In this week’s Friday Focus we learn about ACTS (A Community That Shares) and how one idea can blossom into something big. ACTS provides convalescent medical equipment to those who would like to live in their homes versus at a health care facility. ACTS started as a small project in a garage and as time went on their idea for a centralized warehouse took form. Through hard work and dedication, ACTS is able to provide thousands of people with the medical equipment they need in order to continue living and improving their health, at home. We spoke to Dave Roche and Sam Brown, President of ACTS, to learn more about their organization and some of the challenges they face.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
ACTS has been serving Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s County, since 1993. We provide convalescent medical equipment that allows our neighbors to remain home instead of in a health care facility. This service is needed by accident victims, post operation people, the elderly and the sick. We provide, free of charge items such as fully automatic hospital beds, walkers, wheel chairs, crutches, electric wheel chairs, bedside commodes, shower chairs/benches, lift chairs, braces, rollators, knee scooters and many more items.
ACTS is 100% Non-Profit. We depend entirely on donations of money, equipment and manpower to keep the organization running.
Last year ACTS helped approximately 2500 people with approximately 3200 pieces of equipment.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
The ACTS volunteers are most happy when we hear the stories that our neighbors tell us about how grateful they are that they were able to help their loved ones with our equipment. This help may come because our friends needed the equipment after an accident, a hospital stay or procedure or because they are just very active senior citizens.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
ACTS biggest challenge currently is manpower:
- To man our warehouse and assist people who come to pick-up or return equipment
- To assist us with refurbishing returned and donated equipment
- To pick-up and deliver equipment to people who cannot physically come pick-up the equipment that they need.
- To help update our current database so we can better track our equipment in order to see that our community’s needs are able to be met in the future.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
ACTS will be participating in the CSM Health and National Senior Health and Wellness Day at the Leonardtown campus of CSM on May 31, 2017 from 10 am – 1 pm.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
Our President – Sam Brown – is always happy to meet with any individual or organization that is interested in knowing more about how we help our community.
ACTS website address is http://www.acts-smc.org
ACTS email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Phone number is 301-769-4199
Anyone can stop by our warehouse for a chat. We would love to speak to anyone who is interested. Our hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturdays.
Our address is 21808 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue, Md., 20609. 301-769-4199