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January 2011 News 

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Contact Information 
Mailing Address
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

Furniture Donations


ACCA Website

Next Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 1
7:30 pm fellowship
7:45 meeting
Friendship United Methodist
3527 Gallows Rd.
 Falls Church, VA 22042

Child Development Center News
A successful Holiday Bazaar provided a day of fun, food, and shopping for Child Development Center (CDC) parents, children, staff and community members. Supported by TD Bank and National Geographic, the event raised funds for the CDC while giving parents and local vendors an opportunity to sell an amazing variety of food and gift items. Crafting, music making, and pictures with Santa were highlights for the children, and donated tickets to a Wizards game were the most popular raffle item for adults.

Friendship United Methodist Church provided a Christmas party for all CDC families, and each child received gifts donated by local churches, service clubs, and Toys for Tots.
Last Call for Challenge Grant  
January 31 marks the end of our current campaign to raise $5 for each $1 of our $30,000 challenge grant from Washington Forrest Foundation and anonymous donors. Unless we meet this goal, ACCA will be forced to cut back on assistance to the increased number of needy families living among us. To donate, please send a check payable to ACCA to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003. Indicate "Challenge Grant" on your check.
Family Emergency Assistance
In December, ACCA distributed more than $30,000 to 67 households including 185 men, women and children. More than 75 percent needed assistance with rent, in many cases to avoid eviction or to move from a shelter to affordable housing. During the month, ACCA assisted victims of job loss, rape, robbery, mauling by a dog, illness, accidents, and substance abuse.
By the end of December, $18,310 had been collected in donations to the 2010 CROP Walk. Of this amount, 25 percent comes back to ACCA ministries. Thanks to all who walked or supported the effort and especially the recruiters for each church. Special recognition goes to  Sally Norris of United Baptist Church and Nancy Boxall of John Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Grant News
The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region has awarded ACCA a grant of $15,000 for Basic Needs and extended the time period for expenditure of their $20,000 grant for developing an electronic management system for Family Emergency Assistance.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has awarded ACCA a grant of $2,000 to use for prescriptions and dental health.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
sent a grant of $638 to supplement the $3,055 collected at the annual Thanksgiving service held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. 

News from the Food Pantry

During December, ACCA volunteers made 79 deliveries of food and other essentials to households including 237 persons. In addition, 85 Christmas baskets were provided for needy families.


Food collected by the Boy Scouts, schools, churches and organizations has been sorted and shelved. Thanks to all who helped, especially to Sherry Taylor, who spent 35 hours organizing the Pantry.


Items most needed now are:

  • dried red and black beans
  • small bags of rice, flour and sugar
  • small bottles of cooking oil
  • bars of soap
  • toilet paper and other personal hygiene items.

Deliver donations to the Pantry Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., after checking in at the Child Development Center at 7200 Columbia Pike.

More ACCA Accomplishments
During December, teams from St. Alban's, Annandale United Methodist, St. Anthony, Peace Lutheran, St. Barnabas, and Cornerstone Evangelical made 24

furniture pick-ups and 28 deliveries of gently used furniture. They served 110 individuals in 28 families, 25 of which included children. Call (703) 256-9513 to donate furniture after checking the ACCA website for what is needed.

Meals on Wheels delivered 684 meals in December. On Christmas Eve, teen-age boys accompanied the deliveries and serenaded customers.


ACCA volunteers provided 22 rides to and from medical appointment for 10 clients. Drivers are needed - to volunteer, please contact Ray Hanlein at   

Baileys Community Shelter
As part of Fairfax County's Hypothermia Program, many more homeless persons are being fed dinner at the Moncure Ave. shelter before being transported to local churches for overnight shelter and breakfast. Individuals, churches and clubs are needed to provide dinner and snacks for up to 50 people to accommodate the increased need. Call the Shelter at (703) 820-7621 to learn when meals and snacks are needed.
Rebuilding Together
Planning has begun for this annual project on the last Saturday of April. Houses needing rehab are being identified, and teams of volunteers are being organized to work on the houses, acquire materials, and bring food and drinks to the workers. For more information, contact Marie Monsen at