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May 2012 News   

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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  

June 5
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Falls Church Virginia  22044
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    

Rebuilding Together  

ACCA volunteers prepare to paint during this year's Rebuilding Together event. Click the photo to view more pictures of volunteers in action.

Saturday, April 28, marked the 23rd year that ACCA has participated in this largest volunteer housing repair program in the USA. At the breakfast kick-off, seminary intern Jodi Lingan spoke movingly of Jesus' teaching about serving the least among us. Jodi noted that, by "doing what Jesus would do," we receive gifts never imagined.


group home
Volunteers with the new storage shed they built.

At an adult group home in Springfield, 40 volunteers from St. Barnabas Episcopal, Annandale United Methodist, and Annandale stake of the Latter Day Saints built a storage shed, replaced ceilings, repaired a bathroom wall and tiles, and did extensive yard work. In addition, a Boy Scout supervised construction of garden boxes for growing vegetables. Ken and Camille Mittleholtz, Frank Spink, and John Clark led the effort, with lunch and cookies provided by the women of Lincolnia Methodist.


Another 29 volunteers from John Calvin Presbyterian, Ravensworth Baptist, St. Michael's and Holy Spirit Catholic churches rehabilitated the home of a delightful and grateful octogenarian in Falls Church. They built an outdoor railing, power washed the roof, cleaned gutters, repaired the tub and washer, replaced a dishwasher and medicine cabinet, installed grab bars, and competed minor repairs. Lunch was provided by a group from Queen of Apostles led by Ann and Jim Kemble. Special thanks to Housing Committee Chair Marie Monson for leading ACCA's involvement in Rebuilding Together.  

County Funding for Human Services

In approving the County Budget for FY2013, the Board of Supervisors added $1.36 million for Human Services priorities; funded the acquisition of 200 new affordable units and $1.3 million for the Housing Blueprint. To address anticipated federal and state reductions, the Supervisors established a reserve of $4.2 million as a safety net for the most critical needs of our most vulnerable residents.


For FY2013, ACCA has been awarded a grant of $29,000 for Nutrition/Hygiene and a grant of $72,000 for Basic Needs. This funding from the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) will enable ACCA to support our needy neighbors through our Pantry, Family Emergency Assistance, and Furniture ministries. These grants supplement donations from ACCA member churches, individuals, and community organizations. For example, this month ACCA received a generous donation from the Auxiliary of the Fairfax-Arlington Elks Lodge.  

Molina Award for Marie Markey  

Molina award
Marie Markey (fourth from left) with other award recipients. Click the photo to read more about the event. 

Marie Markey, chair of our Family Emergency Assistance ministry, received a Molina Healthcare Champions Award for her volunteer service with ACCA and the Arlington Free Clinic. Marie serves as chair of the Family Emergency Assistance program, which has given more than 2,500 people in nearly 900 households support to pay for rent, utility bills and medical and dental care. She also volunteers as a physical therapist at the Arlington Free Clinic.  


In accepting the award, Marie said, ""I believe that helping people is what one should do if one has the time and the opportunity. The 'haves' should help the 'have-nots.'" She donated her $1,000 grant to ACCA. Read the full story in the Connection newspaper here. 

ACCA Board Actions

Actions at the meeting held at Lincolnia Methodist Church included approval of Records Retention policies developed over several months with leadership from former V.P. Carol Weber of Ravensworth Baptist and invaluable technical support from Norm VanDamm of the Latter Day Saints. In addition, the Board approved Conflict of Interest and Whistle-Blower policies as well as minor changes to the Bylaws that will allow electronic voting under specified conditions.

Emergency Financial Assistance

During April, ACCA provided $15,000 for rent, utilities, medical/dental, and miscellaneous needs for 85 men, women and children in 34 households. For example, ACCA paid for root canal surgery for a homeless mother of three children who recently found employment but could not afford dental services.

Food Pantry

During April, Pantry volunteers made 49 deliveries of food and hygiene essentials, which supported 143 individuals. In addition, 30 Easter baskets for families whose children attend Baileys Elementary School served another 121 children and their families. The Postal Workers' drive on May 12 produced more donations than last year, so the Pantry is well stocked. However, volunteers are needed for sorting and shelving-a good activity for student service hours. Call 703-750-1955 to volunteer.


During April, mostly on Saturday mornings, deliveries were made to 23 households, which provided 95 individuals with essential furniture. More than half of these households included children, and two deliveries were truckloads for families moving from homeless shelters. The Furniture crew volunteers who picked up and delivered gently used items came from St. Anthony of Padua, Annandale Rotary, Latter Day Saints, St. Michael, and Immanuel Methodist. For a donation pick-up or to volunteer, call 703-256-9513.

Transportation and Meals on Wheels  

During April ACCA volunteers provided 35 rides to medical appointments for 19 clients. This ministry badly needs more volunteers. If you can help, on whatever terms suit you, please call 703-256-2342.


Last month, ACCA also delivered 814 meals on 21 days, mostly to elderly persons who are home bound.

Community Events 
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:  


Imagine Seven Corners, a community workshop to explore the future of Seven Corners, will be held Monday, May 21, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM,  at the Fairfax County Falls Church Human Services Center, 6245 Leesburg Pike. Download a flyer with more information here. Flyers are also available in Arabic, Spanish and Vietnamese


Healthy Meals for Your Family, a series of free classes offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension at the Bailey's Community Center May 29  - July 11. Download a flyer with more details in English or Spanish.


The ACCA Annual Pastors and Partners Luncheon is scheduled for October 18, 11:30 a.m. at Annandale United Methodist Church.

Avis Jarrett Carries On

The retired chair of the ACCA Pantry continues to do good - making dolls for sick children - as recorded in this profile in the Exchange newsletter for residents of Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads. You can read it online here.  

Child Development Center News

Thanks to all who attended the CDC fundraiser at Fuddruckers on May 1 before it closed its doors. There was a good turnout.   

Bubbles at 2012 Family Day
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! View more photos of the CDC's 2012 Family Day online.

On May 12, the CDC celebrated Family Day/Día de la Familia, with a petting zoo, face painting, games, live entertainment, and more. Corporate sponsors included The Business Bank, TD Bank, Steinhorst Plumbing, KinderKickIt, Professional Auto Body, Solutions Realty Group, and Cinthia's Bakery & Restaurant. Helping to make the day a success were event partners Audio Video RS and ECDE Consulting. Among those recognized were Supervisor Penny Gross, Captain Lee, Mason District Commander of the Fairfax Count Police Department, and Station 8 Annandale of the Fairfax County Fire Department. See more photos of the event online. 


A recent water outage at the CDC has created a need to replenish the supply of underpants for girls and boys, ages 2-5. If you can help, give your purchases to the Official Representative of your ACCA Church or drop off at 7200 Columbia Pike.  


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

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