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June 2013 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

Furniture Donations 


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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 

July 16, 

Queen of Apostles Church

4329 Sano St.
Alexandria, VA 22312 

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

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    

Discovery Volunteers Make an Impact     

discovery volunteers
Click the image above to see the Discovery Communications volunteers in action.

Volunteers from Discovery Communications participated in music, dance, storytelling, face painting and more during Discover Your Impact Day at the ACCA Child Development Center on June 7. Thank you to all who made the day a success.

Donors Respond to Do More 24     

do more stacked ACCA raised more than $2,700 on June 6 during the Do More 24 online fundraiser coordinated by the United Way of the National Capital Area. Thanks to all our wonderful donors, ACCA will be able to purchase milk, formula and diapers for families served by the food pantry, crib mattresses, and tuition assistance for children attending the CDC.


We especially appreciate the patience of those who experienced problems with the donation website. More than 1,000 area charities participated in Do More 24, with the result that the web servers were sometimes overwhelmed. Despite these glitches, United Way charities collectively raised more than $1.2 million to serve our communities.  

Crib Fund Contributions Grow   

MLD and J McConville
James McConvile, President of the Annandale Rotary Club presented ACCA representative Mary Lee Di Spirito with a check for $1,000 for the ACCA Safe Cribs = Safe Babies Fund. 
The Safe Cribs = Safe Babies Fund continues to grow, thanks to recent donations from the Annandale Rotary Club and Peace Lutheran Church. On Saturday, May 11, Peace Lutheran hosted a yard sale which netted $400 for the Safe Cribs fund. A matching gift of $100 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised the total to $500.  

Child Development Center   

butterfly girl 
Face painting was one of the activities when volunteers from Discovery Communications visited the CDC this month.  

ACCA thanks outgoing CDC board member Joann Phillips for her service and welcomes new board member Val Christiansen. Also thank you to the Eagle Scouts who repainted the CDC's upstairs bathrooms.

Food Pantry    

A very successful Post Office food drive in May collected more than 17,000 pounds of food for the Food Pantry. Volunteers from Annandale High School have stayed busy restocking the shelves. Thank you students and neighbors who donated!


Pantry volunteers made 86 deliveries in May, assisting 318 family members.  

Furniture Ministry

GW portrait Renovation of three dormitories at George Washington University (GWU) has produced a windfall of used furniture donations to ACCA. With a fleet of four trucks, ACCA volunteers picked up 77 dressers, 121 wood chairs, 9 tables and more than 100 single beds over a two-week period.  


The donation was the result of a collaboration between the GWU staff, the Keys Foundation for the Homeless which recommended ACCA to GWU, Carol Zack-Ruess who arranged to have ACCA use the vacant Bloom grocery store for storage, and a generous group of ACCA weekday volunteers that included Ken Mittleholtz, Dave Lawhead, Pete McClintock,David Kepley, Jim Dillon, Ron Novak, Clarence Hoop, Mary Lee and Don Di Spirito. The operation culminated in the GW University's desire to partner with ACCA in future donation offerings of the University.  


During May, ACCA volunteers made 22 pickups and delivered donated furniture to 26 households.   

A new team from Holy Spirit Catholic Church led by Mike Orrick, Kate Kelly and Frank Leonard is joining the Furniture Ministry. This brings the number of participating organizations to 14.  


The annual planning meeting will be held at St. Albans on August 24. Contact Don Di Spirito,, for details.

Family Emergency Assistance  

ACCA provided more than $10,000 in emergency assistance to 25 households in May to pay for rent, utilities and medical expenses.  


Among those helped were two single mothers who were behind in either rent or utilities. In both cases, illness prevented them from working, which resulted in lost wages. One mom suffers from both lupus and diabetes. The other was in a head-on collision and has been experiencing memory loss and severe headaches.  

Transportation and Meals on Wheels   

Volunteers provided 26 rides to medical and other appointments to 16 clients in May. Meals on Wheels volunteers made 455 deliveries (910 meals) to shut-ins in our area. 

Upcoming Events  


First Annual Fatherhood Symposium on Saturday, June 22, from 10 am. - Noon, focuses on Responsible Fatherhood: No One Does It Alone: Partnerships, Collaboration and Community. Sponsored by Higher Horizons Health Start and Early Head Start. Free, download the registration form here.

ACCA Wish List

The Furniture Ministry needs:  

  • Tables and chairs
  • Blankets
  • Extra long sheets

If your college student is no longer using extra long sheets, consider donating them to ACCA. Linens should be laundered and in tightly closed plastic bags. Drop them off during normal business hours at the Child Development Center, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, On Saturdays, you may leave them at the ACCA furniture building on the  grounds of the Annandale United Methodist Church at 6935 Columbia Pike. For furniture pick up, contact Mary Lee Di Spirito,