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July/August 2013 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

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ACCA's Mission  
The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), is a non-profit coalition 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

No meeting in August.
The next meeting will be on 

September 3.  


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
3900 Howard St.
Annandale, VA   

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    

Safe Cribs = Safe Babies Fund Grows     

Mike McGurk (right), corporate relations associate with Transurban, presented a check for $5,000 from the Transurban-Fluor 495 Express Lanes Community Grant Program to ACCA President Ken Mittelholtz. The contribution to the ACCA Safe Cribs = Save Babies Fund will be used to purchase cribs and mattresses  which will be distributed to needy families that are referred to ACCA.  
Ruffing Scholars Honored      
Ruffing scholars 2013
Josh Anton (South Lakes H.S '09), left, Afomeya Mekonnen (Woodson H.S.'11), ACCA Scholarship Chair AnnMarie Hicks, Cassie Dahlke (Woodson H.S.'10), and Genesis Andia (Jeb Stuart H.S.'12)

Recipients of the Fred and Emily Ruffing Memorial Scholarships were beaming as they received their checks at the July ACCA board meeting. Named for the founders of ACCA, the scholarships are awarded each year to a student who has overcome a disability and is pursuing post secondary education.  


In thanking ACCA for its support, Josh Anton described his successful transition from an angry, homeless teenager to a successful U. of Virginia business major and entrepreneur. A highlight of his year was winning a competition sponsored by Unilever which afforded him an all-expense-paid trip to Singapore.


Afomeya Mekonnen, who is transferring from NVCC to Gallaudet University, attended the meeting with her father, Mr. Mekonnen, who expressed his heart felt gratitude for the opportunity afforded his daughter. She is studying pharmacy and is a registered pharmacy technician. 


Cassie Dahlke, who is transferring from NVCC to Marymount University as a physical therapy major, spoke about receiving a second cochlear implant this year and her goal of working with children at Children's National Medical Center.  


Rising sophomore Genesis Andia completed a successful first year at Bridgewater College, and has hopes of pursuing psychology as her major.

An ACCA All-Star  

Thank you to Maria Demarest, parent liaison at Baileys Elementary School, who raised more than $700

last month for the Do More 24 campaign coordinated by the United Way. Since some of the parents and staff did not have access to electronic means to make donations, she collected checks and cash from donors. The contributions arrived in a card with personal notes from the donors, including these:   

Le damos gracias a ACCA por la gran ayuda que da a esta comunidad de Culmore./ We thank ACCA for the big help you give the Culmore community. - Maribel 


ACCA, we want to say"shukran"/thank you for all your help. - Shadad


Gracias por su ayuda. Dios los bendiga./Thank you for your help. May God bless you. - Minerba

Child Development Center   

CDC graduation
Pomp and circumstance at the CDC as young children graduate from Pre-school. Click the photo to see more CDC events.


Harris Tweeter logo
Link your VIC card to #8684 to support the CDC.  

You can support the Child Development Center by shopping at Harris Teeter and enrolling in the Together in Education Program. Just stop by the customer service desk and link your VIC card to the ACCA CDC account  number 8684. As an added incentive, From August 7 - November 5, Harris Teeter will conduct a weekly drawing from among customers who have linked their VIC card to a school for the 2013-14 school year. Weekly winners will receive a $200 Harris Teeter gift card and a $200 card for the school they are linked it.

Volunteer Service Award    
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Mary Lee Di Spirito presents the "Making a Difference Award" to Maddy Reinert.

The 2013 Annandale High School "Volunteer Making a Difference Award" was presented to Madeline "Maddy" Reinert during the annual Awards Night on June 6. The award is presented to a graduating senior at Annandale High School thanks to the sponsorship of Mrs. Jina Kim of the Evergreen Title Company in Annandale.


During her four years at Annandale H.S., Maddy volunteered with Food for Others, the Lamb Center, Girl Scouts, and Gateway House and as a math tutor.  "My volunteer work has allowed me to discover my passions," Maddy said. "I will be pursuing a double major in psychology and social work at the University of Virginia. Over the next 4 years I am also hoping to join an organization such as Project SERVE at UVA, so that I can continue my volunteer work in school and continue bettering my community."  

