What We Do
All ACRT projects are designed to eliminate barriers to access. These barriers include:
INTERNET, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Many of the families can’t reach traditional outlets of support, because they don’t have the means to communicate with them. They either lack Internet access, don’t speak English, or they can’t understand written resources (ie. flyers). When a family or community member calls the ACRT hotline, they can get immediate assistance in Spanish or English.
At-risk families miss out on community resources because they don’t have the transportation to get to the center/site where they can get support (ie. food pick-up). ACRT provides contactless deliveries to at risk-families. Also, all of our projects including our COVID-19 testing site are strategically located in the community so that families can walk to get assistance.
LEGAL STATUS BARRIERS
All of our programs are available to our community members regardless of legal status.
ACRT Food Distribution
ACRT provides contactless food deliveries to at-risk families and individuals in PG and Montgomery County. Through our delivery network we’ve successfully filled access gaps in the community.
Members can make immediate requests through our hotline, and volunteer drivers drop off food thus eliminating transportation barriers.
Neveritas del Pueblo – Network of Community Fridges
A community or “solidarity fridge”, as they are often called, in PG County will cut food waste, build stronger bonds within the community and provide people with nutritious, perishable items completely free of charge. Our goal is to establish a community pilot project in the heart of Langley Park. Over time, ACRT aims to create a network of Community Fridges (aka. Neveritas del Pueblo).
COVID-19 Testing for El Pueblo
People living in traditionally under-served neighborhoods have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are in need of accessible and convenient testing options. The Audelia Community Response team is collaborating with Unicare Medical Solutions Inc. (Meduni), and All Care Family Urgent Care to create a community-based testing site in Langley Park. Free testing will take place in the Takoma Academy Preparatory School.
Academic Support – Parent Network
ACRT is collaborating with Mary Harris Elementary school in building a circle of support for at-risk children and families in Prince George’s County. Additionally, ACRT is distributing tablets and computers so that children can continue their virtual learning education.
Kind Scholars is a joint mentoring program between ACRT and Family Learning Solutions, Inc. where college graduates/students and younger MCPS students come together to engage in meaningful conversation and support each other. We discuss a variety of topics including mental health, SAT prep, and other topics of interest for our students.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with PG Mutual Aid, ACRT participates in Care Days. These are bi-weekly opportunities where our team engages in one-on-one and group interactions with members of our community. During these interactions, we can learn more about community needs while also distributing food and essentials.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
In collaboration with IMPACT Silver Spring, ACRT coordinates COVID-19 vaccine clinics. These clinics are held in 3 locations that are easily accessible (walking distance) for many community members. We have volunteers that speak Spanish, Amharic and English. Volunteers assist patients with registering and coordinated the scheduling.