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  

The thrift store and shelter provide major benefits throughout the community, I have both donated and utilized these facilities on numerous occasions. I have also donated to the food pantry. So many volunteers and they are all delightful, helpful and caring. They are able to reach and help so many people in need. ACTS just had a book sale, with amazing deals throughout the day. I can't wait for this year's charity walk at National Harbor. I hope the supporters don't try to make this about themselves, and instead they allow ACTS to shine with all they have to offer.

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

Find a way to make the restroom at the thrift store available so that a fitting room can be opened.

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2014

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Donors know that virtually every dollar they give to ACTS is going toward client services. ACTS is a very effective & efficient comprehensive community service organization that serves clients who are in need of social services ranging from emergency assistance & food assistance, emergency shelter, domestic violence intervention/prevention, sexual assault crisis counseling & prevention, and a Helpline for suicide prevention and other crises. ACTS is invaluable to the Greater Prince William County area!

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

expand the job training courses that are available through the ACTS Employment Program

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

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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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

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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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Operation turkey

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

More community volunteer opportunities

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Observing those in need being assisted

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None

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