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Many in our community need a helping hand during the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.  Your financial donation will help those most vulnerable receive food, medial assistance, utility assistance and other services.  Please join ACTS in providing assistance to our neighbors in need, in the name of Jesus Christ.

How We Are Assisting Others During COVID-19.

In response to COVID-19, ACTS fulfills immediate client needs while minimize risk to our volunteers, clients and staff.  We continue to provide food, medical assistance, utility assistance and other services to clients, but with the safety of all in mind.  Our monthly Senior Food Distribution Programs continue to operate the third Saturday of each month in Aiken, Graniteville, Jackson and Wagener, but with modified procedures for the safety of our volunteers and the seniors who participate.

Please contact Client Services at (803) 642-5919 during the hours of 11 am to 3 pm to make an appointment.  All services are provided “curbside”.

ACTS Resale Stores at 409 Hayne Avenue in Aiken and 50 Canal Street in Graniteville are open to the public Monday through Friday.  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

The ACTS drop-off area is open to accept donations from 9 am to 4 pm.

Our team will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and plans will be updated as needed.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

As the management and operations contractor at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is proud to partner with ACTS. Since 2008 the company has contributed $91,000 to support ACTS and its programs. “We know many in our region can find themselves one paycheck from financial hardship, so we’re grateful that ACTS and many other United Way agencies provide a needed safety net,” says SRNS Government & Community Relations Manager Chris Caldwell.

SRNS employees are strong supporters of ACTS, both financially and through volunteer activities. Two peer-led career development organizations that SRNS sponsors, AMP (Aspiring Mid-level Professionals) and LEAP (Leaders Emerging Among Professionals), have worked with ACTS through coordinated volunteer events and United Way-sponsored efforts. And many SRS retirees continue their legacy of giving to be strong volunteers for ACTS.

Learn how SRNS is One of South Carolina’s Best Places to Work: https://youtu.be/oZoziSkxAt8

https://www.savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com/

 

Dominion Energy garnered with ACTS by generously giving their time during the month of April. Employees, Rotondra Johnson, Dayana Martinez and Javier Santos joined ACTS during the food distributions in Oakwood-Windsor, Ridge Spring and New Ellenton. Johnson and Martinez helped pack bags full of sustainable food, and they shared ways ACTS’ clients could save on their utilities with Dominion Energy. David Rosling and Scott Neely, also Dominion Energy employees, ensured the shelves were stocked in the ACTS Food Pantry. David pulled food off the shelves for the April Community Food Distributions, and Scott restocked afterward. Rotondra and Dayana joined the April Senior Food Program and shared helpful information with seniors receiving their monthly supplement of food. ACTS is grateful for the partnership with Dominion Energy and the generous employees who give of their time to help those in need. Together, lives are being transformed.

Woodside Rent Assistance Program

Members of the Woodside Plantation community have created an initiative in conjunction with Aiken Churches Together Serving (ACTS) to establish a program to provide rental assistance to Aiken County residents. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic many Aiken residents have lost their jobs and cannot continue to pay their rent, as well as any back rent. While the renewed CARES ACT has extended the anti-eviction rule, the back rent will still be owed by the residents.

Pete and Billie Messina along with Brian and Margie Robertson have established a program with ACTS called the Woodside Rent Assistance Program (WRAP). The parameters for this program will include such items as:

  • Renters who were employed however recently laid off.
  • Renters who will be evicted if back rent is not paid.
  • Landlord must provide proof of “Paid in Full” receipt after payment.
  • Interviews will be conducted by ACTS with each potential candidate to ensure compliance with the program parameters.

This program is a great opportunity to help the community and to specifically help hard working individuals who may be struggling to pay rent and on the verge of eviction. While 2020 was a miserable year, most retirement plans did extremely well. Please review yours and also be aware that a gift given to ACTS, as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, should be tax deductible. Furthermore, a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA is another way to reduce one’s Required Minimum Distribution that is taxable. You can donate directly to ACTS at https://actsofaiken.org/donate and note contribution to contribution to the WRAP program.

WRAP is purely a neighbor-to-neighbor initiative and does not involved Woodside Communities or the WPPOA.

Poverty has ripple effects.

In our community, the effects of poverty are seen in broken families, lack of education, few work opportunities, health issues, crime, addiction, abuse…the list goes on.

Because all people are created with value, poverty keeps people from their potential. We believe when someone is kept from their potential, we all lose.

Join our diverse group of volunteers, donors, and staff to help move people from need to their potential, by fighting poverty and strengthening families…one person at a time.

Because each person we serve matters to God!

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