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Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

Nonprofit Spotlight: A Community That Shares (ACTS)

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Do you find yourself wondering how or where you can find medical equipment for your friends or family members? A Community That Shares (ACTS) is the answer. The organization loans free medical equipment primarily in St. Mary's County, but also helps people in Charles and Calvert counties when equipment is available.

ACTS began in 1993 by a member of the 7th District Optimist Club for the purpose of loaning free convalescent medical equipment. The organization has a warehouse in Avenue which was enlarged in 2012 to double its capacity to 3,000 square feet plus loft storage.   

Medical equipment is mainly received by donations from families and individuals who have taken care of their relatives.  Some rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes in the area donate used surplus equipment. ACTS also purchases new equipment based on demand for specific items and maintains equipment by buying replacement parts to ensure safety and extend functional life.

There is no charge for use of the equipment as well as no time limit on how long it can be used. ACTS gladly accepts donations of cash to help with operational expenses and to buy replacement parts and new equipment.

ACTS is an all-volunteer organization. This past year, ACTS volunteers put in more than 5,000 hours of service to the community.

ACTS is able to continue to serve and grow thanks to the generous support of many community members and organizations. The organization is thankful for the 7th District Optimist Club for its generous lease of the land for the warehouse. ACTS is starting a fund drive to add heat and air conditioning to the warehouse. Donations can be sent via mail to:

PO Box 54
Bushwood, MD 20618

ACTS is open six days a week and can be reached at 301-769-4199 or via email: Visit the ACTS website to learn more.