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January 2012 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



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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  

Next Meeting

There will be no meeting in February.


The next  meeting will be held on  

March 6 at  

 Friendship United Methodist 

3527 Gallows Rd.  

Annandale, VA.


Refreshments and fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting - 7:45 p.m. 
Open to all, visitors

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

Calvary Church of the Nazarene

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Annandale Ward
Little River Ward

Cornerstone Evangelical Free

Culmore United Methodist

First Presbyterian

Friendship United Methodist

Hope Lutheran

Immanuel United Methodist

John Calvin Presbyterian

Lincolnia United Methodist

Mt. Pleasant Baptist

Peace Lutheran

Providence Presbyterian

Queen of the Apostles Catholic

Ravenworth Baptist

Sleepy Hollow United Methodist

St. Alban's Episopal

St. Anthony Catholic

St. Barnabas Episcopal

St. Michael's Catholic

St. Paul's Episcopal

United Baptist

Warner Baptist    

CDC Health Fair
Click the photo above to see more images of the health fair.
Healthy and Wise 

On Monday, January 16, more than 300 local men, women and children attended a comprehensive Health Fair sponsored by United Way and Kaiser Permanente at the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC). Free health screenings, massages, and activities for children were enjoyed by all.  You can view more photos of the day, including coverage by the Annandale Patch, on the CDC's new Facebook page.  

Challenge Almost Met

challengeWe have until January 31 to meet our goal of raising $4 for each $1 of ACCA's $30,000 Challenge Grant from the Washington Forrest Foundation and several anonymous donors. You can help by sending a check marked Challenge Grant to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale 22003 or by giving online at the ACCA website. Thanks to Thrivent Lutheran for matching the collection from the ecumenical Thanksgiving service at Peace Lutheran.

Pantry Full But Needs Persist

pantryDuring December, ACCA volunteers made 77 deliveries to support 260 individuals -- in addition to 80 Christmas baskets. As a result of community generosity through food drives by Transurban, Parliament Apartments, Swiss Bakery, Inova Fairfax Auxiliary, Club 55 Bowling League, the Annandale Lions, Annandale American Legion Post, and Yorktown High Sschool, the Pantry shelves are well stocked with canned goods and cereal. However, there is continuing need for money to purchase fresh foods (milk, eggs, meat, chicken, and bread) and hygiene essentials (soap, detergent, toothpaste, and toilet paper). We also need volunteers to make deliveries from the Pantry to families in need. If you can help, call 703-914-8066.


Mattress Bonanza

bedOur prayers were answered when Goodwin House at Baileys Crossroads donated 25 mattresses for delivery to families on the ACCA Furniture waiting list. This followed a previous donation by Goodwin House of more than 100 chairs, which were picked up by ACCA volunteers for delivery to Baileys Community Shelter and to the otherwise empty apartments of refugees and families moving out of shelters. If you can donate "gently-used" basic furniture or bedding, call 703-256-9513.


During December, the heavy lifting for the Furniture ministry was done by volunteer teams from the Latter Day Saints, Peace Lutheran, St. Alban's Episcopal, Annandale United Methodist, St. Anthony of Padua, and Annandale Rotary Club. On three weekends, they supported 24 families.

Harris Teeter for Early Education

Harris Tweeter logoThanks to Harris Teeter, the only local grocery chain that supports early childhood education. You can link your VIC card to the ACCA Child Child Development Center (#8684) at any Harris Teeter location.  

Free Tax Preparation

taxesFor those who made less than $50,000 in 2011 and need help preparing their tax returns, there are several free tax clinics planned next month. Spread the word!    


The Child Development Center will be hosting a tax clinic from February 20 - 25, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, sponsored by the United Way. Flyers will be available soon.    


IRS-certified Deloitte LLP volunteers will be offering free tax preparation on Sunday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Falls Church SkillSource Center located at 6245 Leesburg Pike. Deloitte employees, working in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax, will assist with federal and state tax returns. during this a one-day event with free food and daycare. Please contact Jen Kivlin at for promotional materials and additional information.


The NOVA CASH Coalition will provide free tax preparation services throughout the Metro Region between January 23 and April 15. Learn more at

Warm Clothing Needed

coatClear your closets of unused jackets, hats, gloves and scarves by donating them for ACCA's 4th annual warm clothing drive. Items will be distributed to day laborers and other needy persons on February 9. Call 703-256-9513 to make arrangements for pick-up of clothing from ACCA churches on February 6, 7, or 8, or for additional information.

Free Fairfax County Prescription Card  

ProAct card Fairfax County is partnering with ProAct, a pharmacy benefit management company, to offer a free prescription discount card. Using the card can save you 10 to 70 percent, depending on the kind of medicine and amount you buy. The card is free to use because pharmacies are providing the discounts. While the card will benefit people without health insurance, it may also provide savings to those with insurance anytime they must pay full price for a drug. In addition, you can use the card to save on some kinds of medicines for your pets. Learn more online


Faith leaders or their designees may attend an orientation on the cards on Wednesday, January 25, from 9 - 10 a.m. or 10 - 11 a.m. at the Fairfax County Pennino Building located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 230B, Fairfax VA  22305.  Please RSVP to

Volunteers Answered the Call 

ElfACCA volunteers were as busy as Santa's elves in December, providing critical aid to our neighbors in need. For example, ACCA gave $30,000 in Emergency Financial Assistance to help 50 households (130 family members) pay for rent, utility bills, prescription drugs or other needs. In one case, ACCA paid three months of storage fees for a homeless woman who had moved into an empty apartment but could not afford to retrieve her belongings.


Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered 786 meals in just 21 days.


Transportation volunteers provided 30 rides to medical appointments for 15 clients.

Rebuilding Together

Since 1990, on the last Saturday in April, ACCA volunteers have repaired 100 dwellings for seniors and others in need. To recommend a needy home owner, make a donation for materials, or volunteer, contact Marie Monsen.

CROP Walk Wrap-Up

CROP Hunger WalkThe 2011 CROP Walk raised $21,850 for Church World Service programs that fight hunger and poverty and respond to disasters overseas and in the U.S. Of this, ACCA will receive 25 percent. Fifteen ACCA churches participated with at least one walker or donation. Special credit is due to individuals and churches that raised significant amounts: Sally Norris of United Baptist ($5,916); Nancy Boxell of John Calvin Presbyterian ($5,407), and Sylvia Campbell of Ravensworth Baptist ($4,370).

Help Wanted: ACCA E-Newsletter Editor

reporterACCA is very grateful for the assistance in launching our E-newsletter provided by Joan Nagle, a retired professional editor who has moved on to other volunteer projects. This leaves an opportunity for another community member with writing skills to volunteer their services. If you are interested, contact Martha Romans to learn more.