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October 17, 2013

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February 22, 2011

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. more

October 17, 2013

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.

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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

February 22, 2011

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.

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

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No changes.

October 17, 2013
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October 17, 2013
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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.

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More housing options

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 10, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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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

September 9, 2013
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September 9, 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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2013

February 16, 2012
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1 previous review
February 15, 2011

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... more

February 16, 2012
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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.

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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

February 15, 2011

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

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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.

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...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.

October 25, 2011
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October 25, 2011
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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.

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Seen those it serves.

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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.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

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

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

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

Somehow enable them to raise more money.

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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

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

February 28, 2011

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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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I would leave the same.

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