Anonymous donor starts OBX Road to Recovery Fund

By on July 26, 2022

(Outer Banks Community Foundation)

(MaryAnn Toboz/Outer Banks Community Foundation)

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund has been established by an anonymous donor. The endowed fund will be maintained to award grants to nonprofits that provide support to Outer Banks residents on their journeys to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. The fund will advance harm reduction efforts, connect more people to care, and increase public awareness. As with all endowed funds, it is structured to be a permanent community resource for generations to come.

“This new fund is such an important gift to our community,” said Community Foundation CEO Chris Sawin. “Every family on the Outer Banks has been impacted by addiction. Our job is to grow this fund with support of our entire community, and to provide funding for new solutions to the tragic crisis of addiction.”

The donor’s passion to create the fund comes from personal experiences in his own family. It is no secret that drug and alcohol addiction disrupts lives, often tragically, and touches virtually every community in the US. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 nearly 92,000 people in America died from drug overdoses, a 31% increase from 2019. The CDC also reports that alcohol abuse costs the US several billion dollars each year due to motor vehicle crashes, court costs, health expenses, property damages, and lost worker productivity. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported that in 2020, over nine North Carolinians died each day from a drug overdose.

“Our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment further illustrates the impact substance use continues to have on our community,” said Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chairs Roxana Ballinger and Wally Overman. “In fact, 14.5% of community survey respondents identified substance misuse and recovery support services as being in need of improvement and 42% said it is a health behavior that residents need more information about in Dare County.”

The fund’s creator hopes that donors will be inspired to contribute to the Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund, in memory of a loved one, or to help someone they may never know. Contributions can be made online at or by sending a check to OBCF, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949.






  • Localaf

    THIS is what the opioid settlement money should have gone to. Helping residents recover, not a billboard Davies saw while on a vacation. The people dying from these drugs are poverty stricken and can’t afford treatment. Maybe instead of creating jobs for our buddies to the sum of $100,000.00 a year, we should actually give a damn about our citizens. There is nothing worse than an out of touch appointed official with a bag of money to blow, and some absurd idea that a billboard campaign directs people to sobriety. HELP THEM. Go check out the recent census results, half of our residents can’t afford their rent, and that was two years ago. Maybe we should start recognizing that poor mental health and poverty strike about 3/4 of those that overdose, and have a deadly drug addiction. Stop voting for people who don’t care about you. Tourism is the bread and butter, but without the low man building the micro motel houses, and wiping down tables at the restaurants, all you have is some dry ass bread and rancid butter. If we receive money to help drug addicts, maybe we should, I don’t know, actually help them?

    Tuesday, Jul 26 @ 7:52 pm
  • Jay

    Wouldn’t it be great if Dare County and the assorted towns leaderships placed the health & prosperity of its citizens first and tourism second. I see it as the opposite right now. How about at least a balance? OBX is fast becoming an unpleasant place to live the permanent resident.

    Kuddos to those nongovernment folks making recovery here possible!

    Wednesday, Jul 27 @ 7:14 am
  • surf123

    @Localaf, @Jay – you both are spot on. It is an incredible tough road to recovery and every dollar and helping person is needed.

    Wednesday, Jul 27 @ 11:22 am
  • Happily retired

    Addiction crosses all income levels around Dare County and everywhere else.. Over the past 25 plus years living here I have actually known at least a dozen people who have succumbed to overdoses. Half were business owners and professionals the other half were workers, tradespeople and commercial fishermen. Very sad. Treatment is fine if those are open and willing to do it but the ones I knew had no desire to stop or it just didn’t work for the others. Hope this fund may help those with the struggle.

    Thursday, Jul 28 @ 6:52 am
  • surf123

    @Happily retired…as you know this is not an easy place to live in the winter especially if you depend on tourists for work or don’t do well when things slow down and/or live on HI. It takes a different kind of person to want to live in a somewhat isolated place in January and February.A good number of retirees may not have but a few permanents on their street. I have some transplants on my street that are still riding the COVID high of being able to work from home. They made it through the first winter, but I doubt they will the second.

    Thursday, Jul 28 @ 10:20 am
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