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  

I have watched and particpated in ACTS for nearly three decades. As a former Prince William County official, I learned what an important role ACTS plays in the continuum of services provided to the less fortunate members of our community. Without the range of services available through ACTS, many economically disadvantaged families would go chronically unserved with serious results for both those families and our community. The County government, faced with its own fiscal challenges, simply could not afford to provide directly those services offered by ACTS nor could the County match the efficiency ACTS achieves through its extensive use of volunteers and donations.

Now as a Board member, I see even more clearly how ACTS stretches its income to extend services to those in need. Demand outstrips capacity, yet ACTS continues to reach so many. The Board is diligent in examining programs and services to look for opportunities to shift available funding to more critical service areas, but all of the remaining services provided by the agency are critical to its core mission and the clients served.

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As the individual ultimately responsible for operating a broad continuum of public sector services in our County, I saw the role ACTS played in providing food to families, emergency and transitional housing to those without a place to live, support to victims of family violence and counseling to those considering suicide.

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

ACTS would greatly benefit from an secure, predictable source of annual funding. Like many service organizations, the focus of ACTS' work is necessarily on getting services to needy clients. Fundraising takes time away from its service mission, yet its essential to enabling the mission. A dedicated source of revenue would allow effort to focus even more on assisting those using our services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the ACTS Board for several years now and find that ACTS provides a variety of valuable services to the community. Those who work with ACTS are dedicated to helping those in need. Many in the community have utilized one or more of ACTS services or have referred someone they know to ACTS. The community supports ACTS - students have collected can goods and coats for ACTS and businesses have donated goods and services to ACTS. Because of the continued support of the community, ACTS is able to continue to help those in need.

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

I have heard the testimonies of ACTS clients

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

Find ways to expand volunteer opportunities

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became personally acquainted with ACTS through my church when I helped to organize our first walk in support of the homeless about 4 years ago. Currently, I serve on the Board and count it a privilege to work with a group of people who are committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. We live in a nation where the issues of hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, and suicide should never go unaswered. ACTS has answered the call to help serve those in need and has done a tremendous job with the resources available. Unfortunately, with the economic challenges that many still face in our community and nation, the need seems greater than the resources. I have encountered so many people who have been a part of this organization for many, many years. This serves as a testimony to not only the work of the organization, but also to the good stewarship of time and resources that this organization practices to ensure that services get to those who most need them.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization by hearing from inidividuals who share their stories of how ACTS helped them when they needed it most.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, they would be changes to expand the organization's visibility and marketing so that more people are aware of the great work that is done and the overwhelming need for financial support that exists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been personally involved with ACTS as a donor and volunteer for over ten years. My experience says this is a top flight, charitable organization that offers a broad array of serices; homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and programs, suicide prevention programs, emergency assistance services, and a food pantry. ACTS has a remarkable reputation in our community and receives financial support from a diverse base, including grants, churches, private and corporate donations, and even some limited public funds. It is a great organization, doing great things!

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The most memorable event occurred when I was collecting donated food at a local grocery store and one of the manager's approached me and asked if I was from ACTS. When I told him I was, he gave some extra food and explained that when he was out of work several years earlier ACTS had helped him and now he was happy to give back and hopefully help someone else as ACTS had helped him. Over the years, I have experienced tremendous joy watching people come to ACTS and obtain the asistance they need.

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

Find a way to allow them to help more people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was able to work with ACTS days before Christmas 2010. My daughter-in-law, grandchildren and I went to the family shelter and made some beaded jewelry with the children and mothers that were spending Christmas at the shelter. The excitement in those children's eyes was a great gift to me. ACTS provides a great service to families who are suffering hard times and need a little lift to keep things together. We are grateful such services are provided. Who knows when WE may need them. I know they made Christmas a lot brighter this year.

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

Seeing the joy of Christmas shared with families in need

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have lived in Prince William County for most of my life and since I was a young girl in Girl Scouts, I have been aware of the good works that Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) does in my community. As a girl, I helped with food drives and as an adult, we donate all of our children's clothes and books that they have outgrown, as well as any other household items we can no longer use. We love the fact that our donations are either given to our neighbors in need in the community, or sold in the Thrift Store to help with the day t0 day operations of the organization. And now, my own children see how ACTS helps our community every holiday season when they take canned goods to their school for the annual food drive.

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

seeing the triving business at the Thrift Store.

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

n't change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Without ACTS, Prince William would not have a much needed saftey net as they struggle to survive.

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

Seeing how ACTS impacts the lives of the needy in Prince William

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

No Changes needed. Great leadership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We first became aware of ACTS through our church when we moved to Prince William County, VA. We were young with young children and not much money to spare, so we donated to the thrift stores and food drives. Realizing that we were alleviating the hunger and suffering of our own neighbors, as opposed to the poor in general, we eventually made ACTS one of our permanent/monthly charitable contributions. It is satisfying and reassuring to "help at home". As our exposure to the many programs and volunteers grew, we were and are routinely impressed with the dignity with which the "clients" are afforded as well as the actual aid. Our family could not be more satisfied with the results of our contributions.

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

At the ACTS thrift store, both the customers and the donors are treated with respect and dignity. Always a sincere gratitude expressed for the donations that I would PAY them to take!!!

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

Personally, I do not have the experience or full knowledge of all of ACTS programs, so I could not make a suggestion as to overall improvements. My experience with the thrift store shows it to be professional, clean, organized and respectful. The food bank feeds so many...more than I thought possible. Impressive.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is no question that the food pantry has provided a much needed service in these recent challenging times.

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

observing the results.

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

Find more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We sometimes forget , in an area where money and politics reign, that that there are people who need help with the basics of life, food, shelter, and transportation. ACTS is actively helping these people and all donations are used for this purpose with as little overhead as possible.

I wish I could do more!

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

helping in the food pantry

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

seems run as well as it could

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