Emergency Financial Assistance  
Money captains
The emergency financial assistance team, led by Marie Markey (front row, center), met with Fairfax County social workers as part of their annual planning meeting in June.
When a local restaurant closed recently, a single father with a child lost his job and fell behind in the rent. Fortunately, ACCA was able to make the payment. In another case, a senior citizen was in the hospital for three weeks and incurred high medical bills and prescription expenses. ACCA assisted him by paying a portion of the overdue electric bill. In all, ACCA assisted 31 households in June, dispersing over $16,000 in assistance for rent, utilities, medical and other costs.

Citizen of the Year 

Di Spirito Rotary Award James McConville, president of the Annandale Rotary Club, (left) presented the Club's 2013 Citizen of the Year award to Don Di Spirito, chair of the ACCA Furniture Ministry, at their annual dinner meeting in June. Mary Lee Di Spirito (center) had the tough challenge of getting Don to the dinner without telling him about the award. We're not sure if she succeeded!  

Food Pantry  

pantry We are extremely grateful for a $1,000 donation to the Food Pantry from the Knights of Columbus Pope John Paul II Council 4522.  


Volunteers made 38 deliveries assisting 116 individuals in June. One volunteer discovered that a client had no dishes, silverware or pans. She and her husband purchased and delivered these items to his home, which they found to be dirty and cluttered. Our volunteer helped clean the kitchen and carried out numerous bags of trash. She called the social worker who made arrangements for a home visit to reevaluate the man's circumstances. This Good Samaritan saw a need and addressed it - which is what ACCA seeks to do every day.   

Transportation and Meals on Wheels   

Volunteers provided 26 rides to medical and other appointments to 13 clients in June.

Meals on Wheels volunteers made 457 deliveries (914 meals) to shut-ins in our area.    
Important Dates 

Annandale Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair, August 21, from 2 - 7 p.m. at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA 22003. Volunteers are needed to staff the ACCA table. Please contact Mary Lee Di Spirito,


Annual Furniture Ministry Meeting, August 27, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Va. 22003. The new furniture schedule will be circulated. All ACCA churches are welcome. For more information, email Don Di Spirito,


CROP Walk Recruiters Meeting/Poster Contest, Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Walk materials will be available. Youth through grade 12 are invited to submit posters about fighting hunger and poverty to the CROP Walk poster contest. Deliver entries to the CDC by October 4. For more information, email Camille Mittelholtz,


Annual Pastors and Partner Luncheon, October 17 at Annandale United Methodist Church. Invitations will be mailed.  


2013 Annandale CROP Hunger Walk, October 19, 8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk at Lake Accotink Park, near the marina. Proceeds benefit Church World Service, with a portion returned to ACCA.

Furniture Ministry 
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Gone Fishing!
The ACCA furniture trucks will be serviced during August. Volunteers, enjoy your rest! Pickups and deliveries will resume September 7. 
During June, furniture volunteers made deliveries to 38 households, including 194 individuals. They picked up donated furniture from 33 donors. Many thanks to volunteer teams from St. Barnabas, Cornerstone Evangelical, St. Michael's, the Sambo Group, Latter Day Saints, Peace Lutheran, Providence and John Calvin churches. In the fall, the furniture team will welcome volunteers from St. Paul Episcopal and Holy Spirit Catholic Churches.

Volunteers also made two large pickups of donated dormitory furniture from George Washington University and made arrangements for temporary storage at Annandale Shopping Center. We are grateful for both partnerships. 

Save the Date to Fight Homelessness
ZIP on Homelessnes The Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and partners will present the 3rd Annual Jeans Day, Friday October 18 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness. In the spirit of highlighting and fighting homelessness, public and private employers, civic and faith organizations, county and school employees as well as other organizations across Northern Virginia will allow employees, students, and members to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 donation to the Partnership to End Homelessness. Help us increase that number and Put the ZIP on Homelessness by wearing jeans to work, school, meetings and faith services.