana.
Joining the freeholders in presenting the resolutions were Jennifer Carpinteri, Morris County’s director of human services, and Steve Nebesni, Morris County Alliance coordinator.
Municipal Alliance networks in each county consist of local volunteer organizations. They assess needs, set priorities, develop plans, and implement programs that form the foundation of New Jersey’s substance abuse prevention activities. Morris County has 28 Municipal Alliances, including some regional organizations.
Brittany Boetticher has been an active Jefferson Township Municipal Alliance member since eighth grade. She has recruited many teen Alliance members and participated in numerous events such as Project Purple, Drug Facts Week, Red Ribbon Week, and the Pinwheel Project. Brittany is also involved in various community organizations, including the Girl Scouts. Her Gold Award project, titled “Project Speak Out,” deals with suicide prevention. Brittany serves on the Jefferson Alliance alongside her mother, Janet Boetticher.
Janet has been involved in the Alliance’s substance abuse prevention activities. In particular, she has been instrumental in getting youth engaged in the Alliance and prevention activities. In addition, she volunteers with a number of other community organizations and committees.
The other two Morris County honorees were Judy Carbone of Long Hill and Laurie Cama of Morris Plains.