Volunteer with ACTS
Currently volunteers are needed for Prince William Food Rescue (PWFR) as the program is taking on the responsibility of delivering food to not only ACTS' homebound Hunger Prevention Center clients but SERVE clients as well.
PWFR is an app based program enabling volunteers to pick up viable, close to expiration food from supermarkets, restaurants, food pantries, etc., and then deliver it to a program that can use the food right then. More info on PWFR may be found on their website here
Please feel free to contact ACTS’ Volunteer Coordinator, Shirley Couteau if you have any questions or need more information. Shirley may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or by phone 703-441-8606 ext. 212.
Due to the ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19 concerns, one of the precautions taken by ACTS has been to limit volunteer activities. Throughout this time ACTS staff will reassess and take guidance from the appropriate government authorities on when to return to regular operation.
ACTS appreciates all of our program volunteers and we wish everyone a safe and healthy spring!
Our amazing volunteers help us live our mission.
Throughout Prince William County, volunteers for Domestic Violence Services are taking calls and assisting victims in finding safe shelter. Sexual Assault Services volunteers take calls, as well, directing victims, reporting options, and encouraging medical care. Volunteers for both Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services accompany victims in hospitals and in courtrooms, advocating for them and giving them support.
Average Monthly Volunteers
First, we could not do it without out Volunteers
Volunteers are essential in delivering the important services ACTS provides in the community to assist the poor, homeless, and victims of personal violence.
Join us…and be the positive change you want to see in the world!
We want to build upon your talents and your selflessly given time to support the important work we do in the community to assist the poor, homeless, and victims of personal violence. Join the mission – sign up to volunteer today!
ACTS is truly unique when it comes to the variety of roles volunteers play within the organization. On any given day at ACTS, you will see volunteers in the Hunger Prevention Center receive donations, stock and replenish shelves, pack food bags, and distribute groceries. A visit to the Admin building finds Finance Department volunteers inputting data and scanning documents. Behind closed doors amid the muffled whoosh of sound machines are volunteers trained to answer crisis phone calls for ACTS’ 24-hour helpline. Across the parking lot, volunteers in the ACTS Family Services building assist in facilitating support groups for children and adults touched by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Volunteer – Paige Meade
There is an ongoing need for Volunteers in these areas:
- The meals can be dropped out at our facility and our staff will serve it. Or if you choose, you can bring and serve the meals for our clients.
- Capacity: Out shelter has a 18 bed capacity. However, we will give you a courtesy call to let you know how many clients we have on your specific week.
- Time: Dinner is served at 6:15 pm, so we always tell our donors that they can arrive around 5:50 pm if they are going to serve it. If its just to drop off, it can be before that time.
- You can provide:
- Dinner: this is the main donation. It can be home style cooked meals or store bought meals.
- Lunch: Optional. If you want to donate lunch it can be things like prepared sandwiches or the ingredients for the sandwiches. Microwave Mac & Cheese or Chef Boyardee
- Breakfast: Optional. If you decide to bring breakfast it should be food that can be heated in the microwave (waffles, french toast, sausages) or that don't need to be cooked (milk, cereal).
Contact the shelter at 703-221-3188 or ACTSHousingservices@actspwc.org
Adopt-A-Day Program– Volunteers provide premade breakfast, lunch or dinner and after-school snacks for children staying at the Beverly Warren Shelter.
We have oppertunities for volunteer work in our Administration.
Under the supervision of the Administrative Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers may be asked to assist with: mailings, data entry, filing, answering phones, and special events (iWalk, Operation Turkey).
Prior administrative and computer experience is preferred but not required.
Minimum age: 18
Administration– Volunteers assist our offices with general administrative tasks.
Domestic Violence Services
Volunteer opportunities abound at ACTS Domestic Violence Services.
In accordance with domestic violence program state accreditation standards, volunteers who work directly with clients must complete an intake with the ACTS Domestic Violence Services Director or Community Educator in addition to 32 hours of accredited domestic violence training. This training is provided by ACTS free of charge except for a one-time $50 fee to cover the cost of training materials.
Volunteers may be trained and mentored to assist with or provide many services that staff members perform. Here are some examples:
- Facilitation of Adult Victim Groups, both English and Spanish;
- Facilitation of Children's Groups;
- Assistance with Court Advocacy and Accompaniment;
- Lawn maintenance at the Safe House;
- Meal preparation for Safe House residents;
- Assistance with the Behavioral Intervention Program;
- Office Administration;
- Public Awareness and Education;
- Assistance with staff and volunteer training.
