ACTS Commitment To Our Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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While some of ACTS services will be reduced, the demand for others will likely increase - in particular, our Senior Link and Hunger Prevention Programs (especially home delivery to shut in seniors). This will be occurring at the very same time many of our most consistent older volunteers will choose to stay home.  Thus, we are asking staff to consider redeploying to one of these areas:Senior Link: These are simple five to ten minute calls to home-bound seniors to check in to see how they are doing, offer services, or simply to provide personal contact. The demand for these is likely to increase (as we will be advertising the service), and we do not expect to be able to meet the demand with current staff and volunteer levels.It requires very little training to make these types of calls - the are NOT crisis calls.These calls can be made from either our...
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TIPS FOR FAMILY GIVING

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By Anna Hargrave, Executive Director for Montgomery County“How can we get our children involved in giving?” This is one of the questions we hear frequently from our donors, especially around this time of year. We hear it about children of all ages—because parents never stop thinking about how to pass on their values.And we have plenty of ideas to offer from our many years of working with individuals and families to maximize the benefits and impact of their giving. Here’s a taste:TAKE YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU when you volunteer or attend an event sponsored by an organization you care about, such as a site visit, presentation, or fundraiser. The rides to and from the event provide the perfect opportunity to prepare them for the experience and then to debrief. Be sure to tell them why you care, and ask about their reactions.HOLIDAY GATHERINGS are the ideal setting for starting a conversation....
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HPC Holiday Hours

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ACTS Hunger Prevention Center will be CLOSED from December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020.  It will reopen on January 2nd from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and resume regular operating hours beginning January 3rd.  Thank you to all who donated food items over the past two months giving us the ability to distribute 2,300 pounds food to 1,832 individuals during Operation Give Thanks! Of those we helped, 579 were children and 189 were single adults. We are ready for another year of helping the food insecure in our community.Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from the entire HPC Team!
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Today is #GivingTuesday

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We are able to provide FREE services to over 80,000 individuals every year through the generosity of our Donors!  Today is a special day for giving.  Would you be willing to consider making one more donation as the year comes to an end?  Every dollar makes a difference.85% of our Revenue --> Programs and Services15% of our Revenue --> Operational ExpensesYour donation provides:  food, housing, emergency assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault services, 24/7 crisis helpline support, court advocacy, suicide support, and emergency shelter for our neighbors in crises. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! ------->  Donate Now <-------                                          
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Milestone: 100,000 Pounds of Food Rescued!

Milestone: 100,000 Pounds of Food Rescued!
For Immediate Release:100,000 Pounds of Food Rescued by Prince William NonprofitPrince William Food Rescue announces the milestone of 50 tons of food diverted from landfills and into food pantries.Dumfries, Virginia – 12/2/2019 – Prince William Food Rescue, a local initiative to mobilize volunteers to reduce food waste, is excited to announce the delivery of its 100,000th pound of food rescued. This benchmark comes less than four months from its inception in August 2019.A program of Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), the Prince William Food Rescue organizes small deliveries - or “rescues” - from grocery stores and restaurants to distribution locations that include churches and schools. Volunteers are notified of rescues through a mobile app, where they can claim and track their rescue.“We’re amazed by the support that our community has given to the Food Rescue program”, says Aaron Tolson, Director of Development for ACTS.  “The Prince William region is full...
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Operation Give Thanks 2019

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ACTS Hunger Prevention Center seeks to help food insecure families enjoy the upcoming holiday season.  November 1st - 20th is our annual Operation Give Thanks initiative where we provide Thanksgiving bags to families we serve, in addition to the regular bags of food they would normally receive.   Last year we provided Thanksgiving meals for 1,000 families in our community and we anticipate reaching that number again this year.  Our goal is to ensure every family we serve has a meal to share on this special holiday.  Every year we rely on donations from our community in order to share the joy of the season with our neighbors who may be struggling, and we are looking to you again this year!  Individuals, families, faith-based communities, schools, civic groups, businesses and other organizations are welcomed to donate items from the list below and can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 am...
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IWALK for ACTS 2019

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The 9th Annual IWALK for ACTS is taking place this coming Saturday, October 5th at Stonebridge at Potomac Center!  The day begins with a 5K Run/Walk starting at 8:00am followed by a free Family Festival from 9:00am to 1:00pm down the main street at Stonebridge.  There will be vendors, activities for kids, police and fire vehicles, face painting, live music, food and more!  Additionally, all 5K participants will receive a $5 Off Coupon to attend Youth For Tomorrow's Country Fair that same afternoon in Bristow!  So, grab the family and have fun this Saturday supporting two amazing organizations serving our community.Registration is still open online and you can even register Saturday morning before the race.  Visit www.iwalkforacts.com/register and signup today!Image Church founded the event eight years ago with the idea to raise funds for the many programs of ACTS directly helping thousands of individuals and families hurting in our community.  Last year they...
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ACTS: On a Mission to End Homelessness in Prince William

