Ethan Vick is the Administrative Coordinator at ACTS. He attended East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in the field of English Education. He has been with the organization since October of 2015, and was originally employed with the Thrift Store. He now contributes to ACTS...' blog, as well as provides weekly editorials for ACTS' staff called "What Up Wednesdays." More

Partner Workout Session Brings in Hundreds of Dollars to ACTS

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On July 7th, personal trainer and yoga instructor, Alicia Cross , and Coach TJ Fabis of Priority Wellness hosted an afternoon of fun and fitness at Occoquan Regional Park to benefit the clients of all of ACTS programs. The two conducted a half-hour partner boot camp workout followed by a partner yoga practice. Anyone how donated the $10-$20 suggested donation was entered into a drawing for great prizes like a gift certificate for a month of Nutrition Coaching from Alicia Cross Training and month of complete wellness/fitness programming from Priority Wellness.  After the event was over, I sat down with Alicia to talk about how the event went and why she and Coach TJ chose to hold a fundraiser for ACTS: Ethan:  Do you typically hold events together, or is this the first time you've partnered for a cause?   Alicia: This was the first event TJ and I co-hosted.    Ethan:...
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Virginia Fresh Match Means More Healthy Fruits & Vegetables For Virginia Families

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ACTS' Hunger Prevention Center is a supplementary food program designed to assist families in Prince William County, many of whom are on governmental food assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) Families who are in need of food all receive fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, canned goods, and household necessities through ACTS' Hunger Prevention Center. Special food packages are made for individuals with dietary restrictions, and we are even able to provide diapers if they are needed.  No one leaves our Hunger Prevention Center empty-handed. We also continue to participate in outreach and awareness campaigns with the assistance of the Greater Prince William Food Council and local farmers.  At over 60 sites across the Commonwealth, Virginia Fresh Match doubles the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), helping Virginians bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables. When customers spend $20...
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Stamp Out Hunger Drive Brings in 8 Tons of Food to ACTS Hunger Prevention Center

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On Saturday, May 12th, the 26th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held in cities and towns all across America, and post offices located within our area were part of this nationally-coordinated event. Annually held on the second Saturday in May, this drive is the outgrowth of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ tradition of community service, a tradition exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carriers’ union over the years. The drive began in 1991, and since that time, it has grown to cover all 50 states.  Like most good things, the idea is very simple. On the second Saturday in May, postal workers deliver mail to neighborhoods and collect food donations that have been stored in mailboxes. The food is collected and donated to charities that support hunger prevention to local residents. In our service area, four different post offices collected food...
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ACTS Hosts NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

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What is the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family Education Program? NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Tuesday and Thursday evenings June 19 - July 31, 2018 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ACTS 3900 Acts Lane, Dumfries, VA 22026 Participant Perspectives “This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all...
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ACTS Introduces New Board Members

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ACTS Board of Directors provides strategic vision, policy guidance, and fiduciary oversight to ensure ACTS is a good steward of the resources entrusted to us and we stay true to our mission. Members of the Board are drawn from the local community and serve on a voluntary basis for terms of three years each.   Today, we'd like to welcome Dru Kyme and Adil Khan to our board. Dru Kyme currently provides tax and book work in the Woodbridge area. A graduate of Gar-Field High School and alumni of both Radford University and George Mason University, Mr. Kyme worked for the U.S. Naval Audit Service for a number of years in our nation's capital. Upon his acceptance to ACTS Board of Directors, he says, "I am excited to be with ACTS so that I can give back to the community that I have been a part of for so long."  Having lived in...
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Update on ACTS' Hunger Prevention Center

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As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day Monday, we'd like to share that, due to unforeseen circumstances, our Hunger Prevention Center launch date has been moved to June 19th. So many improvements have been made recently to make this newest addition to ACTS as efficient as can be, and we can't begin to thank our supporters, volunteers, and vendors enough for the work they have accomplished so far in making this feat possible. The Hunger Prevention Center will be a site where we will be able to store more food and make the process for our clients who receive food so much easier. In order to facilitate this new change, our Food Pantry operations will be limited throughout the month of April.  WHAT TO EXPECT During the closing of the Food Pantry, we will still be providing food to our clients. They will be...
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The Facts Behind Senior Hunger

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Nearly one in every six seniors in America  faces the threat of hunger  and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of  more than $130 billion every year  due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger. Senior hunger is an expansive issue that requires an understanding of exactly what constitutes a senior being “hungry,” the issues that stem from senior hunger, and how seniors who are hungry can be helped. To understand the concept of seniors being hungry, you must understand what it means to be “food insecure.” When you are food insecure, it means that there is “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain...
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ACTS Celebrates Volunteers with 2018 Appreciation Dinner

