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|Contact Information |
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
ACCA Website www.accacares.org
|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. |
|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.
Refreshments and fellowship - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting - 7:45 p.m. Open to all, visitors
|Annandale United Methodist|
Calvary Church of the Nazarene
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Little River Ward
Cornerstone Evangelical Free
Culmore United Methodist
Friendship United Methodist
Immanuel United Methodist
John Calvin Presbyterian
Lincolnia United Methodist
Mt. Pleasant Baptist
Queen of the Apostles Catholic
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist
St. Alban's Episopal
St. Anthony Catholic
St. Barnabas Episcopal
St. Michael's Catholic
St. Paul's Episcopal
Bailey's Lions Club Supports Pantry
Lions President Nancy Weisgerber, right, presented checks and a carload of supplies to ACCA President Mary Anne Lecos.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bailey's Cross Roads Host Lions Club, the ACCA Pantry shelves have been restocked with hygiene items such as detergent, soap, paper towels, and toilet tissue. At their meeting in January, Lions President Nancy Weisgerber presented checks and a carload of supplies to ACCA President Mary Anne Lecos.
During January, ACCA volunteers delivered food and other essentials to 68 needy families that included 215 men, women and children. Current needs are for cereals, jams and jellies, and spaghetti sauce. Deliver items to the ACCA member churches or directly to the Pantry on the grounds of the Child Development Center at 7200 Columbia Pike.
Free Tax Preparation Opportunities
Free tax preparation will be available at the ACCA Child Development Center on February 20 - 24 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. for those with annual incomes less than $57,000. Assistance will be available in English or Spanish. This event is sponsored by the United Way, Walmart, 1Economy Corporation and the National Disabilities Institute. Flyers are available in English and Spanish with details and information on what to bring.
Here are other opportunities for free tax assistance:
Deloitte LLP, in partnership with Volunteer Fairfax and Fairfax County Department of Family Services, is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families (income of $50,000 or less) at the Falls Church SkillSouce Center on Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Download this flyer for details on information on what to bring.
Assistance also is available through AARP from now through April 17 for low- to middle-income individuals at the Mason District Government Center at 6507 Columbia Pike. Hours are: 1 - 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
John G. Hofbauer, a long-time volunteer and financial supporter of ACCA, died on February 12. A Mass of Christian burial was offered at St. Anthony of Padua on February 17. The Hofbauer family requested contributions to ACCA in lieu of flowers. John served ACCA in several ways: as Treasurer for many years, often from his desk at the Child Development Center, and as a volunteer for ACCA's Furniture ministry, for which he provided a truck and drove for pick-ups and deliveries. May John Hofbauer rest in peace and be fondly remembered for his service and philanthropy.
Emergency Family Assistance
During January, ACCA distributed more than $20,000 to assist 44 households with rent, utilities, medical and miscellaneous expenses. More than 85 percent of this amount was spent to prevent homelessness:
An elderly disabled, homeless man needed to stay in a motel for two nights before the County was able to secure other housing.
A single mother whose husband died recently, lost both her job and her home and was diagnosed with cancer; ACCA paid her utility bill to have the gas reconnected.
ACCA also assisted in paying rent for a family of five, in which the father is a day laborer and mother is a nanny. The father had little work during December when the boss of his crew went on vacation.
Ice and snow prevented pick-ups and deliveries during the third weekend in January. However, basic furniture was delivered to 32 households comprised of 127 men, women and children during the other three weeks.
In spite of a generous donation of 25 mattresses from Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, there is a continuing need for single and double mattresses and box springs. If you can help with this or donations of other basic furniture, contact the DiSpiritos at 703-256-9513 or email@example.com.
Winter Clothing Drive
The fourth annual Winter Clothing Drive for the needy in our area yielded 30 large bags of quality outerwear items. The clothing was distributed to day laborers gathered at Little River Turnpike/Hummer Road, women and children in the Fairmont Gardens Apartments, residents of the Bailey Crossroads Shelter, and families at the ACCA Child Development Center. Arnaldo Borja, community organizer for the Legal Aid Justice Center of Virginia assisted with coordination of distribution. Donated clothing items were gathered by the ACCA Furniture Committee from seven ACCA churches:
St. Michael's Catholic, coordinated by Brian Vaccaro and Joyce Bermingham
St Alban's Episcopal, coordinated by Fred Holmes
Peace Lutheran, coordinated by Ron Maree
Providence Presbyterian, coordinated by Mary Lee Di Spirito
John Calvin Presbyterian, coordinated by Diane McEldowney
Lincolnia Methodist, coordinated by Nancy Moy
The clothing drive started with a substantial contribution of outerwear from St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna coordinated by Paul Renard with assistance from two ACCA members: Dave and Pat Donohue. This annual clothing drive was initiated by the late Bob Bermingham of St. Michael's Catholic Church working with the ACCA Furniture ministry.
If you can serve as a back-up driver to take individuals to medical appointments in Northern Virginia, call 703-256-2342 or 703-573-9171.
Calling All Handy-men and Women
ACCA will participate in Rebuilding Together, the largest volunteer housing repair program in the United States, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Since 1990, ACCA has repaired and rehabilitated 109 homes and non-profit housing facilities enabling low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children have a safe and decent place to live.
The ACCA Rebuilding Together effort is seeking volunteers to help rehabilitate selected homes in the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads communities and monetary donations for building supplies and materials. The work on each house costs about $3,500. To volunteer time, donate resources, or receive more information, please contact Marie Monsen at 703-354-9408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cot Sheets Needed at CDC
The ACCA Child Development Center is in need of additional sheets for the cots on which the children take naps. The dimensions are 21-1/2" wide by 51-1/2" long. Use a 10- 1/2" piece of 1/4" elastic, 5 inches in from each corner to the diagonal so the sheets can be attached around each of the four cot legs (see a drawing, here). If you are handy at sewing, please make a few and deliver them to the ACCA Child Development Center at 7200 Columbia Pike in Annandale.
Spread ACCA's Good News
We encourage sharing of this e-newsletter with friends, neighbors and community members. Ask your parish webmaster to post a link to the ACCA newsletter on your parish website or in your parish email. Here's an example of how Providence Presbyterian incorporated ACCA news in its parish e-mail.
Help Wanted: ACCA E-Newsletter Editor
ACCA 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.