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Here are some frightening stats about homelessness in Prince William County and beyond:On any given night in the state of Virginia there are 6,067 people suffering from homelessness.In the general population, 7.2 out of every 10,000 people are homeless.Prince William County’s homeless numbers represent 7.8 out of 10,000 people alone, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness organization, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.Homelessness is a national problem. However, here in Prince William, ACTS is helping change our neighbors’ lives through the shelters and services offered one person at a time.ACTS Works to End HomelessnessFrom emergency shelter to transitional housing to permanent housing, ACTS is providing services throughout Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Whether it’s a safe place for just the night, or a few weeks, ACTS provides not only the shelter necessary during a difficult period, it also provides...
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Anxious. Heartbroken. Unbearable. Angry. Painful

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That’s how women described listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett M. Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Dr. Blasey’s story triggered strong emotional reactions of fear, shame, shock, anger and worry – common feelings when survivors are made to remember something bad that happened to them in the past. Triggers can be physical too; chemicals and hormones released in the body during a traumatic experience can also be released when the experience is remembered.It should come as no surprise that The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reported a 201 percent spike in calls the day Dr. Blasey testified as well as “unprecedented wait times” for its online chat. Their Crisis Text Line, which provides crisis intervention, saw the numbers of people reaching out with stories of sexual abuse double...
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ACTS Celebrates 50 Years Serving Prince William

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by Olivia OvermanAction in Community Through Service (ACTS), a Dumfries-based non-profit, celebrated 50 years of service in Prince William with a 50th Anniversary Gala event held on Feb. 28 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Local officials, partners, donors, volunteers, and staff celebrated the past, present and future of an organization that contributes in so many ways to the community.   Created in 1969 after 13 churches came together to help a family whose house had burned down, today ACTS provides assistance to thousands of families in crisis in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park. In 2018 alone, ACTS assisted nearly 80,000 individuals in crises, providing food to over 700 families a month, nearly $300,000 in utility assistance and taking 40,000 calls through their Helpline. ACTS also helps people with housing assistance, those dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as offering items through their thrift store.“It was exciting and humbling to...
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ACTS 50th Anniversary Gala

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Tickets Available!We are just a few weeks away from a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate ACTS 50th Anniversary!  Plans and preparations have been underway for months to create a moment where the past, present, and future are recognized and celebrated simultaneously.   What a wonderful evening this is going to be at the Hylton Performing Arts Center!The Gala will begin with a cocktail hour accompanied by live music provided by the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra’s string quartet.  While guests mingle in the grand foyer, they can enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, place bids on the silent auction gift baskets, browse the history of ACTS through photographs, or explore the tables of information about all the programs and services offered to our community.  A photographer will be making the rounds to capture the tuxes and evening gowns that are sure to make the evening sparkle.Soon the doors to Gregory Hall will open...
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What A Whir

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I impatiently wait as my computer logs onto our server, mentally preparing for the emails that need a response.  I already know what they are – my cell phone was kind enough to deliver them to me earlier.  I sip on coffee and enjoy the temporary calm and quiet of the office.  The only sound I hear is the muffled whir of several small sound machines located outside of our Helpline rooms just down the hallway – evidence that some staff have been here all night long, behind closed doors, answering crisis phone calls.Prior to working at ACTS I had no idea there even was a crisis helpline in the county.  I didn’t know that, for over thirty-five years, there have been staff and volunteers on a constant rotation talking to people in our community dealing with all sorts of crisis – many contemplating (or about to go through with) suicide. ...
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DAWSON Helps Organize ACTS’ New Hunger Prevention Center

October 16, 2018A group of about 30 employees from the DAWSON company came down from Alexandria, VA on September 20th and spent the entire day at our Hunger Prevention Center (HPC).  They helped move food from other storage locations into the HPC, then sorted, organized, and shelved pallets and pallets of food.  Once they had gone through all of the pallets and boxes of donated foods, they noticed several shelves were still empty.  Going above and beyond, the team of volunteers chose to go shopping and then returned to stock those shelves with the needed items!  This group of employees rocked it at our warehouse and we are so thankful for their support in such a tangible way!In addition to having a group volunteer at the HPC for a day, DAWSON has also begun helping ACTS through sponsoring training, supporting our Sexual Assault program, and sponsored the IWALK just a few...
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