I've been working with ACTS as a trainer to help improve their team's ability to serve the LGBTQ community. They were already well known in the community for being affirming of LGBTQ people, but they made a commitment as a team to learn as much as they can to be even better.
After running a couple workshops, folks at ACTS will see me and tell me how they look at their jobs and even life experiences with a completely different perspective as a result of the training. That's an amazing dedication to service - they are mindful of their work while in the office and on top of that the staff thinks about their every day lives trying to imagine what life would be like for the clients they serve.
Soon I'll be co-hosting a panel discussion on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community with ACTS - so not only are they learning how to improve their own services, they're coordinating with other non-profits and agencies to teach them how to be better as well. ACTS is a wonderful organization with an amazing dedicated and brilliant team.
As a small business owner in Prince William County, our employees are an extension of our family. And sometimes they are thrust into crises that no one saw coming. When they hurt, we hurt with them - but with over 75 employees, we can't always be there in the way we want to. That's when we turn to ACTS. From the day we opened our doors, ACTS has been a vital partner in service to our community when folks fall on hard times or experience emotional or relational problems. The leadership and dedication of the staff are second to none. As a social worker for nearly 30 years, I know firsthand how hard it is to align a complex human service organization towards a mission as powerful as ACTS - and they've done it for 50 years! That's why I jumped at the chance to serve on the Board of DIrectors, and constantly look for opportunities to serve the mission of ACTS. If you or someone you know is hurting, or looking for a place to invest their time or resources, then look no further than ACTS.
ACTS is an incredible organization, is an asset to the Greater Prince William Area, and makes an incredible impact in the area. With their limited passionate workforce, ACTS makes a real difference in the community with a wide array of services. They are not only innovative with the services they offer, but they strive to work with other community organization to assess the community's needs and implement programs to make a difference.
Continue the great work, ACTS.
It continues to be a privilege to serve on the Board of ACTS. As the current pastor of one of the founding churches of ACTS, I feel grateful that ACTS has cared for the community for 50 years and has expanded the partnerships in the wider community to foster hope, provide relief, and promote self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis!
I have been a board member for ACTS for a number of Years and have seen ACTS mature into a robust organization of dedicated and caring staff and volunteers helping those in need in Prince William County. ACTS has grown from 13 churches with very limited resources getting together to help individuals in PWC with food and shelter assistance fifty years ago to an organization with both staff and volunteers providing emergency assistance, emergency shelter, domestic shelter and assistance, food, utility assistance, Helpline services, and a number of additional services to people in need. I am proud of the staff and volunteers who work for ACTS and feel honored to be a Board member of ACTS.
ACTS has also evolved in providing cost effective and necessary services to our clients. ACTS has a Hunger Prevention Center which allows us to provide both canned and packaged food as well as fresh vegetables which considerably improves the dietary variety we can provide. Recently ACTS started the PWC Food rescue program which provides the means to deliver food which formerly would been discarded to people needing the food via a phone app to alert volunteer drivers of the locations of food availability and the recipients so they can choose to make a delivery. This program is proving to be very effective.
For the above reasons, I am honored to be an ACTS board member and volunteer and thankful that ACTS continues to provide its services.
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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ACTS provides superior service to all its clients. It is the only non-profit in Prince William County (PWC) that provides such a wide breadth of services that it can assist clients with all their needs. It provided assistance to over 67,000 people in PWC in FY19. This included assistance to 3,565 victims of domestic violence and 507 victims of sexual assault. This assistance stretches from being with the victims at the hospital right after the incident through providing a safe house and assistance through any court appearances. ACTS responds to every Domestic Violence Situation that involve the PWC police department to immediately assist the victim and let them know what services are available to them. In FY19, ACTS launched a new program named Prince William Food Rescue to better distribute food where needed in PWC. ACTS makes a difference in PWC every day!
I have been involved with ACTS for a number of years and I am continually impressed with the services provided and the dedication of the staff.
In a recent experience, a woman approached me at a public event, saw I was associated with ACTS and proceeded to tell me that ACTS saved her daughter's life by helping her get out of a deadly domestic violence situation. ACTS helped her daughter every step of the way to get her out of this dire situation by helping her get a protective order, helping her get counseling, and helping her get back on her feet. This is just one example of how ACTS makes a difference in our community every day!
ACTS not only provides relief and support to most needy in Prince William County; it also provides a great opportunity for the community to volunteer and give back to our community. I've had wonderful experiences volunteering at the Thrift Store, the warehouse, and the Hunger Prevention Center with my family, with our Boy Scout troop, and with a group of work colleagues. We get to meet other volunteers and staff; learn about their operations; and best of all - experience the appreciation from the community members. Every time is special, because we know that our volunteer support has a direct result on ACTS supporting the community and helping our neighbors.
