Friends of Sharon

WHAT IS THE “FRIENDS OF SHARON”?

It is a pro-active organization founded in the memory of Sharon Yanulevius, a 25-year-old woman tragically killed by a drunk driver on August 12, 1995. Sharon’s parents, Frank and Sharon Yanulevius, are actively involved in the organization.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF “FRIENDS OF SHARON”?

The mission of the organization is to:

Prevent
…injuries and loss of human life as a result of drivers who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol.

Educate
…provide year-round public awareness programs and activities designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate the tragedies resulting from driving under the influence.

Advocate and Lobby
…for the rights of victims and their families of drunk and/or drugged driving crashes and to hold drivers accountable and to insure that they are financially responsible for their actions.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

We would welcome your help and support.

You can call (570) 820-8888 or send a letter to: “Friends of Sharon”, c/o WVADS, Inc., 437 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

… alcohol involvement remains the leading factor in motor vehicle deaths?

… approximately 50% of all crashes involve alcohol?

… the #1 killer of young people 16-21 years of age is car accidents and 75% of these are alcohol related?

… impairment begins with the first drink?

… some over the counter meds and prescription meds can significantly impair one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle?

WHAT TYPE OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS ARE THE “FRIENDS OF SHARON” INVOLVED IN?

  • DUI programs to schools, civic groups, service organizations, etc.
  • Safe Driving community programs.
  • Safe Boating programs
  • Media programs designed to educate:
    • Billboards
    • Radio/TV Programs
    • Newspaper Articles
  • Community Drug Rallies
  • Participates in Red Barons AAA Baseball Drug-Free Nights at the Ballpark
  • Participated in Leadership Wilkes- Barre Drug-Free Bookcover Project.

WHERE DOES THE “FRIENDS OF SHARON” RECEIVE THEIR FUNDING?

All monies are received from donations from the community. Additionally, charity softball & basketball tournaments are held annually. Anyone can make a donation to the organization by sending it to: “Friends of Sharon”, c/o WVADS, Inc., 437 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL PROJECTS OF THE “FRIENDS OF SHARON”?

In addition to the various community projects, the “Friends of Sharon” has;

… an annual “Friends of Sharon” scholarship presented to a graduating senior from a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, school district who has demonstrated an interest and commitment to prevention and awareness of DUI issues.

… has erected and maintains a monument in honor of Sharon Yanulevius at 100 West End Road, Hanover Twp., PA.

DOES THE “FRIENDS OF SHARON” WORK WITH OTHER COMMUNITY AGENCIES?

Yes. The organization works closely with MADD, Social Service and health related agencies, schools, law enforcement, court systems, etc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP CALL: (570) 820-8888