The Abington Community Taskforce (ACT) is a coalition of diverse organizations working together to enhance the effectiveness of programs and services for youth and their families in order to ensure a safe and caring community.
- Caring – We share a sense of responsibility for the well-being of our community.
- Collaboration – We are a diverse group of individuals and organizations who work together to advocate and problem-solve for the benefit of children, youth, and families.
- Community – We share a vision and support one another to create an environment where children and youth thrive.
- Integrity – We set a standard of honesty and act as a role model for the community.
- Proactive Protection and intervention – We are leaders in assessing needs, determining challenges, and inspiring action.
- Respect – We value each person and family.
What ACT Provides for the Community
ACT member organizations look for ways to provide needed programs and activities as well as to evaluate and improve on those already in existence for area children and youth.
As a nonprofit organization, ACT is able to partner with its member organizations to develop and sponsor services and programs to fill in gaps where other community services end. Programs and services currently in place are:
- ACT Website (www.abingtonact.org) where member organizations can publicize their youth activities, parenting programs, volunteer needs, special events,, community resources, and timely information to help them carry on their work to further ACT’s mission of creating a safe and caring community.
- ACT Facebook Page Everyone who is on social media is encouraged to “Like” the Abington Community Taskforce Facebook page. You can check “notifications” so that each time there is a post about a community event or program, you will be notified.
- ACT Teen Council comprised of 10th through 12th grade students who meet regularly to plan meaningful activities and programs. The Council grew out of ACT’s first two Teen Forums as part of the Taskforce goal to promote greater youth involvement in ACT and to facilitate greater community civic engagement by youth.
- Jim Sheldon ACT Teen Forum which brings together young people for educational programs that will foster positive peer relationships, healthy decision-making, and enhanced self-confidence. It identifies youth leaders in the community and provides an avenue to bring youth representation to ACT.
- ACT Kid Forum is an assembly of students from each of the Aington elementary schools and the junior high school to learn about leadership and cooperate with high school students to complete a service project.
- Citizens That Care Recognition Reception to honor individuals and community organizations that have distinguished themselves in their service to the youth of Abington Township and the Borough of Rockledge.
The ACT general membership, comprising representatives from member organizations, meets five times a year (January, March, June, September, and November). In between those meetings, committees also hold meetings. ACT committees include Development, Recognition Reception, Membership & Marketing, Youth Involvement, and Teen Council. Community groups and organizations who have 501(c)3 status and share an interest in ACT’s mission are encouraged to attend a general membership meeting and explore a relationship with ACT.