I’ve been coming here on and off for almost 5 years; seeing Lydia. The commitment and care I have received is outstanding. They make you feel comfortable and cover all your concerns and problems. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
ACTS has helped so many in the community and I can't believe the many different ways they are involved. I know people who have gotten help paying utility bills, food for their families, and clothing from the Thrift Store. They also have an entire team that focus on providing housing - both temporary and permanent! But I am also aware of services that go beyond those basic needs - services that deal with emotional and mental crisis. I've been able to refer people to call the Helpline for guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety caused by past trauma. I know people who have sought help because of domestic violence abuse and didn't know where else to turn. So many people and organizations have partnered with ACTS through donations and volunteering. Our community is grateful for all that ACTS has done, and continues to do, for us. An amazing organization with a really big heart.
Action in Community Through Service of Prince William Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, serving the residents of the Greater Prince William Area, which includes the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park in Northern Virginia.
ACTS has the only comprehensive Domestic Violence Program in the Greater Prince William Area. Our confidential Crisis Helpline offers 24 hour, 7 days a week, support and provides information regarding available options and safety planning. In our Court Advocacy Office at the Prince William Court House, our staff meets with those who seek a protective order and provides court accompaniment and advocacy. ACTS has a domestic violence safe house with eighteen beds for battered women and their children in an undisclosed location in Manassas. ACTS operates a court ordered program for batterers in the Manassas office. This Behavior Intervention Program is the only program in which ACTS charges for services.
ACTS has the only comprehensive sexual assault response services in the country. Our staff or trained volunteers provide forensic exam accompaniment to victims of rape at Sentara Hospital. Our staff provides individual and group therapeutic support to rape victims.
ACTS is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The LOSS Team provides a response within one hour to homes of families who have lost a loved one to suicide. Surviving After Suicide is a support group for those who have lost a love one to suicide and meets bimonthly. Renewed Hope is a support group for suicide attempters.
ACTS strives to alleviate homelessness and operates the Beverly Warren Shelter, an emergency shelter for women and their children. We have some townhouses where we can offer permanent housing. The Rapid Rehousing Program pays for client's first months rent and offers security deposit assistance. The Emergency Assistance Program and Hunger Prevention Center operate a food donation program that serves 1,300 families a month and provides financial assistance with utility bills. ACTS assists with prescriptions, propane, and basic needs, and provides case management.
ACTS operates the only regional thrift store where all proceeds support our local services. The thrift store is open seven days a week and accepts clothes, household items, and furniture.
Charlotte M. Williams
ACTS works diligently to live out it's mission in everything it does. ACTS fosters hope, provides relief and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis. Everyone in the organization, staff, volunteers and board truly cares about this mission!
38 years ago, I became a member of ACTS through our church. In the years that followed, I have been a volunteer, staff member, Board member and financial supporter. It has been the best of all experiences in terms of assisting the Greater Prince William care giving network to help those in a variety of stress situations find immediate relief and to craft positive solutions for attaining safety and self-sufficiency. The creativity of the organization and its readiness to work with local governments and other non-profits is a model for success that never grows old.
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.
I love serving on the board of ACTS because of the impact that its services make in caring for the community. The staff, volunteers, and board members illustrate the gift of what is possible when we work together and also with other local groups to be a beacon of light for those in need.
ACTS has been working alongside the church community in Prince William County to impact hunger and other social challenges. They play a vital role in those who have fallen through the cracks of life and give dignity back to those who are suffering. I am so proud to be associated with ACTs.
ACTS is a true partner in helping those under-served in our Prince William community. The array of services is diverse to assist a wide range of clients, including domestic violence, homeless, those returning to the workforce, suicide prevention. In each of the services available, there is breadth and depth to what can help people. They maintain dignity for the people they serve.
The leadership starting with the top is a genuine leader who truly has a heart to serve, in which I have been fortunate to support as well, including I WALK FOR ACTS, the Hilda Barg Prevention Center, and Operation Turkey (Thanksgiving food giveaway)
ACTS is deserving of this recognition!
I'm 71 and have MS and living in N. Va is very expensive. I only have 752.00 per month Soc. Sec. to pay rent and necessary things to live. If P.W. Co didn't have this program I really would need to eat dog food. Ive only been treated with the utmost respect and dignity and I always leave laughing and upbeat. The wonderful people who donate their time to this program are the very examples of the loving and neighborly way that Virginians reach out and help those needing a little pull up. Thank you all for this kindness and the hard work you so willing do Sincerely Donna Herrod
For the second year ACTS (Action in Community Through Service of Prince William County) I have worked with the staff at this non profit to help them raise funds through a 5K at my shopping center. The volunteers of this organization not only give so much of their time to help the community but also jumped to help with the fundraiser that is organized by a local church. They also came out and supported a food drive we did on Black Friday evening during our annual tree lighting ceremony. This organization gives so much back to the community. They have a great relationship with the business community.
Our team has been working with ACTS for more than 15 years and it has been an incredible experience! ACTS is the epitome of HOPE, PASSION, and SERVICE. They provide opportunity to people in need of hope, they selflessly serve our community, and are wholeheartedly committed to assisting folks get back on their feet and giving them the tools they need to dream again! Under the leadership of CEO Steve Liga, ACTS is a bright light in the lives of everyone in our community! We will continue to support their efforts for as long as they serve!
Love working here and helping people in our community!