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On Tuesday, April 17th, ACTS honored its organization-wide group of volunteers by holding a dinner at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Woodbridge. The event was catered by Touch of Class Catering, and volunteers, board members, and staff alike spent the evening solving mystery-themed puzzles as well as providing special recognition to those who greatly contributed to ACTS' mission during the previous year. The departmental award winners this year were: Mark Victorson : Volunteer of the Year for Helpline Bob Chamberlin and Jeff Cole: Volunteers of the Year for the Hunger Prevention Center Joline Doedens-Combs: Volunteer of the Year for Domestic Violence Service's Court Program Edward McGovern: Volunteer of the Year for Sexual Assault Services   The Howard Horner Award Winner for 2018 was Kathleen "Kathy" Sweeney. This award, which is presented to a non-board volunteer who traditionally has at least five years of active volunteer service, is the most prestigious award that ACTS...
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ACTS Introduces Traumatic Death Support Group

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Death due to a sudden or traumatic event can raise a number of complex issues for the survivors. The grief process is often very different from an expected or anticipated death. Bereavement is often intensified, since there is little to no opportunity to prepare for the loss, say good-bye, or address unfinished business.  ACTS Traumatic Death Survivor support group is a free, confidential, non-judgmental peer led support group, whose goal is to provide a safe environment for those who have experienced a traumatic loss. It is an opportunity for participants to give and receive support with others who have experienced the traumatic death of a loved one.    Anyone who has lost a friend, family member, or significant other in a traumatic death situation is invited to attend the bi-monthly meetings.  For more information, including meeting time and location, call ACTS 703-441-8606 ext. 214.   
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The Women's Empowerment Center Gets a Makeover

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On April 10, ACTS' Housing Program held a special open house to celebrate all the work that was accomplished at our Women's Empowerment Center. Members of the community, the ACTS Board, and the Trade Partners that made the feat possible were invited to attend, and a reception followed. The renovations will bring some big changes to the programs offered there, but... Just what is the Women's Empowerment Center? The Center is a special part of ACTS Housing Services.  It is designed specifically to help women who have been homeless transition into stable living on their own.  When a single woman, or even  a woman with kids, becomes homeless, friends and  family will often take her in for the short term.  However, long term stability can be difficult to find.  More often than not, the woman may lack the resources to make it on her own right away. The Center is...
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Not Your Average Joe’s Sponsors ACTS

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Throughout the month of March, Not Your Average Joe’s, located in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, hosted a fundraising event for all of ACTS’ programs. On Tuesdays, the restaurant would donate 20% of the total purchase of a meal (minus tip, tax, and alcohol) to ACTS if its patrons mentioned our organization. This is part of the charitable wing of Not Your Average Joe’s called “Not Your Average Cause.” Local Joe’s restaurants pick charities that serve in their community and give back in a variety of ways. According to Donald Bloss, Assistant General Manager of the Woodbridge location, “One of our mandates as a company is to give back to the community.  ACTS, being a local organization with a fairly broad reach was a great choice for us.  We were able to meet some new folks, provide them the experience we are known for, and were able to contribute to...
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Construction of the Hunger Prevention Center is Underway!

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We are very pleased to announce that our Hunger Prevention Center, which is an expansion of our food pantry operations, will officially open in June and construction will begin this week! This newest addition to ACTS will be a site where we will be able to store more food and make the process for our clients who receive food so much easier. In order to facilitate this new change, our Food Pantry operations will be limited throughout the month of April.  WHAT TO EXPECT During the closing of the Food Pantry, we will still be providing food to our clients. They will be given Emergency Bags of food, but no produce or meat will be distributed. While we are closed we will not be accepting ANY donations at the food pantry.  Donation drop off times will resume tentatively on May 29th.  Once the Hunger Prevention Center is operational, it will mean that our clients will have...
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Be Part of the Change with ACTS' Annual Membership Drive!

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Over 80,000 residents of Prince William County look to ACTS for assistance.    When you join ACTS:   You can directly help your community.   You can be there for your neighbors and children today and tomorrow.  You provide food for your neighbors, ensure they have a roof over their heads, provide healing for those who have been abused, and offer hope to those who are in despair. BECOME A MEMBER NOW Together, as a part of the ACTS Team, we are improving lives. Consider the following true story to understand the impact your donation has for your neighbors.  Approximately nine months ago, a victim of domestic violence walked into the Emergency Assistance office for both financial and food assistance. During her case management session, she disclosed her husband had recently passed away after physically abusing her for years. She added she was facing foreclosure on her home, and felt depressed....
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Safeway Benefits ACTS with Company-Sponsored Giving

