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Opportunities, Inc. presented Officer Dan Hefty and the Fort Atkinson Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) Program with their annual Carolyn Hughes Community Grant in support for teaching our local youth on the dangers of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. 

Opportunities, Inc. created the grant in admiration of Carolyn Hughes, a dedicated training specialist for the agency from 1979 through 1988. Hughes assisted individuals with diverse abilities and supported their efforts in obtaining and sustaining employment options in the community. Her commitment to the mission of the organization was exemplary and this grant is a means for recognition in continuing her efforts. 

This year’s grant recipient Officer Dan Hefty, leader of the Fort Atkinson D.A.R.E Program, was thrilled to have received the monetary donation for the second year. The D.A.R.E program is not a budgeted item in Fort Atkinson and is completely run by the generosity of donations from the community. 

Opportunities, Inc. applauds Officer Hefty for his work in facilitating the program. Health and safety is a top priority at Opportunities, Inc. Program participants are provided trainings, safety activities, and monthly reminders on learning employment safety through their Success through Safety program. The agency had the honor of having Officer Hefty speak in the past to program participants on work place safety and respect. The presentation was very beneficial and is still talked about today. 

For more information on the Carolyn Hughes Community Service Grant, please contact Agency Relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


DARE Grant

Amy Schultz, OI Cares member; Brian P., program participant; Officer Dan Hefty; Betsy F., program participant; Melissa Coy, OI Cares member; and Barb LeDuc, President/CEO.