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April 2012 News   

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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

The next  meeting will be held on  

 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria 22312. 


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    

All about ACCA

student slide show
Click above to view the students' slide show about ACCA.

We are so proud of the Power Point presentation about ACCA prepared by three Annandale High School students:  Trieu Tran, Yanwei Li, and Cinita Herbas. View the students' presentation and let us know what you think of their work and how best to use it for telling the ACCA story.

Meeting the Funding Challenge 4:1 

Revenue from this year's Challenge Grant Campaign totaled almost $150,000, beginning with the largest contribution of $15,000 from the Washington Forrest Foundation and $15,000 from five anonymous donors. As in prior years, most donations came from more than 350 individuals, supplemented by contributions from nine churches and three businesses. 


A difference this year was that some donations came electronically through the Catalogue for Philanthropy, the Give to the Max campaign, and the Network for Good website. 


Our annual Challenge Grant Campaign generates almost 50% of ACCA's budget for human services (excluding the Child Development Center).  Many, many thanks to our generous and faithful supporters in "Doing what Jesus would do" for our needy neighbors.


Human Services in the County Budget

Advocacy for Human Services in Fairfax County is urgently needed before April 24, when the Board of Supervisors makes decisions about the County Budget for FY2013. Several programs that provide critical services to vulnerable populations are at risk, and the safety net is already weakened by several years of cuts in funding. Economic recovery still is out of reach for many, folks have lost services when most needed, and waiting lists are growing.


In particular, ACCA relies on County grants from the Consolidated Funding Pool for approximately 25 percent of its human services budget. In addition, most of the low-income families whose children attend the Child Development Center could not afford the tuition without child-care subsidies, which are a combination of federal block grant and County funding. Lastly, funding of the County Blueprint for Housing is essential to providing affordable housing and reducing homelessness. Let your elected representatives on the Board of Supervisors know of your support for human services, even if it means an additional cent on the tax rate. Contact information is available on the County website.  

Rebuilding Together on April 28

painterTwo local houses have been selected for renovation, and the supplies have been ordered. However, additional volunteers are needed. If you can help, call Marie Monsen at 703-354-9408.  

Results for CROP Walk 

CROP Hunger WalkThe total raised for Church World Services by the 2011 Annandale Hunger Walk is $22,318.  A portion of this will be returned to ACCA for use in our ministries.   


Organization for the next CROP Walk in October 2012 has begun. If you want to be involved, contact Camille Mittelholtz at 703-573-0074.

Feeding the Hungry

groceriesACCA Pantry volunteers made 47 deliveries in March, which supported 138 persons. Thanks to continuing donations of food and other essentials from churches and individuals, the Pantry is well stocked at this time.


During the March ACCA Board meeting at Immanuel United Methodist Church, we learned of a three-year collaboration with Food for Others to distribute food every Thursday evening to 60-70 needy families. Betsy Clevenger of Immanuel and Ann Woodle of St. Barnabas' Episcopal manage the program, with assistance from other volunteers, including students from the Hispanic Leadership organization at Annandale High School. 


Volunteers for Meals on Wheels delivered 846 meals (lunch and dinner) to shut-ins' homes during March.

Housing and Other Emergencies 

Most of ACCA's funds go to preventing homelessness by providing assistance with rent. During April, 22 households, including 50 men, women and children, received such support to prevent evictions or facilitate moving from shelters to affordable housing. In addition, 11 families received assistance with utility bills and three with purchase of prescriptions. ACCA also paid car repairs to enable a single mother to get to work.

Record Number of Actions for Furniture

bedIn March, ACCA Furniture teams completed 46 pick-ups of gently used furniture and made deliveries to 37 households that included 137 individuals. These teams included volunteers from St. Alban's, Annandale United Methodist, Providence Presbyterian, St. Anthony of Padua, Cornerstone Evangelical, St. Barnabas', Peace Lutheran, Latter Day Saints, and the Annandale Rotary Club.


ACCA continues to have a great need for mattresses and box springs (except KING size). If you have basic furniture to donate, call 703-256-9513 to schedule a pick-up, usually on a Saturday morning.


Here's What's Happening
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:  


NOVA Career Pathways ProgramApril 19, 11a.m. - 1 p.m., Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.       


Coming to America: The Jewish, Christian and Muslim Experience - April 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Registration 6:30 p.m.) John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. 

Transportation Needs

In recent years, the number of volunteers providing rides to and from medical appointments has declined steadily.  Currently only 12 of the 26 ACCA churches participate, as drivers have retired because of age, health issues or moving from the area. If you can help by providing a ride once a month (or less as a substitute driver), call Madelyn Crytzer at 703-256-2342 to discuss the details of service.

Child Development Center News

Click above to download the flyer.

Eat at Fuddruckers in Annandale on April 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. and support the CDC. Click here for a flyer with additional information and a coupon, which you must present when you dine.


For news about programs and people at the CDC, read the
CDC monthly newsletter here.   

Hypothermia Program 2011/2012     

In spite of a warm winter, 372 men and women were housed and fed at the Baileys Community Shelter and participating churches or mosques from December 1 through March 31. Of these, 32 were veterans and one-fifth were women. 


Guests were housed at Lincolnia United Methodist, Annandale United Methodist, Mt. Pleasant Baptist, St. Barnabas' Episcopal, St. Alban's Episcopal,  St. Patrick's Episcopal and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. 


Other groups provided sack lunches for during the day or delicious evening meals served at the Shelter. Volunteers from St. Katherine Greek Orthodox, Immanuel United Methodist, Providence Presbyterian, John Calvin Presbyterian, First Baptist Springfield, Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Ravensworth Baptist, Peace Lutheran, Church of Jesus Christ LDS, and North Star Baptist  provided the food.


Staff from Volunteers of America at the Bailey's Shelter provided transportation to the overnight sites, supervision, cots/bedding, and breakfast. All in all, a blessed collaboration to support the homeless and prevent deaths from hypothermia.


All It Takes Is a Shoe Box   

For the most vulnerable members of our community, a simple shoebox filled with personal care or emergency preparedness items can make a big difference. That's why United Way of the National Capital Area has launched its Shoebox Project.


Participate now by creating your own personal care package or purchase a pre-filled shoebox now. Visit the United Way website for more information about this way to help the homeless year around.

Concert at Peace Lutheran

On March 25, attendees were treated to a virtuoso performance by Pamela Whitman of haunting melodies played on rare flutes from around the world, integrated with other media and the non-violent messages of Ghandi and King. We are grateful for the offering, which was split between ACCA and the Music Ministry of Peace. 

Help Wanted: Journalism Students

reporterAnyone with an interest in journalism, communications, and/or photography is invited to join ACCA's communications team to help with our monthly e-newsletter.  If you are interested, contact Martha Romans to learn more.