Be thankful for everything 

Aspley Caring Through Service (ACTS) is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission regulation 2013. Every dollar received is donated in full to people in need. All ACTS activities are supported by volunteer services.

“For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.” 

– Matthew 25:35-36

HOMELESSNESS

The ACTS ministry provides funding for meals for the homeless and those without families in the Brisbane CBD and surrounding areas, the Gold Coast and in Mareeba in the Tablelands. This is delivered through the work of groups like Rosies dedicated to provide meals in local areas.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LEARNING TOOLS

ACTS supports activities in schools located in low socio-economic areas in Queensland. ACTS funds and partners with organisations like YMCA in the provision of breakfast for children in schools under the YMCA umbrella network. Similarly ACTS partners with organisations like Give A Child a Chance (GACAC) of St Vincent de Paul Society to equip students with learning tools that are otherwise not available to students due to costs or family issues.

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

Sadly this is a big and growing issue in our society. ACTS partners with organisations like the Uniting Church Community Services Brisbane Northside and Micah Projects in the provision of support and advocacy services to individuals and families confronting domestic violence.

REFUGEES

ACTS has been working alongside Sri Lankan families on temporary bridging visas which are still in the legal system awaiting a call-up of their Court cases.

NATURAL DISASTERS

Accessing people adversely affected by the droughts were partnered through the following organisations: 1. The Lifeline Office, Toowoomba 2. The Burke & Wills Patrol Padre in Cunnamulla 3. The Tenterfield Anglican Church 4. St Vincents de Paul Conference Coonabarabran, and 5. The Uniting Churches in Glen Innes, Longreach and Stanthorpe

Not for Profit

ACTS constantly seeks to find new avenues of service to humanity and does not receive any government funding. Currently, its funds come solely from fundraising by the congregation of the Aspley Uniting Church, but it can raise funds from the wider community if it has the capacity to do so. ACTS has no administrative or fundraising costs. 100% of its gifts are used to meet its Charter.

Board of Management

Current members of the Board of Management (April 2020) include Everald Compton (Chairman), Wally Rea (Secretary), Bernie Meyers (Treasurer), Reg Miles, Andrew Norton, Jose Faktaufon, Shirley Kuhbauch and Rev. Sandra Jebb. Contact can be made via the email address office@aspleyuc.org.au or to Everald Compton on 0407 721 710. 

The ACTS Charter

In 2010, the Aspley Uniting Church established a ministry to support people in need. It operates under the title of ACTS (Aspley Caring Through Service) and is a registered charitable institution for which donations are tax deductible. Its Board of Management is appointed by the Church Council. The ACTS Charter, as approved by the Commissioner of Taxation, is to make direct financial gifts to people in need anywhere within Australia, with priority being given to those who live beyond the boundaries of the Aspley Uniting Church. ACTS cannot make a gift to another charity for use for its general funding. It can, however, make a gift to a charity for the specific purpose of helping a person or persons who have been nominated by that charity as having a special need. If it so chooses, ACTS can own and operate a kitchen that provides meals to those living in poverty or it can fund meals provided by another kitchen for a nominated number of persons. ACTS has initially funded people whose lives have been impacted by situations such as these Homelessness Domestic and Family Violence Elder Abuse Unemployment Natural Disasters such as Droughts, Floods and Bush Fires Financial stress Out of the ordinary health costs Single Parents unable to meet basic needs Children who go to School without breakfast Refugees and Asylum seekers ACTS is not restricted just to meeting those needs. It constantly seeks to find new avenues of service to humanity. ACTS does not receive any government funding. Currently, its funds come solely from fundraising by the congregation of the Aspley Uniting Church, but it can raise funds from the wider community if it has the capacity to do so. ACTS has no administrative and fundraising costs except for transaction charges levied by financial institutions. 100% of its gifts are used to meet its Charter.

The ACTS Annual Report for 2019 can be found here: ACTS Annual Report 2019.