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What is CWA?


The Community Well-Being Ambassadors Initiative (CWA) is a community-driven, place-based prevention strategy to increase the capacity of individual neighborhoods and communities. CWAs promote community well-being and resilience amongst all residents regardless of age. This initiative represents a collective impact approach, utilizing collaboration and resources among various community-based and public organizations in the state of Delaware. CWAs support community members as they combat the daily stress and trauma existing within our communities, with a special emphasis on individuals impacted by the effects of opioids and other stimulant abuse. 

Program Description


When experiencing a challenge, a helping hand and an outside perspective can help someone find the starting point or solution to address specific needs. CWAs are members of local Delaware communities (a CWA could be your neighbor or a friend of a friend) and are trained to provide tailored support to individuals, families, and communities in need. Here’s how it works:



  • Individuals, families, groups, or communities are referred or self-identify to CWAs

  • The CWA meets with the individual, family, group, or community and helps identify needs

  • The CWA will provide the information and help develop a plan to address the needs

  • The CWA will connect that individual with a service or resource

CWA Services Provided



  • Mental Health Services

  • Substance Abuse Support

  • Positive Activities

  • Youth Supports

  • Essential Need Solutions

  • And much more!

CWA Are Professionally Trained



  • CPR


  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Neuro Logic Classroom

  • Recognizing and recovering from

  • normalized trauma (Skills for

  • Physiological Recovery)

  • And more...


New Castle County CWAs 


In 2021 we launched our first CWA cohort, serving the City of Wilmington. Our New Castle County partners and host sites include Network Connect, the Center for Structural Equity, Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, Game Changers, Youth Empowerment Center, and West End Neighborhood House.


Do you know someone who could benefit from a CWA in New Castle County? Send a referral!

Impact report of the program in New Castle Delaware with some data points that include 450 impacted community members, 90% received skills for psychology recovery training, 206 received Naloxone Training, and 86 training kits distributed.  The report image includes a disclaimer about the numbers being supported by local grant organizations.

Kent County CWAs 


In 2022 we launched our first CWA cohort in Dover with Delaware State University as the managing partner. Our Kent County partners include Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Delaware State University, Network Connect, Minds in Motion Integrated Behavioral Health, University of Delaware, Partnership for Healthy Communities, Center for Drug and Health Studies, Center for Structural Equity/Community Intervention Team, GBA Consulting, First State Community Action Agency (host site, Delaware Multi-Cultural Civic Organization (host site), NCALL (host site) and DSU Capital Park Center (host site). 

Do you know someone who could benefit from a CWA in Kent County? Send a referral!

Diverse group of individuals gathered in the middle of the street for a photo in a local neighborhood.


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