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The Abington Community Taskforce (ACT) was formed in 1994 in response to the tragic murder of a young person. The community was immediately galvanized, distressed about problems among its youth. The response was unprecedented, with every segment of the community joining together in a common effort to understand the problems, explore the options, and work together toward solutions. ACT was born--a coalition of parents and Abington- and Rockledge-based educational, religious, social service, recreational, civic, and law enforcement organizations with a mission to create a responsible, caring, and safe community.
ACT's focus has been to promote healthy youth activities, to increase awareness among citizens about activities taking place in the community, and to give recognition to outstanding citizens involved in programs that promote ACT's goals. To accomplish these goals, ACT facilitates cooperation among Township and Borough organizations that share its goals as well as provides direct services to the community that are in line with its mission.
ACT is a nonprofit, community-based corporation with a board of representatives from a wide variety of member organizations that provide services to youth and families in the community. ACT's meetings give these representatives the opportunity to coordinate efforts among their organizations. Many of these people, in turn, serve on one of several ACT committees to initiate programs and deal with issues in more specific ways. Since its inception, ACT has achieved quite a list of accomplishments through its member organizations. These groups sponsor a wide variety of youth and family support services and healthy, entertaining activities.
The Abington Community Taskforce has been ably led from its inception by a number of co-chairs. They have included:
ACT's current co-chairs are Janet Seydel and Lt. Pat Molloy