ACTION CENTERED TUTORING SERVICES
Serving Springfield Massachusetts
It was a year ago when Executive Director Burt Hansen approached the board and suggested opening a 10th tutoring site in Springfield's underserved North End. From that point on, it was full steam ahead! Steve Lewis, our board grant writer, secured a $5,000 matching grant from the Amelia Peabody Foundation. Board Member Marcus Alston then spearheaded our first-
Once again, our faithful donors came through and met the match from the Peabody Foundation, bringing the total to $11,046 -
The next step was finding a suitable location and hiring a site director. The YMCA provides snacks for ACTS children each week and, building on that partnership, Burt secured space in the YMCA North End Outreach Center. We are grateful to Outreach Director Uriah Rodriguez, Center Director Denise Castro and Program Manager Anthony Vega for their warm welcome and accommodating spirits! Nelly Benjamin, an administrator at the STEM Middle Academy, was recommended as site director by Lakia Stanton, STEM Assistant Principal and ACTS Board Member, and before we knew it, the site was up and running in April with four students and four tutors. A true testament to the power of hard work and prayer!
With 10 tutoring sites, ACTS has the capacity to accommodate 100 children beginning this fall. That means, of course, that we need 100 tutors! Please invite family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers into the ACTS family and the ACTS tutoring/mentoring experience. Remember:
Visit acts86.org to get the current list of sites and the schedule, our brochure, tutor/mentor application forms and more. If you would like materials emailed or mailed directly, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A modest commitment... enormous rewards!
We are a non-
ACTS is registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a 501(c)(3) non-
All contributions are tax deductible
Being a non-
Clockwise from top left: Director Emeritus John Howell and Clarence Smith, Weinhold Scholarship Committee Members Ashiah Richeme (left) and Linda Howell, Board Member Willette Johnson and her grandson Elliott (who seem to have different responses to the event), Executive Director Burt Hansen presents a $25 gift card to tutor Tru Teh for recruiting tutors from Upward Bound, Pastor Nancy Ebner of Orchard Covenant Church, Orchard Covenant Site Director Joy Holsing tells the story of God’s work at that site (see story below), and Board Member Lakia Stanton.
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Jennifer Cushman, President, ACTS Board
Dot and Russell Weinhold were involved members of ACTS beginning with its establishment in 1986. To honor their memory, Weinhold Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who are going on to higher education and who were a part of the ACTS program as tutors or students.
This year's recipient is Joy Smith. Joy was a student at the Evangelical Covenant Church site for six years and credits her tutor/ mentor and current site director Joan Stewart with making a profound difference in her life. They still keep in touch regularly, illustrating the best of the potential ACTS can offer. Joy says that her mentors at ACTS helped her to become a more organized person which has helped in her school work and all parts of her life.
Joy is a graduate of Pioneer Valley Christian Academy where she has been involved in volleyball, choir and the yearbook staff. She will attend Holyoke Community College this fall and eventually wants to transfer to UMass and enroll in their hospitality/restaurant management program. She is a faithful teacher of 5th and 6th graders at her church, and is particularly excited about a girl that she has mentored who was recently baptized.
Congratulations, Joy! n Tuesday
Left to right: Joan Stewart, ECC Site Director; Sharon Weinhold Davis, Joy Smith, Bev Weinhold and in front,
Joy’s sister, Naomi.