Monday, April 29, 2013
A $50,000 donation by the Rotary Club is funding half the costs of construction.
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches will mark its new expansion efforts with a groundbreaking ceremony May 18. The volunteer organization, a consortium of 48 churches that serve those in need in the greater Towson area, has been operating in a small facility behind Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., since 1985. In a news release, the group states that additional space is necessary to carry on its mission. "Since the volunteer organization opened 27 years ago in the building that was a converted garage, its client base has grown considerably," reads the release. "In 2012, ACTC served 33,700 people, more than double the number it was four years ago in 2008 and 30 percent more than in 2011." Plans for construction, …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Assistance Center of Towson Churches is providing bags of Thanksgiving food to families in Towson, Parkville and Lutherville-Timonium.
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- Nayana Davis
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In 2011, Assistance Center of Towson Churches provided about 27,000 clients in need with donated Thanksgiving dinners—an increase of approximately 10,000 from the previous year. This year, organizers expect to see another drastic rise in the number of those they serve. "Every year we worry about having enough but somehow we've managed," said Cathy Burgess, executive director of the church network, which consists of about 50 congregations that service Towson, Parkville and Lutherville-Timonium. The Thanksgiving basket giveaway began about 18 to 20 years ago, initially as a collaboration with the county department of social services. Volunteers from the assistance center and other community organizations are spending much of the week …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
15 Towson buildings will serve as drop-off points to donate canned and nonperishable goods.
The Towson business community is banding together for a food drive benefiting impoverished families in the Baltimore metro area. "It's a great positive community event, and many local professionals get involved," said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The Towson Food Drive, which is in its third year, collects canned and nonperishable goods for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches, a consortium of 48 local churches that service needy families in Baltimore County and the city. Items can be donated at 15 buildings around Towson until Oct. 31. Last year, the event more than 600,000 pounds of goods were donated, said Darryl Askew, operations manager for Charles Schwab, which hosts the collection's kick-…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The community group's event is one of many across the county.
Residents from across Towson will join with community, business and police leaders Tuesday night for Towson Area Citizens on Patrol's National Night Out. COP volunteers will meet at Towson Place Shopping Center (outside Michael's) starting at 5:30 p.m. COP members, as well as police and fire vehicles, are set to parade through the Towson area starting at 6 p.m. The event is also a food drive for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items. TACOP has already been collecting food for ACTC ahead of the event.
Monday, June 4, 2012
In the organization's first 5K, the Assistance Center of Towson Churches raised more than $10,000.
Hundreds of runners, volunteers and even a few pets came to Goucher College on Sunday to show their support for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. The organization's first Call to ACTCion 5K run and 1 1/2 mile walk drew 279 participants and dozens more volunteers. The Towson nonprofit, an ecumenical group of 48 area churches, offers food, rent assistance, utility aid, transportation and medical care for needy residents in central and northern Baltimore County. The race raised over $10,000 for the group. Reader and volunteer Ruth Schaefer sent us these photos. Disclosure: Your intrepid editor ran, too, finishing his first 5K with a time of 30:34.93.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Patch editors are taking part in a 5K for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches.
There's still time to join Patch editors as we hit the track for a 5K run to benefit the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. The Call to ACTCion 5K run and 1.5-mile walk is this Sunday evening at Goucher College. Though advance signups have closed, you can still register at the event for $35. ACTC provides food, transportation, medical and other services to needy residents in Towson and throughout central and northern Baltimore County. This is the group's first 5K race. For more information on Sunday's race, visit the group's website. See you there! Follow along with the latest headlines on the Towson Patch Facebook page.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches needs your assistance. To raise funds for the group, join Patch.com's Baltimore County editors for its 5K run and 1.5 mile walk on Goucher College's campus on June 3.
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches is hosting its first Call to ACTCion 5K run/1.5 Mile Walk around the beautiful Goucher College campus on June 3 at 5 p.m. At Patch, part of our efforts include raising awareness of nonprofit organizations doing good work in our community—especially when they need assistance. You may not know it, but ACTC provides emergency help to poor and needy families across Towson. Check out a video about the organization and the race attached to this story. Its service area incorporates 21 zip codes in the county and in 2011 the organization assisted nearly 26,000 people with food, clothing and other goods. Its Thanksgiving Basket Program in 2011 helped 2,500 families have a holiday meal. ACTC's main goal is …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches announced its first 5K race, set for June.
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches is seeking runners and sponsors for its first 5K race. The Call to ACTCion run, announced Wednesday, is scheduled for June 3 on the campus of Goucher College. Registration is available on the organization's website. The organization supports food aid and other assistance for needy residents in parts of Towson, North Baltimore, Pikesville, Parkville, Cockeysville and northern Baltimore County. Suzanne Boellner, the vice president of resources for the group, said the organization needs money for services including rent and utility assistance, transportation and supplemental food supplies. "That money all comes from donations, [but] when we run out of food, we have to take the money we would normally …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches is in need of key grocery items.
It's a good day at the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. The shelves inside the tiny building tucked next to Calvary Baptist Church are filled with pies and breads and salsa. Stores like The Fresh Market and Whole Foods Market regularly (and generously) donate leftovers and surplus products to the center. But bread goes stale, salsa spoils and in a matter of days, those shelves will be right back where they started. This is where the assistance center finds itself, just a month after Christmas. Donations of key grocery items have slowed and administrators have had to buy food to fill crucial needs. The assistance center, funded by 48 area congregations, serves low-income individuals in a wide swath of zip codes in Towson, Parkville, …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The assistance center has hundreds of baskets ready for needy families
Casey Dean is like a lot of moms, juggling her two children, appointments and groceries. And unfortunately, like a lot of moms, she has had trouble making ends meet lately. On Monday, the 33-year-old from Cockeysville found herself at the Assistance Center of Towson Churches, where she was one of hundreds who were there for a Thanksgiving basket. The assistance center began its two-day Thanksgiving basket distribution on Monday and families from around the assistance center's service area each came to get one of about 2,500 baskets. The distribution continues Tuesday. The baskets include stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni, meat, vegetables and everything needed for a turkey dinner. The Maryland Food Bank provided more than 140 frozen …