If you are interested in volunteering then first complete and return our Application Form and indicate you are interested in working with ACTS Domestic Violence Services, or you may call the Director, Dotty Larson, at (703) 221-4460.
Domestic Violence Services– Volunteers are provided training to assist with support groups or work in our children’s program.
Volunteer with the Food Pantry
Keep in mind the food pantry requires some heavy lifting, bending and standing for long periods of time. We need three types of volunteers:
- Those who stock/replenish
- Pick-up drivers, and
- Volunteers who work the floor and give out groceries.
If you are interested in learning one or all three of these positions, please let us know.
If you would like to volunteer with the Food Pantry, please fill out an Individual Volunteer Application or Group Volunteer Application.
Food Pantry– Volunteers sort and package items for families or pick up donations from local grocers.
Volunteer for the Helpline
Beyond the pain, there is hope. You can help someone reach hope.
- Do friends and family confide in you?
- Can you remain calm in a crisis?
- Are you a good listener?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, ACTS Helpline needs volunteers like you. No experience is needed—only a caring heart, dedication and a willingness to listen and learn.
This is a chance for you to be involved in your community and make it a kinder place. We are here when people are in pain and need someone to turn to.
If you would like to be part of Helpline, please call 703-221-1144.
Helpline- Volunteers are provided training to answer calls for our 24/7 helplines.
Sexual Assult Services
ACTS Sexual Assault Services is currently in need of passionate, dedicated and compassionate volunteers to join our support team. In order to volunteer, it is mandatory to attend a 32 hour training that will equip you with the skills necessary to help sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and their families on their path of healing. We train individuals in crisis listening, dynamics of sexual assault and abuse and how to provide the best care for victims in their time of need.
Volunteers are trained and mentored to assist with the following duties:
- Providing on-call coverage for our 24-hour hotline
- Accompanying for forensic exams at the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department
- Facilitating support groups for sexual assault and /or sexual abuse victims.
If you are interested in volunteering with ACTS, please fill out an application found on the ACTS website, indicating that you would like to volunteer with ACTS Sexual Assault Services. For more information, please call 703-441-8606 ext. 702 and ask for the Sexual Assault Community Education Specialist, Terry Swirchak.
Please note that there is a charge of $50 to attend our training, which helps to defray the cost of training materials and background checks.
Sexual Assault Services- Volunteers are provided training to help with support groups or provide crisis support for victims at the hospital.
Thrift Store Sorter
The responsibility of a donation sorter works in our warehouse to open our bags of donations, sort through our clothing items, and prepare them for our staff to price and hang. If items are in unsaleable condition they are put in a
separate area to be discarded. Rather than throw these items away, they are sold in bulk to organizations who distribute them in Africa. Also, if shoes or other items are found in the bags they are put into bins to be sent to our Thrift Store location for pricing. This is the ideal job for individuals who enjoy clothes and can make a good story to go with what you find. If you see cute children's clothes in the store and say out loud, "Isn't that adorable?" then this is the job for you. Why not sign up a group of friends? We have a lot of fun!
Thrift Store Sorter - work in our warehouse to open our bags of donations.
Thrift Store Retail
The thrift store retail assistant processes, sorts and stocks donations to the thrift store and performs sale floor duties as assigned.
They must possess excellent customer service skills and be able to undertake the physical requirements involved with the Thrift Store setting. Good oral commutation skills and language skills are an advantage. Duties also include maintaining the safety and cleanliness of the store. If you like meeting people, showing off what you have to share, and take pride in what you do, this could be the spot for you.
You will meet some wonderful people. Some may come in, grab what they want, and go. But that isn't the norm. Most of our customers are part of the ACTS family and come to the store to meet, chat, and look for that latest piece of something they can't live without!
Thrift Store Retail Assistant - processes, sort and stock donations to the thrift store and performs sale floor duties as assigned.
How to Volunteer for ACTS
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ACTS! To get you started you must create a user profile in Better Impact. All volunteers must complete and submit the online volunteer application prior to volunteering.
Click the Volunteer Portal below to begin.
Please note: Applicants desiring to volunteer in our crisis programs are required to submit a background check and sign an agreement of confidentiality.