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February 4--  Concerted Services is a non-profit social services agency which has been serving citizens in southeast Georgia for years, but now it has a new name.

actionpactAction Pact leaders were guests of the Vidalia Rotary Club.  (L-R)  Executive Director Bryan Singleton, Toombs County Coordinator Scovia Paulk, Deputy Director Shelli Tyre, Rotary Club President Angie Holsinger McDaniel and program sponsor Kris Stovall.

Bryan Singleton is the Executive Director of what is now called Action Pact operating in 30 counties with a nearly $21 million budget funded primarily by the federal government.

"We certainly work closely with federal and state agencies.  That's where we receive the majority of our funding, but we're the ones doing the work day in and day out.  They allow us to do the work and the freedom to do what that community needs," he notes.

Action Pact is responsible for a myriad of programs including Head Start for pre-schooler's, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children and Meals on Wheels for seniors plus other programs.

The Action Pact coordinator for Toombs County is Scovia Paulk who knows from personal experience how the agency can help folks in need,"I actually had a cousin who said I'm going to take you to this place to help pay your light bill.  I had just lost my husband and didn't have any money and didn't have a job. They walked me into Concerted Services and I had no clue what it was.  They paid my light bill and I was sitting there and God told me 'Ask for an application.' Prideful, I wasn't going to do it, but I asked for an application and here I am today.  He always has a purpose, so whenever someone comes into my office, I can relate to where they are and it makes my job a little easier to help them and not to be ashamed to come and ask for assistance."

Senior citizens frequent the Action Pact Senior Citizens Center in the Vidalia Community Center and Paulk says volunteers who spend time with them get more out of it than the senior citizens do, "I don't think the realize once they are able to give them just a smile for the day, it touches their hearts and they usually want to come back because they get fulfillment from it."

If you can help volunteer an hour or so, contact Scovia at 537-0453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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