ACTS soliciting volunteers this week
Registrations are being sought for a volunteer recruitment fair with Area Christians Together in Service.
The fair is scheduled each morning this week, Monday through Friday, at the ACTS house at 305 South Chestnut Street. Breakfast is provided each morning at 9:30 and registrations in advance are requested.
Twanna Jones, ACTS director, said ACTS has not held an aggressive push for volunteers through a recruitment fair before. She’s hopeful of adding to the volunteer base for new program opportunities.
“Because we have expanded ACTS ministries we need more volunteers,” Jones said. “We are now delivering meals, partnering with the senior center to deliver for the Meals on Wheels program. We’ve been doing that for several months.”
On the Wednesday morning following their volunteer recruitment week, ACTS is holding its annual “Falling in to Good Health” event from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Jones said access to health information, free testing, screenings, and to representatives available from area hospitals and health organizations will present an immediate example of the kind of outreach ACTS does in partnership with other agencies.
“We are trying to raise awareness of the resources available through ACTS and also organizations we partner with,” Jones said. “One of our functions is to act as a liaison between people in need and other organizations that can help them. Not every need is the same.”
ACTS will on Nov. 1 start an outreach into the county, setting up a spot for feeding people at a different designated county location each month.
This is an added once-a-month visitation that expands on the outreach of monthly visits to area nursing homes, Jones said.
“We are wanting to expand the impact of ACTS beyond our walls to help our city and county while people are building back up,” Jones said. “This is our response to needs we see in these troubled economic times.”
To register, call ACTS at (252) 492-8231. If leaving a message, and leave a name and number to be called back.
In an hour-long presentation, ACTS staff will provide orientation on different activities, a tour of facilities and new outreach efforts. The list of current volunteer opportunities includes meal delivery drivers, pantry preparation helpers, cleaning crew, meal preparers and front desk greeters.
During orientation, prospective volunteers will learn:
• ACTS runs a soup kitchen meal outreach each weekday from 11 a.m. to noon.
• Simultaneously, they work a food pantry outreach also on Monday through Friday, filling emergency food boxes.
• Each Friday during the school year is Backpack Buddies day, providing weekend food for children that school counselors refer to them.
• ACTS conducts a summer feeding program for students while school is out.
“We don’t know if some children are getting enough, so we give them some food to make sure over the weekend,” Jones said.
Recent statistics with ACTS indicate up to 90 food boxes are provided in a month. The soup kitchen and food pantry feeds more than 100 people on some occasions.
Jones indicated there are growing needs that stretch available resources, making the task of feeding the hungry more difficult in Vance County. She’s hoping to have more hands to help.
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