Please forward this newsletter to a friend. If you are not on our mailing list and want to continue receiving updates from ACCA, please
|How You Can Support ACCA |
Catalogue for Philanthropy
(Click above to make an online donation.)
Combined Federal Campaign
|Contact Information |
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
ACCA Website www.accacares.org
|CDC Seeks Board Members|
|Several positions on the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) board are open due to the 6-year term limit. We are seeking individuals with knowledge of employment law, human resources, fundraising and early education. If interested or to make a recommendation, call Nominating Committee Chair Nancy Hall at 703-941-7684. |
|Next Meeting |
|Tuesday, May 3, |
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3439 Payne St.
Open to all, visitors welcome!
|ACCA's Mission |
|The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), is a non-profit coaltion of 26 Annandale-area churches which has been helping the needy in our community for more than 33 years. To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at www.accacares.org. |
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Fuddruckers to Benefit Child Development Center
On Thursday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), Fuddruckers Restaurant is holding a Fundraiser Benefit for the ACCA Child Development Center. A percentage of all purchases made with the ACCA flyer/coupon between 5 and 8 p.m. will be donated to the center.
|Click to view or print the flyer|
You must have the coupon, which you can download here, or by clicking on the image. You can also scroll to the bottom of this message and print the coupon.
The flyer and coupon may be copied, and black-and-white copies are acceptable. So make lots of copies! Hand them out to your friends and neighbors! Pass them out at church! And of course be there yourself! It's a win-win: the more customers, the more our children benefit.
Hooray for ACCA Volunteers!
Mary Anne Lecos with Supervisor Penny Gross at the Volunteer Fairfax Awards. Photo: James Cullum
On April 14, ACCA received the competitive Volunteer Program Award at a ceremony celebrating the contributions made by hundreds of individuals and organizations to the quality of life in our communities. ACCA was recognized for its 43-year history of volunteer service to assist our needy neighbors in the Annandale, Lincolnia, Culmore and Baileys Crossroads areas.
Rebuilding Together on April 30
Preparations are well underway for ACCA's refurbishing of two houses owned by elderly residents of our community. If you want to participate in cleaning, repairing, painting, providing refreshments or making a donation, call Coordinator Marie Monson at 703-354-9408.
Beds, Beds, More Beds!
You've got one, right? But there are those who don't ... some of ACCA's clients. Furniture Program Coordinator Don Di Spirito reports that ACCA has a large backlog of requests for single beds.
During the month of March, Don's team made 57 pickups and deliveries to benefit needy families, with an average of 10 volunteer workers each week. The current supply of furniture on hand is good (except for the single-bed problem), thanks to the Hunter Hotel and generous individual donors.
To donate a bed or other furniture, call 703-256-9513.
Advocate for ACCA's Clients
We are grateful that the agreements made to avoid shutting down the federal government increased funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (which supports child care subsidies) and improvement of early education. However, the Community Block Grant funds that support ACCA's human services were reduced. Let your representatives in Congress know how important it is that deficit reduction not be accomplished in ways that harm the most vulnerable members of society.
The Board of Supervisors has approved a budget and tax rate for FY2012 that strengthen funding for child care subsidies for low-income families and the grants that support ACCA's Family Emergency Assistance, Furniture, and Panty ministries as well as other human services for our needy neighbors. Thanks to the Supervisors who recognized the level of suffering that continues as a result of the recession.
Busy Month at the CDC
|Volunteers from Lord of Light Lutheran Church building raised beds for the children at the CDC.|
Enrollment at the Child Development Center (CDC) continues at capacity, with 183 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and there is a waiting list. The children enjoyed the visit of supervisor Penny Gross and participating in Multicultural Day at Culmore. Soon they will be planting seedlings in raised beds constructed by volunteers from Lord of Light Lutheran Church
CDC parents had the opportunity to learn about school readiness and other ways of enriching their children's live. A school-wide art exhibit resulted from teacher training in the "Early Learning Through the Visual Arts" program developed by Fairfax Futures, the Office for Children and Fairfax County Public Schools.
Family Emergency Assistance: March Success Stories
· ACCA served a husband and wife who, while driving their son to college, had an automobile accident; the car was totaled, and they had to buy another car. Also, the father had to miss work because of doctor appointments and treatment for lung cancer. With the additional costs and reduced income, they could not meet monthly expenses. ACCA helped out with rent for March.
· ACCA helped a single mother with three children. She did not get paid for the preceding month because her boss was on vacation. And a person who'd been renting a room in her house moved out -- another reduction in income. The mother's ex-husband had been paying her rent, but he has moved and is out of work. ACCA paid the past rent due.
· Another single mother with two children had a dental emergency that resulted in bills of more than $1,000. With these expenses, she wasn't able to cover the full cost of March rent. Again, ACCA to the rescue!
Volunteers Have Their Say
Volunteers at a food ministry were recently asked, "Why do you serve?" Here are a few of their responses (paraphrased):
You can reap blessings like this, and be a blessing to others, by volunteering with ACCA. There are needs for money captains, food captains, and transportation helpers. Call 703-256-2775 or 703-750-1955 for more information and to enlist.
- I know what it's like to live without God and with God, so I can relate to those we serve.
- As I serve others, I teach my children through personal experience what it means to give back to others, especially those who are considered "the least."
- I want to follow Christ's example as the servant of all.
- I am called to love and minister to His people and the people we serve are His people.
- To get a broader glimpse of what our community looks like from God's perspective.
Food Pantry Report
The Food Pantry made 79 deliveries in March, assisting 248 individuals. Thanks to the Annandale Lions Club for their generous donation of oranges and tangerines to the Pantry!
· Small bags of rice
· Dried beans
· Cooking oil
· Paper products
Bring food donations to any ACCA member church or to the Child Development Center.
Dear Friends of the Homeless...
This was the opening line of a letter to ACCA from Volunteers of America about the 2010-11 hypothermia season. "Another season has come and gone and we served our homeless neighbors thanks to so many from the ACCA community. Your dedication and compassion ... brings caring to a new level. Thanks for making this our most successful season.
"Together we served the homeless by providing 6,126 bed-nights. Each night from December 1 through March 31, we serve an average of 55 clients.
"We are grateful to the five ACCA churches which opened their doors to provide overnight hosting:
Annandale United Methodist Church, Culmore United Methodist Church, Lincolnia United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
"Many helping hands from ACCA churches and individuals provided hot evening meals, breakfast items, bag lunches, warm clothing and financial support."