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March 2011 News 

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Combined Federal Campaign
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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, April 5,
 7:30 p.m.
 John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale
 Open to all interested persons 

Challenge Met!
SuccessACCA's annual Challenge Grant Campaign raised more than $125,000 from a record number (483) donors. A grant of $18,000 from the Washington Forrest Foundation, supplemented by $12,000 from three anonymous donors, provided the challenge. We raised more than $3 for each $1 of the challenge, which will allow ACCA to continue meeting the escalating needs in our community. Thanks to all of the generous individuals, churches and organizations who contributed. Because ACCA was selected last year by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as "One of the Best" non-profits in the D.C. area, we were able to use their website for online donations, which increased markedly this year.
ACCA Nominated for Award  
ACCA, Inc. has been nominated for a Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award given by Volunteer Fairfax. The awards will be announced April 14 at a breakfast ceremony from 8 to10 a.m. at the Waterford in Springfield. The event will feature photos of ACCA activities taken by Mark Cavich of Cavich Creative. Go to Volunteer Fairfax for additional information or to purchase tickets @$35. Or call Christine Coffey at 703-246-3825.  
Rebuilding Together on April 30
Since 1990, ACCA has partnered with RPJ Housing to rehabilitate the houses of 107 low-income home owners and non-profit facilities. Our volunteers have contributed more than 30,000 hours to to ensure that seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children have a safe and decent place to live. This year, the cost of house sponsorships has risen to $3,500, and we need donations to support two. To make a donation, recommend a homeowner who could use help, or volunteer in any capacity on April 30, contact Marie Monsen at 703-354-9408 or  
Family Emergency Assistance
In February, most of ACCA's $21,700 in financial assistance went to preventing homelessness for 41 families. Others received help with utility bills or paying for prescriptions. More than two-thirds of these households included children. Most needed assistance because of sickness, physical disabilities and/or unemployment. Grants from Fairfax County, United Way, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region have supplemented donations to ACCA from our churches, individuals, and community organizations for this purpose.

We are field-testing an electronic tool for managing referrals and records that was developed by skilled ACCA volunteers with a grant from the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. This
tool will enable us to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a core ACCA ministry at a time when requests for assistance have doubled over prior years.
Infant, Toddler & Preschool Programs   

Happy children Over the winter, the ACCA Child Development Center has maintained full enrollment with 183 children in the Infant, Toddler and Preschool programs. A number of these children receive services from a speech pathologist, a psychologist, and an occupational therapist. All are screened and assessed to determine their individual needs and eligibility for special services through the Fairfax County Public School Child Find program. No child is left behind at the ACCA Child Development Center, where excellent early education and loving care have been the norm for more than 43 years. Call 703-256-0100 for information.  
Pantry Report

Last month ACCA volunteers made 89 deliveries of food and hygiene items for 313 persons. Kudos to the Giant at Skyline, Baileys Crossroads Rotary, Jeb Stuart High School students, and Fastran management for their support of the Fairfax County's Office of
Public-Private Partnerships'
"Stuff the Bus" campaign. More than 1,700 pounds of food for ACCA was collected in just one day. 


The Pantry still needs small bags of rice, black dried beans, jelly, crackers, juices, cooking oil, flour, paper products, toilet articles, and all sizes of diapers.  Donations may be left at ACCA churches or the Child Development Center at 7200 Columbia Pike in Annandale.


We also need a full-size upright freezer to hold nutritious foods such as chicken, meat and bread that are purchased for distribution. Call 703-914-8066 if you know of one.

Furniture & Clothing Ministry
Loading furniture

Photo: Cavich Creative LLC

ACCA volunteers braved freezing weather to complete 57 pick-ups of gently used furniture and make deliveries to 33 households during February. In addition, we were blessed with a huge donation of furniture and bedding from the now closed Hunter Hotel in Springfield. We are grateful for these hundreds of items for the needy and for Fairfax County's assistance with storage until deliveries can be made.

For the 4th year, our volunteers distributed warm outer-wear to day laborers, residents of Baileys Shelter, children at our Child Development Center, and St. Anthony of Padua, near Culmore. More than 40 large bags were contributed by seven ACCA member churches: St. Alban Episcopal, St. Michael Catholic, United Methodist, John Calvin Presbyterian, Latter Day Saints, and Providence Presbyterian. Special thanks to Joyce Bermingham, whose late husband Bob formerly led our annual clothing drive.
Time for Advocacy
ACCA needs help with advocating to county and federal officials for funding of human services programs. Our work would be severely restricted without Fairfax County support through the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) for our Family Emergency Assistance (rent, utilities, medicine), Pantry and Furniture ministries and child care subsidies for the low-income parents of children attending ACCA's Child Development Center. Federal programs that provide funding for ACCA ministries include the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and Temporary Emergency Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Let your elected officials know how important these programs are to assisting the needy and stabilizing families during tough economic times.  

Transportion & Meals on Wheels 

In January and February, 49 rides to and from medical appointments were provided for 30 clients. In addition, 1,200 meals were delivered in spite of cancellations for bad weather. Many thanks to Tom and Bev Dameron, who have retired as Meals on Wheels driver coordinators after years of service, and to Donna Casey, who has stepped up to replace them.