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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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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I work with ACTS through my church's Social Ministry Committee and as Secretary of the Cooperative Council of Ministries (CCOM), a consortium of churches aiding the homeless in Prince William County. ACTS is a completely professional, efficient, and compassionate provider of supplies and services to those in need in our community. Our church regularly refers people to ACTS for its variety of services and supports its work through periodic food drives and fundraisers. My wife and I are regular donors, because we know contributing to ACTS is the most effective use of our funds in meeting the needs of the least of these in our county.
I have regular contact with ACTS leadership through my work at CCOM and am always impressed with their sense of mission and their expertise. I have worked with service organizations in the states and abroad, and ACTS is second to none in its commitment to the people it serves and level of energy in providing that service. The county is blessed to have an organization like ACTS working for its people, and without ACTS some of these services would not be provided.

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Through the aid ACTS provides people whom we refer to the organization for assistance and through ACTS leaders' monthly reporting on ACTS' activities at the meetings of the CCOM. CCOM meetings are attended by representatives of 25 churches and other organizations in the county, and ACTS leaders regularly report and answer representatives' questions at these meetings.

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ACTS should have a regular, consistent flow of funding to make certain its provision of services and supplies is secured into the future.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

We at Old Bridge United Methodist Church collect food items for the ACTS food pantry and have seen the food used to aid the neediest in our community. We have also seen ACTS assist people in need with emergency housing, clothes, and other essentials. ACTS provides a much needed and tremendous service to the neediest in Prince william County.

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Observing those in need being assisted

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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

For 27 years I've coordinated a team of church volunteers who help at the Thrift Store each month. I've seen the store expand its locations and services and streamline its procedures for processing donations and serving the community. This past month I've made a trip to ACTS new administrative offices and large food pantry. These more modern facilities serve many more people each year and continue to be overseen by kind and efficient folks with their eye on specific needs of our community. This month I also stopped by the Emergency Shelter where a most hospitable staff member provided me a tour of the facility for which our church women's group will be doing a service project in April. I'd visited this facility years ago and was amazed by all that has been done through volunteer help to improve the facility. Even more impressive, however, was the informed and caring generosity of the staff member herself. She was quick to translate our general offer of help into a specific plan for serving shelter residents. I came away thanksful to be part of ACTS and eager to show and tell others what I'd so quickly learned about this wonderful organization.

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Through this organizaton my community's needs have become personal to me. I also know that there's a way for others to help people in need. I see folks donating and shopping at the Thrift Store and I know that the profits there enable enable other community services. I've heard presentations from a number of ACTS program supervisors, and I've visited the facilities over a period of 30 years.

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I believe the organization is on the right track in focussing on specific needs of human beings and personally inviting others to see and become involved in the work in process there. In this way people in our community are brought together.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Our congregation has supported the work of ACTS for nearly 40 years. A number of our members have served on the board or worked in administrative capacities, so I have heard many instances of ACTS' work in the community and have met families and individuals who have benefited directly from its emergency housing, spouse abuse program, food assistance, and support for those working to overcome homelessness.
I am always surprised when someone in the community does not know of the ACTS organization, so I think they should might seek to publicize their work, to bring in more enthusiastic supporters.

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Witnessing the relief of people who need help having those needs met.

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Increase the expertise of those who write grants so ACTS would have more money for their work.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have been involved in ACTS for over 35 years and have served on the Board for most of this time. Over this time the organization has added many programs to serve the people in Prince William County, Virginia, that need help and assistance. ACTS has done this in a very cost effective way, has a very dedicated staff and has many volunteers and supporters. Prince William County is a better place to live because of ACTS.

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working with others to provide shelter, emergency assistance and financial support to those in need in Prince William County

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try to increase the ACTS membership. Even though ACTS has many supporters, it could do more good with increased support.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

ACTS has been meeting our community's most urgent needs for over four decades. The staff members are truly committed to the mission and go beyond expectations. The volunteer involvement is outstanding with hundreds of individuals sharfing their talents and resources.

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numerous ways throughout the years.

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not change a thing.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I and my family have supported ACTS for overe 25 years. We've donated many items to help the poor; sent people to them who were in need of getting help; worked with some staff members at Thanksgiving and with a local church to help feed the poor; and have even bought items at the store to help others in need. The staff has always been extremely helpfull and held those they were assisting or servicing with up most respect. There is no concern of a person/family's religion, race or political choice in helping those in need. More importantly the staff seems to go beyond doing thier jobs in demonstrating that they take joy and pride in helping those in need.

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Servicing those in need using funds donated as well as from profits from selling donated items. The food bank has been a major substance for many Prince William families. Helped homeless families with loging and workede to find jobs

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I would look at how to expand parking at the Dumfries store and possibly have carts for customers at both stores to bring in donations to the store

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have volunteered at ACTS for a number of years mostly picking up donated food from various businesses and, during special food drives, from many of the schools in this area. No matter how much food we pick up there is never enough. The staff at ACTS goes out of its way to provide as much food as possible for those in need. Spending as much time as I do there I have also seen the thrift stores in action as well as the homeless shelter. Without ACTS there would be many more people out there going hungry and many others living outdoors. I am also aware of the other facilities run by ACTS and am amazed at how much good this organization does in this community.

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The number of families that are able to eat because ACTS is there; the number of families who find shelter because of ACTS and the number of families who get finiancial help from ACTS.

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Not do a thing! They are doing a great job!

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have been involved with ACTS for a number of years and am always impressed by ACTS' ability to efficiently use the resouces available from donations and volunteer time to deliver services to the most needy in Prince William County. A donation of your monay and/or time at ACTS will be put to good use.

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seeing and hearing from the clients we serve.

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

find ways to get the Prince William community more aware of what ACTS does.

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