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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Both my grandmother and my sister have worked for ACTS, my grandmother as a volunteer and my sister as an employee. This is an old organization that has for a long time been an important part of the PWC community, providing both assistance and opportunity to people who are really struggling. It is particularly encouraging to see how much this organization has been expanding in recent years to include a broader range of services. The CNA training (certified nurse assistant) program is particularly exciting new program that helps low-income people get on their feet and earn the credentials they need to get a solid, well-paid job. It's so encouraging to see some social programs being expanded at a time when so many of them are being reduced and shut down nationally. In these hard economic times, programs such as ACTS are a vital lifeline of the community.

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

expand even more! I hope that ACTS will continue to get the funding it needs to continue and expand its successful programs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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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AS a volunteer, I feel that ACTS really values our time and our desire to improve our community. My husband and I have been blessed to work with ACTS clients. When we do this, we see how ACTS programs are designed to improve the client's lives and help them gain self sufficiency. Volunteering with ACTS leaves us feeling closer together, more hopeful, grateful and full of joy. It is one of the best things we do together as a couple each month!

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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ACTS is an organization that seems committed to helping the community in Prince William County. Their emergency crisis line helps those who are suicidal or depressed with trained staff and volunteers who listen, soothe, encourage and give vital referrals. They provide a food bank, emergency shelter for families in domestic violence situations and so much more. I cannot think of a more deserving or impactful nonprofit in my area.

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  

ACTS is a very well run nonprofit. They provide great services to the community. I very much enjoy volunteering my time to assist this nonprofit.

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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I have been involved with ACTS for the past 10 years volunteering. I work in Dumfries and see first hand how they positively affect the community.

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

how they offer low cost second hand items in the thrift store.

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

No changes.

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My sister was a dv client. I called turning points hotline and was able to get resources for her. She also went to the safe house and they helped her get into transitional housing. Thanks to them she got out a bad situation.

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

More housing options

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Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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ACTS does so many wonderful things for the community. They shelter the homeless, minister to those who have experinced personal violence, feed the hungry, help those experiencing difficult times and just need a helping hand. I am always amazed at their generousity and willingness to go the extra mile to help someone. Thank ACTS for providing relief, fostering hope and promoting self-sufficency for our Prince William are neighbors. You ROCK!!!

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2013

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One of the finest organizations in our community. ACTS has always been responsive to the needs of their neighbors and sought the best ways to meet those needs.

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Definitely

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2013

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ACTS continues to grow in programmatic reach and staff professionalism. As a Board member, I have never been more proud of our staff's ability to analize the needs of the community and to search for ways to meet those needs with compassion and programmatic approaches that make a real difference. 2011 was a very challenging year with lots more people coming for food...we even had to close the emergency food pantry for a short period while we appealed to the broader community for assistance in restocking. It was a wonderful thing to see how those who had extra shared with those who had nothing. In many ways that experience encapsulates 42 years of what ACTS has meant to the Greater Prince William area. We are now streatching our horizons as we work in collaboration with our community college and hospital to bring expanded job opportunities to those who are trying to break the poverty cycle. Just another example of the green edge of creativity being alive and well at ACTS.

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?

2012

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I have been affiliated with ACTS in one capacity or another for thirty years. My family moved to Virginia courtesy of service in the U.S. Navy in 1981 and almost immediately became members of ACTS and volunteers as a function of our church's connection to the organization. I currently serve on the ACTS Board of Directors and am engaged with the Fund Raising and Long-Term Development Committees.

For forty-two years ACTS has served the needs of those in our community whose lives are in crisis. The ACTS charter calls for us to serve the residents of Greater Prince William County, Virginia, which includes the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. That narrowly focused service area allows us to provide very concentrated and carefully monitored services with a high degree of attention to getting the job done correctly and with close public scrutiny regarding attention to quality control. But that narrow focus on a population totalling just over 450,000 and an area of roughly 400 square miles also means that our fund raising territory is quite restricted. While we have occasionally been awarded funding support for our services from national-level sources, the overwhelming majority of our operating funds come from our Prince WIlliam neighbors. Throughout the current recession, our funding has remained stable even beyond our fondest hopes. But the needs for services continue to climb, and there are times when when have to say the hard words, "I'm sorry, we can't help." We do our very best not to say those words, but we are stretched as thin as we have ever been. If ACTS is chosen as a recipient of the $5,000 award, I can assure you that not a nickle of that money will be wasted. If we are nothing else, we are great stewards of the resources we have been blessed to receive.

I am truly thankful that we found ACTS early-on in our military service in the Washington area. It has provided such a rich and rewarding opportunity to give back to the community.

Paul Moessner

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

I have been a part of this organization's service provision to those in need of food assistance, escape from domestic violence and search for affordable child care and housing, and I know from first hand experience that what we do makes a life-saving difference in more than 30,000 lives each year.

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

...work to build a future funding base that was solid and dependable regardless of the prevailing economy. And, in fact, that is what I am working on through the development and marketing of our Futures Fund and the work of our Long-term Development Committee.

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I have donated thousands of dollars to this fine organization for over the past 20 years and know the current Director and all of the past 4 Directors over that time. They are a very frugal, well run, run organization helping the very needy and desperate in the community. They have strong board members who are intimately involved in every aspect of the business.

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

Seen those it serves.

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

Have more support from the smaller, start-up organizations who mean well but are not equipped to provide services for the needy. They initially takes scarce community resources from ACTS as they begin their own programs only to have them frequently disappear as the person who is leading their effort has a decrease in enthusiasm or their task becomes too burdensome.

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I referred a friend recently who has never had to ask for any help. His wife lost her job and money has been tight. His intake was done very professionally and he has been able to receive food once a month from the food bank. I feel very confident that ACTS helps people in need in Woodbridge

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

I bring food from that our church has collected each week.

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

Somehow enable them to raise more money.

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