ValleyGives Fundraising Event Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Mass – May 1st Remember ACTS

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The online ValleyGives Fundraising Event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Mass is Tuesday May 1st this year. We are blessed to have several friends of ACTS who have created a matching fund of $3,000 if we can raise that amount through the ValleyGives campaign. The minimum donation is $10 and if everyone touched by ACTS contributed just this modest amount the event will be a success!

Please visit the ACTS page at on May 1st and give, so that we may continue making a difference… one child at a time.


Amazon Smile – Select Action Centered Tutoring and Contribute

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Planning to do some shopping on Amazon?  Why not make a difference in the life of a child at the same time!  

Amazon has a Foundation called Amazon Smile at  Every time you shop through this site, Amazon will donate  0.5%  of your purchase to a charity you select.  I hope you will consider selecting Action Centered Tutoring Services as your charity of choice.  The program provides free one-to-one tutoring for students in grades 1-5, and as a Board member and tutor, I can personally tell you what a positive impact this program has on children’s lives.

There is just one step required in signing up.  When you go to  for the first time and sign into your account, you will be asked to select a charity.  This is where you can type in Action Centered Tutoring Services.  Once the system has pulled up the program,  just hit the “Select” button and you are done!   The site is exactly the same as the regular Amazon site, but through your shopping,  you will be helping to provide free tutoring services to children in need–it doesn’t get any better than that!

Jennifer Cushman, President, ACTS Board


Needed: 100 Tutors!

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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:

● Tutors have just one job ─to cherish the child!
● Tutors need just one qualification ─to be a caring adult!

Visit 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

A modest commitment… enormous rewards!

Tutor Appreciation Dinner Held May 2017

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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.