OUR MISSION

To build a community that empowers the un- and under-employed to stabilize their households and build toward self-sustainability.
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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

ACT in Faith believes that as members of the community we are called to assist those whose needs lie beyond the scope of existing social services. By working together, we build a stronger community.

How Times Have Changed

In mid-March, as a result of COVID-19, we had to relocate, reinvent, and expand our operations to meet the increased needs and number of people counting on us. At the same time, our day-to-day village shrank by 75% as most volunteers had to stay home. But very quickly our village began to grow with monetary and in-kind donors, and new volunteers reaching out to help, many of them totally new to us. There’s not a day that we are not taken aback, if not overwhelmed, by the magnitude of generosity. This horrible pandemic has rocked the globe to its core but, amidst the sadness, fear and economic devastation, has emerged a new level of…as our windows state, Love and Hope.”

We Can’t Do This Without You

As you know, our mission, before, during and after this pandemic, is to provide support that empowers the un- and under-employed to build toward self-sustainability.  That mission has never meant more to this community that it has since March.

While landlords are not evicting and utility providers are not terminating service, we are helping families stay current to eliminate their accumulation of sizable debt which will need to be paid in the coming months.

Food insecurity escalated and we’ve found ourselves feeding double the number of families we typically do so we expanded our stock and began distributing meats, eggs, pre-made meals and a limited variety of produce.

Without your support and funds donated specifically for COVID relief, we wouldn’t still be here for those who need us.

In the the dear diary… section below you will see the depth of the needs that we are encountering and the huge part you are playing in helping to stabilize lives disrupted.

Click the “Counting on Each Other” link above to the right to get a glimpse into our day-to-day and the support you’ve made possible.

Masks for all ages compliments of Kesher Israel and Church of the Holy Trinity.

Donor Impact: 2019

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Households

516 households, individual shelter residents received assistance.

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Employment support

379 requests for services that help obtain or maintain employment were filled.

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Housing Stabilization

56  requests for services that help obtain or maintain employment were filled.


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Read actual stories about how our donors have changed lives.


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Ways You can Help


Volunteer

Share your time and energy providing services.


Community Cupboard

Stocked by the community for the community.


Employee Match

Grow your donation and make a bigger impact.


Greeting Cards

Donate in honor or memory of a loved one.


Annual Corporate Sponsorship

Partner with us to support the programs that change lives.


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Your shopping dollar give back.

Thank YOU 2020 Annual Corporate Sponsors

ACT in Faith Office Hours

SUPPORT APPOINTMENTS​ - COMMUNITY CUPBOARD
  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
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ACT in Faith serves the un- and under-employed in the West Chester zip codes. West Chester has a vast network of social service programs that offer vital help for specific needs..

For those who don’t know where to turn, ACT in Faith is an interfaith ministry that works to coordinate resources on behalf of our neighbors in need.

Our Advocates help you navigate the opportunities open to you by:

  • assessing need and urgency
  • identifying available services
  • listening and being a voice to advocate on your behalf
  • supplementing resources when possible

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HELP

Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of every non-profit and we couldn’t live without ours! Our volunteers are people from all walks of the community who have a passion for our mission and desire to build a stringer community. Our volunteers roles are: Client Advocate, Community Cupboard, Office Help, Event Support, and Committees. 
Contact us if you’d like to learn more.

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Community Cupboard

Our Community Cupboard is a source for personal care and house hold items such as shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste  trash bags and much more. We also provide non-government, non-perishable foods meant to supplement what people can afford with their income, receive via SNAP (food stamps), or obtain from the West Chester Food Cupboard or Salvation Army.  Prepared meals are also made available thanks to our partners at Parish Hall Kitchen. During these days of COBID-19, we have grown our food stock and have been able to provide frozen meats and eggs.

Employee Match

Your ACT in Faith donation may be eligible for your employer’s charitable gift-matching programs. We are already registered with Boeing, Vanguard, Johnson & Johnson, QVC, GE, J.P. Morgan Chase, and BNY Mellon’s matched giving programs but welcome the opportunity to register with any matching employer.

Greeting Cards

Need gift ideas? Birthday, Anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or another occasion? Consider a Gift Donation Greeting Card to honor your loved one. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Visit our order form and choose from 4 different designs. 
2. Make your donation to ACT in Faith via our online shop. ($10 Minimum)
3. Receive the greeting card from us for you to personalize and give to the celebrant.

Order your cards now!

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Annual Corporate Sponsor

Our corporate community partners share our belief that by working together we will build a stronger community. These partnerships help us form the relationships that allow us to grow our mission and strengthen the fabric of our community. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels, each with a variety of ways in which we will acknowledge the sponsor, not just at one event, but all throughout the year. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of Annual Corporate Sponsorship you can click here to review this year’s sponsorship levels and then click here to connect us.

2020 Annual Sponsorship Chart

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When you shop at AmazonSmile (virtually the same product selection as Amazon) Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to ACT In Faith. Simply select ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester as the charitable organization that you would like to support and shop, shop, shop!.