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Adventist Community Services, GW
Your trusted source for community compassion


Welcome to Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington*

Your trusted source for community compassion
Generously helping the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in the community attain self-sufficiency and independence since 1983

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Who Are We

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) was established in 1983 as the collective health and welfare service of several local church congregations.  Today, ACSGW is a faith-based, non-profit, organization whose mission helps those less fortunate in our community.

We are a team of donors, community partners, staff, and volunteers who empower those in need through compassionate emergency care, life education, and community development.  ACSGW currently provides food, diapers, free thrift shop, youth development, health and fitness, technology education, and workforce skills.

We invite you to join the team at Adventist Community Services in serving the community and help implement this rewarding mission. 
 You Can Share in the ACSGW Mission and Help Make Miracles
Miracles happen every day at ACSGW, especially during Covid-19. Dedicated volunteers come in, put on all their protective gear, and serve the community with emergency food boxes and diapers.  Faithful donors and partners enable food distribution at the ACSGW center and at satellite locations in the Silver Spring area. Generous donors and organizations in the community continue to join to allow ACSGW to more than quadruple its service to the food insecure during this pandemic! The help families are getting in many cases is a matter of their survival.

Like everyone else, the ACSGW team is hoping for the miracle of a break-through discovery that will take us from the Covid-19 nightmare, from job loss and shelter-in-place, and back to a sense of normalcy. Until then your help making every day miracles is needed.

Programs That ACSGW Donors and Supporters Help Provide




The ACSGW team helps stabilize families in need.  Even in normal times, many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet.  They often struggle to clothe themselves and their families, put food on the table, and find the resources they need to exist, let alone survive, in our fast-moving society. In times of major disaster, like Covid-19, your donations and help can literally mean survival.


Emergency Relief


Fortunately, disasters do not strike often, but when they do, they can be overwhelming. We need your help as the ACSGW teams works to provide food, clothing, and household goods to help people get back on their feet.  When someone is in crisis, the team rallies around with welcoming support.  ACSGW is known for its inclusiveness, compassion, and responsiveness.  Clients tell us when they were ready to give up, ACSGW gave them hope. 




ACSGW understands that most people want to take care of themselves and their families.  ACSGW offers a hand in helping people learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient.  Clients tell us that being self-sufficient allows them to have a feeling of dignity. The newly learned skills also assist them in obtaining employment and career advancement. Workforce training programs include classes offered in ESOL, computer literacy, computer repair, and workplace software.


Youth Development


The youth from low-income families may not always receive healthy, nutritious meals, and they consistently score lower on academic tests. The ACSGW Making Tracks Academic Enrichment Program is a nationally recognized Montgomery County summer program conducted by ACSGW and its community partners.  This 6-week camp provides vital academic instruction, hands-on visual and performing arts classes, fitness and recreational activities and essential life-skill training. Participants receive daily breakfast and lunch meals, as well as take-home weekend food packages (Smart Snacks).

Your help is needed to deliver this program and others to our marginalized youth and their families in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and other East Montgomery County communities as we invest in their future. 


Health and Wellness


Exercise and the life skill of swimming is important to all of us. ACSGW contracts with the Montgomery County Government to operate the public swimming pool in the Piney Branch Elementary School. ACSGW also regularly conducts health screenings and provides health-related workshops throughout the community. 


Other Programs


When the needs of our clients cannot be met with ACSGW programs - referrals are made. During the case management process clients are interviewed to understand their needs and qualifications for various assistance programs with other non-profit and government organizations. With this information, it assists clients in finding resources to aid them in difficult times. 

*Our Education, Health and Wellness, and Youth Development programs that are greyed out are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.  Watch for updates.

Our Team


Coat Drive

The Takoma Park Police Department, in partnership with Adventist Community Services (ACSGW) is collecting clean, gently used warm coats in any size from infant to adult. The coats will be donated to people in need. This coat drive can make a difference in the lives of others by simply donating coats and jackets that are no longer needed. We will also accept clean, gently used gloves/mittens and scarves.

A large donation box will be placed in the lobby of the Takoma Park Police Department at 7500 Maple Avenue beginning Monday, November 2, and ending at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Donations will be given to Adventist Community Services for distribution during and after the drive.

You Can Make a Change




A Day in the life of ACSGW

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""Although the epidemic has required everyone to observe social distance, there's actually no distance that can stop the spread of love and compassion for neighbors and community.

TzuChi Foundation

"The Piney Branch Pool is an essential, low cost recreation and exercise resource for Takoma Park and area residents, including many low income families."

Mayor Kate Stewart

Takoma Park, MD

"Sometimes food from ACSGW is the difference between eating or not.  . . . ACSGW’s program is available to anyone, even when they are not eligible for other government funded programs and are just plain hungry! "


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