The Drug-Free South community organization will reach out to the Hispanic Community at the upcoming El Protector Festival.
The El Protector festival was established by the Metro Nashville Police Department in 2008 as a way for the police to connect with the Hispanic community and show that the police are here to protect citizens. The festival has been a hit ever since with thousands of people attending each year.
Community organizations participate in the festival each year, and 2014 will be no different.
Drug-Free South is one organization set to participate. The organization is reaching out further to the communities in Tennessee to spread a positive message to empower youth and adults alike with the knowledge of how drugs really harm people.
Ann Vallieres volunteers for Drug-Free South. She says that spreading these positive messages is “addicting.” Vallieres, who originally hails from Canada, has been volunteering for Drug-Free South since 2010, “I feel it’s my responsibility to reach everyone in Tennessee – to make sure people get the truth about drugs.”
Vallieres says that the only reason people take drugs is because of the lies being propagated by dealers.
When asked about participating in El Protector, Vallieres said she is excited, “I love to reach new communities and meet people. This festival will be a great opportunity to make a big impact.”
For more information on the El Protector festival, visit the Nashville.gov/police-department website and search for El Protector. For more information on Drug-Free South, visit drugfreesouth.org.