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Review for Action In Community Through Service of Prince William County, Dumfries, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Review for Action In Community Through Service of Prince William County, Dumfries, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Board Member & I have served as a volunteer with ACTS for thirty years, assisting in the leadership and future planning of the organization's service capacity.