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February 28, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011
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I started volunteering with ACTS more than 30 years ago when they needed drivers to pickup women and children and drive them to safe houses. Today I pickup and deliver food to the ACTS food pantry and am a telephone volunteer twice a month with the Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Service (SAVAS) and ACTS Turning Points collaboration. It is a privilege to be associated with ACTS and your wonderful caring staff. I pray that everyone in all Prince William County jurisdictions will have the same wonderful opportunity to experience the peace, joy and happiness that comes from helping others in our community.

Thank you ACTS. Your opportunities help to make me a better person.

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I have personally helped people get dental care, food and shelter.

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Do all I could to increase resources to meet the growing needs in our community.

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February 28, 2011

My family first moved to Prince William County in 1990, and after many overseas military assignments, we were eager to feel part of a real community. Volunteering for ACTS, through our church, was one way to become involved at a grassroots level. We have become regular donors to ACTS, because we have seen first hand the commitment and dedication of the staff, the real needs that are met through domestic violence programs, the food pantry, helpline, shelter, and other assistance programs, and the efficiency with which services are provided. We know that our donations are being put to work to assist our neighbors in need.

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

seeing how well ACTS coordinates its work with local churches to serve persons in need of assistance.

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ACTS needs a reliable funding stream to plan for the future and focus on doing what the organization does best--helping our county's needy citizens.

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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Our church has been involved and help supports ACTS in many ways over the years. Acts works and provides a strong vehicle for concerned residents and greatly contributes to the betterment of those less fortunate. Without ACTS involvement some of the services would not be provided to the residents of Prince William County. ACTS is a catalyst of bringing residents together for a common good.

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Helping many people in this comunnity.

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

I would leave the same.

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The needs within our community would not be met without the work of this wonderful organization. They provide basic goods and services to a population that is struggling to meet the basic needs of their families. ACTS is there when a family suddenly finds themselves without a home. ACTS is there when someone has been abused and needs a safe place to go. ACTS is there when an individual is feeling suicidal and needs a compassionate listener. ACTS is there for the family who has no money to put food on the table and the next check is two weeks away. ACTS is there to provide child care for low income families so that parents can work and know that their children are in a safe a loving enviornment. ACTS is there... whenever there is a need. Your $5000 donation would allow these types of life-altering works to continue.

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It is humbling to witness the fear and anxiety on the faces of of those in crisis when they walk in the door of the food bank or the emergency shelter. Through the kindness of those that work at ACTS and through the generosity of those that donate resources, those looks change into relief and hope.

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I would love to see ACTS open a soup kitchen and be able to provide a hot meal several days a week.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I am grateful to be able to share my time and resources with others who are struggling.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

It is an honor to be able to be a member of the Board for ACTs. Through my church, I have worked with the homeless and those that are living on the fringe for over 15 years. Long before joining the Board, I watched as this group of dedicated staff and volunteers were able to make a difference in the lives of members of our community. In tough economic times like we have experienced the last couple of years, you need organizations that effectively use the resources that it receives. ACTS works diligentily to try to get the most out of each donation and/or gift. Again it is a joy to be associated with such an organization.

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I see the numbers of those that are being helped.

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

Expand its operation

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I first became involved with ACTS in about 1990 as Lake Ridge Baptist's representative at ACTS meetings. It was there that I became familiar with the different ways ACTS serves our community. My invovement grew as I saw first hand the wonderful things they were doing in our community. Upon my retirement I was able to have time to work shoulder to shoulder with the terrific ACTS staff in the Emergency Assistance office. I am always impressed with their patience, and with the dignity and respect they give all clients who walk through their doors.

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a long-time donor to and volunteer for ACTS, I continue to be happy and impressed with their presence in the community, their professionalism, and their outstanding ability to utilize the resources provided to them by the community. The battered womens' shelter, the homeless shelter, and the annual Operation Turkey Food drive are three noteworthy examples of ACTs ongoing success. I have made ACTs the recipient of my annual giving to the United Way Campaign, as well as participating as I can in their volunteer efforts.

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Operation turkey

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

More community volunteer opportunities

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have volunteered with the ACTS organization over the past twenty plus years in many It is the one organization that the church community in this area gives to that we know all the proceeds go to their community projects. We are more than willing to assist in helping with food, money for utility bills and rent. The food pantry giving is overwhelming - I volunteered there in more recent years and the need is so great! ACTS programs for those with family abuse are extensive and so involved. Their shelters for women and children are safe havens for those who need it. Volunteering at the ACTS Dumfries Thrift Shop was a wonderful, fulfilling experience. So many needy have vouchers that they can come and get what is needed for their survival. This organization has been a blessing to all who help in any capacity and to those who receive assistance. The people who work for them are all caring and have real concern for the community they serve.

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I have watched the people who receive the food bags and clothing bags. Most are so emotional and appreciative for whatever help they can receive.

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

If they had the money, expand their reach and services into the abused women and families in the community.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I visted ACTS last year and attended the ACTS 101 introduction. I donated items to the thift stoire and some cash.
ACTS is doing a great job helping out in the community, specilly with the programs for women and families.
Well organized distribution warehouse for food donation.

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

Visiting ACTS facilities, and seeing how volunteers work and the high degree of organization and strive for efficiency.

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

Try to improve the Thrift Store, and promote the work of ACTS with more visibility in the community. In other words, expand awareness of its mission.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Our church has been involved in supporting ACTS for many years. Acts provides a vehicle for concerned residents of Prince William county to contribute to the betterment of those less fortunate. Operation Turkey is a great example of the participation from the local churches and businesses and the organized efforts of the ACTS staff.

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