ACTS needs community’s help to nab grant

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 07:44 PM

With enough clicks, Area Christians Together in Service could receive a $10,000 community improvement grant.

Fluor, a global engineering construction company, selected ACTS as one of 30 finalists for the organization’s Global Community Project Fund grant.

Vance County residents can help select the winner by voting for ACTS at community-fund.fluor.com/projects-list.aspx.

Votes can be cast online once every day through 11:59 p.m. June 9.

Joan Robinson, who helped write ACTS’ application, said the money would go towards helping the homeless and reducing crime in Vance County.

“The grant would be used to provide more weekly meals to needy families, allow school-aged children to receive the nutrition they need to be more successful in school, and add additional English-as-a-second-language classes,” she wrote in the application. “Additionally, ACTS would be able to provide hot meals to 25 participants on the ACTS meals on wheels waiting list and breakfast and lunch to more than 30 children from June 2014 to August 2014.”

ACTS operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, and meals on wheels and summer feeding programs. Every month, ACTS provides more than 2,500 hot meals and 300 meals to the county’s elderly population.

Twanna Jones, ACTS’ director, said the operation has grown immensely since she joined about two years ago.

“When I started, we were feeding maybe 40 people per day,” she said. “But now, we are at around 100 because we have meals on wheels, summer feeding, a soup kitchen and food pantry.”

So far this year, she said ACTS has helped 13 men and women get off streets and enter drug recovery programs.

“My dream is to expand this because I see so many young men and women who are homeless,” she said. “ The $10,000 would allow me to bring more people in to expand the services and resources that we are offering.”

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.