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On February 21st at Safeway’s Lanham, MD headquarters, Safeway employees presented checks to representatives from different nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Northern Virginia areas. ACTS was one of the 19 recipients to receive funding that day, and CEO Steven Liga was in attendance during the ceremony. “Throughout the year, Safeway’s more than 12,000 employees enthusiastically participate in company-sponsored giving and volunteerism programs,” said Jim Perkins, Safeway, Eastern Division President. “We are so proud of our employees, whose generosity and caring truly demonstrate the Safeway spirit of giving.” The grants were funded through the charitable contributions of Safeway employees, and the employees themselves nominated the organizations to receive funding. Like most stories of charitable giving at ACTS, this story started with one individual who wanted to make a difference in our area. Brian Christensen, Safeway’s Assistant Sales Manager, volunteered with ACTS and was so struck by the work we do...
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ACTS and Image Church Gear Up for 8th Annual IWALK

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Plans for the 8th Annual IWALK for ACTS are already underway! ACTS and Image Church are excited to host this year’s 5K and family festival at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. This central hub for shopping and dining in our community provides a perfect backdrop for the event and offers maximized exposure for raising funds and awareness for ACTS’ vital work.   The event will be on October 5, 2018.   More information is available on our event website  www.iwalkforacts.com   Last year's event drew thousands of people together for a day of fun, fitness, and fellowship, and in the process, raised nearly $100,000 for ACTS to help local families struggling to make ends meet.  Another big thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!   Currently, we are looking for Sponsors and Volunteers for this year's event!  The Sponsorship package is on the website,  http://www.iwalkforacts.com/sponsors/   If you are interested in sponsoring...
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A Special Winter Food Drive!

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Happy New Year! We hope that 2018 has been great for you so far, and we wanted to share that we have some pretty neat goals in store this year too! ACTS' Hunger Prevention Center, which is an expansion of our food pantry operations, will officially open in June. It will be a site where we will be able to store more food and make the process for our clients who receive food so much easier. But what's a food pantry without some great produce? That's why we're introducing this online drive so that we can help continue  to eliminate hunger for our neighbors in Prince William County, and we hope that you can help.  We strive to provide healthy food to those we serve. In the summer, we receive tons of donated fresh produce from local farms. Once the growing season ends, its hard to source produce. We're running...
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ACTS Honors IWALK '17 Volunteers & Sponsors

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On January 24th, ACTS hosted its very first Happy Hour to honor those who served during 2017's IWALK 5k and family festival . Among the guests were members of Image Church , IWALK's largest sponsor, as well as representatives from different companies and organizations around Prince William County who made IWALK a success last year. CEO Steven Liga toasted Wegman's, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, ACTS staff and volunteers, Kate Shifflett and Board Member Beth Seidler among many others for their time and efforts in bringing in almost $90,000 in much-needed funding to all of ACTS programs. Lula Kelly, Director of Housing for ACTS, commented, "It was a quaint event and [ACTS' staff] was able to share more about the programs we have to our sponsors. When you're around the people from Image Church, you get the sense that these people do good things from their soul, and it's very...
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2018 Grammys Help To Bring in $10,000 to Helpline

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On January 28th, the 2018 Grammy Awards aired and were held in New York City. Rap artist Logic's song 1-800-273-8255 , which is named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Music Video. In addition, Logic performed the song during the broadcast accompanied on stage by a group of people personally affected by suicide loss, suicide attempts, and ideation. Given the surge of calls that were expected, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline asked call centers across the nation to be prepared for a higher rate of calls from January 28th through the 29th and the weeks following the Grammys. In return, the Lifeline would provide a one-time fund of $10,000 to each of these centers. ACTS' Helpline , which is associated with the Lifeline, was one such call center that participated in this request, and was awarded $10,000 for...
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ACTS Introduces Virtual Tour

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Have you ever wanted to know more about our programs but didn't have the time to visit each of our locations? We have you covered. ACTS is pleased to announce its first virtual tour which highlights the majority of the programs our organization has to offer. In this video, you will be introduced to not only the locations where most of the good work gets done; you'll also have the chance to meet each of our program directors and learn a little more about the functionality of our services. ACTS has been a staple in the community since its creation 49 years ago, and we aim to offer a helping hand to our Prince William County neighbors in crisis.    If you like our work or would like to ensure that ACTS' programs continue to run, we hope you consider making a donation whether big or small to our organization....
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A Reflection of 2017

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2017 is over, and last year, our organization experienced more growth than we’ve ever had in our almost 50 years of existence. The extension of our Food Pantry; the Hunger Prevention Center , steadily developed. Our satellite office in Manassas opened, which hosts all of ACTS’ services. Our Board of Directors grew, and their leadership and backgrounds have brought in so many positive changes. Our annual events like IWALK , Operation Turkey , and the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner were some of the biggest and most attended we’ve had in our history. And Comcast Cares Day , which was the result of both Leadership Prince William and the hard work from the volunteers who were here that day, helped to create the environment that we want to instill upon the clients who need our services; that of warmth and compassion. In short, when future generations of ACTS volunteers and staff look...
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