ACTION IN COMMUNITY THROUGH SERVICE OF PRINCE WILLIAM

Rating: 4.97 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Education, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 74 Dumfries VA 22026 USA

Mission: ACTS is a community organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger, homelessness and domestic violence and to help people achieve self-sufficiency in Prince William County area, VA.
Target demographics: our neighbors in need
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 80,000 individuals in need
Geographic areas served: Prince William County, VA
Programs: 1. ACTS Turning Points - the only domestic violence prevention and intervention program serving Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park (this program operates two DV Safe Houses). 2. ACTS SAVAS--the only sexual assault crisis center serving Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. 3. ACTS Client Support Services--provides emergency financial assistance for utilities and medicine, as well as food from the emergency food pantry. 4. ACTS Helpline - Prince William County's only 24/7/365 telephone crisis hotline, which is certified for suicide intervention by the American Association of Suicidology. 5. ACTS Homeless Shelters (provides 86 beds--through two homeless shelters and two safe houses). Rapid Re-Housing program finds affordable, permanent housing for households--last year, we found permanent housing for 47 households, our goal was 20. 6. ACTS Thrift Store--our clients receive vouchers; profits go toward funding the ACTS program areas.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Donors know that virtually every dollar they give to ACTS is going toward client services. ACTS is a very effective & efficient comprehensive community service organization that serves clients who are in need of social services ranging from emergency assistance & food assistance, emergency shelter, domestic violence intervention/prevention, sexual assault crisis counseling & prevention, and a Helpline for suicide prevention and other crises. ACTS is invaluable to the Greater Prince William County area!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the job training courses that are available through the ACTS Employment Program

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

ACTS is a one stop shop for social issues impacting the community. If they can't help with your concerns, they refer you to someone who can. They provide the supportive services that people need when they have been impacted by trauma, violence, poverty or crises of any kind.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding, more staff, more programs...

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a member of the Manassas Therapy Dog group, and we are currently working with the children in their group counseling sessions. The staff at ACTS has been incredibly welcoming to us and our dogs, and have worked with us to get the best benefit out of each session. The children respond well to the dogs and include them in their discussions. ACTS has a dedicated staff of loving, caring people who work tirelessly for the people who come to them for help. Their work in the community is vitally important, and their message is one of hope.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACTS is an invaluable asset to the Prince William County community. The staff members and volunteers of ACTS have done excellent work assisting those in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with ACTS for the past few years. It is such a pleasure to see the community come together to help those in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how the employees/volunteers have helped ACTS become what it is today

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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1 person found this review helpful

I donated food over the years to ACTS, and our business closes its doors one day in November volunteers each year for Operation Turkey. Until I joined the board I didn't fully understand the tremendous scope of services and support ACTS provides- not just to Eastern Prince William but the entire Prince William County community. Often known for the food pantry, ACTS does so much more. ACTS provides services for battered women and men, advocacy for those victimized by sexual assault and Helpline for those contemplating suicide, or seniors that enjoy a friendly telephone call each day. ACTS reaches out in a powerful way to those in crisis. ACTS is more than just a hand out - ACTS provides support and case management to help individuals break negative patterns and cycles and empower people to move towards self-sufficiency. I believe that is one of the factors that sets ACTS apart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the workforce training opportunities, so that clients will have expanded opportunities to receive training and enter the workforce - encouraging self-sufficiency and stability in thier lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The incredible work that ACTS does for this community is well known in other jurisdictions in Virginia as well. Living in one of these jurisdictions, I have always wanted to work for ACTS. From time to time, I would check on the internet for new job postings. My wishes finally came through last October when I proudly joined ACTS Turning Points to provide services for the large Hispanic Community of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, victims of domestic violence.

Although, the work that we do is extremely stressful at times: I enjoy working with such a great group of people.

Go ACTS!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what we are doing to continue helping the community the way we do.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have lived in Prince William County for better than 45 years. For as long as I can remember, ACTS Has been doing their thing, helping those members of the community down on their luck and in need of assistance. When I was a boy, I remember my mother working with ACTS through her church, St. Paul's United Methodist to lend a hand to folks in need. I still use recipes from my mother's 'What's Cooking at ACTS' cookbook, a joint effort between ACTS and the churches in the county. Over the years ACTS has helped, and continues to help countless thousands of county residents with direct food assistance, help paying utilities, job training and placement, thrift stores that provide needed gods at a discount as well as raise revenue for additional help, and I am certain, many other ways that I am not even aware of. ACTS has always been a savior for the county residents that need help the most. As our economy continues to struggle and employment remains scarce, the help and services provided by ACTS could not be more valuable. I salute the many employees and volunteers at ACTS that work selflessly to help their neighbors through these trying times.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It is always an honor and joy to serve at ACTS through our church and scouting group. I've seen many lives changed and restored through this amazing organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked at ACTs for over 2 years. ACTs has a real impact in Eastern Prince William county. Each month our food pantry gives almost 49,000 pounds of food each month to near 2000 families. Our clients range the gambit of working folks living paycheck to paycheck, people who newly unemployed to seniors on fixed incomes. We also help families in need with gas, water and electric bills. These people tend to have an emergency that causes them to rob Peter to pay Paul, ie car breaks down and needs repair the money for electric bill goes to the repair.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More space in our pantry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

ACTS is a great organization who's main purpose is to help those in need in the Prince William County area. My sister is part of image church and her church has done a lot to help ACTS. I once went on a mission with her church where we helped feed the homeless. It was a great experience for me and it helped to open my eyes to what is going on. This is a great organization and I have had a wonderful time volunteering here and it really makes me feel like I am helping and doing something good in my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes to this organization because I feel like they manage it quite well and they are very kind and caring people who run it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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