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April 2013 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 44 years. To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at  

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on May 7 at
Culmore United Methodist
5901 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041   

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

Help Wanted

The ACCA Food Pantry needs additional food captains. These volunteers receive referrals from social workers and arrange for food deliveries by volunteer drivers. A list of drivers will be provided. Food Captains serve for one week at a time about 4 times per year. 

If you can help out or for more information, please contact Jean at

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

AUMC - Immanuel Campus

Braddock Baptist

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

Holy Spirit Catholic

Hope Lutheran

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 Episcopal

St. Anthony Catholic

St. Barnabas Episcopal

St. Michael's Catholic

St. Paul's Episcopal

United Baptist

Warner Baptist    

Thanks to Bailey's Rotary for Support  

Kevin Holland, right, President-elect of the Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club presented ACCA President Ken Mittleholtz with a $500 check in April from the annual Rotary Mustang raffle.
Yard Sale to Benefit Crib Fund

Don't need it? Don't want it? Turn excess household goods into treasure by participating in a community yard sale on Saturday, May 11. The sale will benefit the ACCA Safe Cribs = Safe Babies project. Sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church and the Parklawn Civic Association, the yard sale will take place on the church grounds at 6362 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria. The cost to reserve a table is your donation and you keep the proceeds from your sales. More information and a reservation form in this flyer.  

ACCA cannot accept donated cribs due to recent changes in crib safety standards. The ACCA Safe Cribs = Safe Babies Project is raising money to purchase cribs for needy families.

Child Development Center   

Spring fun and egg hunting at the Child Development Center. Click here to visit the CDC Facebook page. On Saturday, May 11, the CDC will host Family Day for parents and children.

Goodwin House Says 'Yes' to ACCA

Residents of Goodwin House, including some long-time ACCA supporters, can now have their donations to ACCA matched through the Goodwin House Community Matching Gift Program. The program matches resident donations from $50 to a maximum of $500 per donor, per organization each calendar year. The matching gift program supports local non-profits that serve older adults who do not live within a Goodwin House community.


Residents at both the Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads campuses are eligible for the matching gift program. ACCA will apply quarterly to the Goodwin House Foundation for the matching funds. Thank to Mary Anne Lecos, Avis Jarrett and Jean Stephens for submitting the application on ACCA's behalf.

Speaking Out on the Budget  

ACCA President Ken Mittelholtz testified about the proposed county budget before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 11. He said that most of the referrals to ACCA for services come via the Coordinated Services Planning Department of the County. "This working relationship between ACCA and the County's Coordinated Services has been working extremely well," Mittelholtz said.


ACCA supports the recommended funding levels for programs such as the Consolidated Funding Pool, Department of Family Services Rent Relief Program, and the Community Health Care Network. ACCA is concerned that cuts to the Ride-On program, which allows needy seniors to go for medical appointments and other necessities, will put additional strain on the ACCA Transportation program, which is operating at capacity. Read the full statement here

Rebuilding Together - April 27    

painter Volunteers are counting down the days to the annual workday, when they will be fixing up and cleaning up two local homes in Annandale owned by seniors. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Marie Monsen at 703-354-9408 or If you can wield a paintbrush, a rake or a hammer, you can help!

Food Pantry    
food pantry Needed now: cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, tomato paste, crackers, toilet paper and bars of soap. Keep these items in mind as you do your regular shopping.

During March, the food pantry made 70 deliveries assisting 212 individuals.

Furniture Ministry

During March, ACCA volunteers made deliveries to 35 households and picked up donated furniture from 26 households. Among those served were 29 households with children under age 18, three persons with handicaps and two female-headed households. Thank you volunteers from Providence Presbyterian, John Calvin Presbyterian, St. Anthony's, the Rotary Club, Peace Lutheran, St. Michael's and the Sambo Group.


Truck update: both ACCA trucks were recently out of service for needed repairs. Negotiations are ongoing to obtain a used county vehicle, so stay tuned.

Do More in 24 on June 6 

Where will you be on June 6? Close to a computer or mobile device, we hope. ACCA is participating in an online fundraiser sponsored by the United Way of the National Capital Area called Do More 24 on Thursday, June 6. Do More in 24 is intended to raise awareness (and funds) for local nonprofit organizations. Few can boast - as ACCA can - that they are entirely volunteer-run, with no paid staff.

Family Emergency Assistance  
emergency Renters are not immune from foreclosure problems, even if they pay their rent on time every month. Among those ACCA helped in March was a single mother of five who received just 10 days notice to vacate her rental home, when it went into foreclosure. She found another rental home, but needed help paying both the deposit and the first month's rent. In other instances, ACCA provided gas money to a client making multiple trips to the doctor, and rent for a family whose primary wage earner lost his job. Altogether, ACCA paid out $14,675 in rental assistance, $4,773 in utilities, and $250 in medical and other assistance during March.

Transportation and Meals on Wheels   

Volunteers provided 32 rides for 16 clients in March. Meals on Wheels delivered 800 meals to elderly and shut-ins in our area. 

Health and Wellness Program 

An information session for faith communities on a new health and wellness program designed to help older adults remain in their homes will be held Tuesday, April 30, at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Older Adult Ministry Steering Committee of the Faith Communities in Action and the Long Term Care Coordinating Council. To register, please send an email to or call Tenia Simmons at (703) 324-3453.

Free Parenting Programs  

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Parenting Education Programs is enrolling families for several upcoming parenting classes. These programs are special in that both parents and children attend the classes although children are taught in different classrooms than parents. Classes are for Fairfax County residents; meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; are free; and include dinner and childcare.  Classes meet once a week for 12, 13, or 21 weeks depending on the curriculum. See the attached list for classes, dates and locations. Contact the designated staff person for more information.