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October 2013 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



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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    
Annual Report for
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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on 

November 5 at

Providence Presbyterian Church  

9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, 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    

Day of Service Fills Pantry Shelves 

A volunteer collects groceries for the ACCA Food Pantry donated by shoppers at the Annandale Giant on September 21.

More than 424 bags of groceries and $300 in cash were collected at five area supermarkets on Saturday, September 21 as part of a tri-state Day of Service. A week later, on September 28, participants in a 3K walk donated 246 more bags of groceries.  


ACCA is very grateful to Mr. Richard Magleby of the Annandale Ward of the Latter Day Saints for coordinating the food drives, to all the volunteers who helped, and to youth from the Annandale Ward, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and members of Calvary Church who stocked the shelves at the Pantry. Thanks to the Annandale Giant and Safeway stores, Loehmann's Plaza Giant, Ravensworth Safeway and Landmark Shoppers Food for allowing us to conduct the food drive at their stores.  


In September, the Food Pantry volunteers made 50 deliveries assisting 187 individuals. 

CROP Hunger Walk - October 19

CROP Hunger Walk The Annandale CROP Hunger Walk will be at held at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday October 19. We welcome participation of walkers, donors and helpers to support the walk. Come enjoy a beautiful fall walk around Lake Accotink and take action to fight hunger and poverty around the world. You can sign up or donate online.  


Registration will start at 8 am near the marina. Proceeds benefit Church World Service (CWS) and ACCA. CWS funds programs around the world to address hunger and poverty and provide disaster and refugee assistance. 


The deadline for the CROP Walk Poster contest has been extended to October 15.  Entries can be delivered to the ACCA CDC or to Camille Mittelholtz. For more information or to volunteer, please email Camille at 


Child Development Center Scores 4 Stars 

star-balloon.gif Congratulations to the staff of the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) which received a 4-Star rating from the  Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI). The CDC is one of the few centers in Northern Virginia to have achieved this rating.    


The VSQI was created to help parents and caregivers find high quality child care throughout Virginia. Participation is voluntary, and programs are measured on factors such as staff qualifications, how teachers interact with the children, classroom size, classroom materials, and how well they prepare children for school. Well done!


Thank you to Frontier Landscaping for donating $3,600 in labor costs to complete work at the front of the CDC building.

Emergency Financial Assistance 

ACCA provided more than $28,000 in cash assistance to 58 households in September for rent, utilities, and other needs. Among those served was a father with three teenage children whose wife recently passed away. Due to medical and funeral expenses, he was unable to pay the rent. In another instance, a couple with two children both worked for the same employer and both were laid off at the same time. ACCA also helped this family by paying the outstanding rent. On behalf of these families and others, thank you for your generosity to ACCA.

Furniture Ministry  

Volunteers load donated furniture for delivery to needy families.
Volunteers from nine ACCA congregations picked up gently used furniture and made deliveries to 36 households in September. Of these, 34 included children under the age of 18. Thank you to volunteers from Latter Day Saints, Peace Lutheran, Providence Presbyterian, John Calvin Presbyterian, St. Alban's, Annandale United and Immanuel Methodist, St. Barnabas's, and Cornerstone Evangelical.


Meals on Wheels  and Transportation  

help wanted Meals on Wheels served 24 individuals in September. Each delivery included a hot meal and a cold sack supper, for a total of 768 meals.    


Currently there is a need for drivers in the Bailey's Crossroads area. If you can sign up for one or more days per month, please contact Mary Lee Di Spirito at (703) 256-9513 or Drivers pick up meals at the Baileys Shelter and deliver them to home bound seniors in the neighborhood.  


We also need a program coordinator for the Annandale Meals on Wheels program. The coordinator takes referrals for new clients coming on the program, places orders with the food caterer, prepares route sheets for the drivers who make the deliveries, and oversees the operation of the program. Please contact Mary Lee Di Spirito if you can help.


ACCA volunteers also provided 19 rides to medical appointments in September.

In the News  

Congratulations to Mary Lee Di Spirito, who was recognized for 32 years of service to Meals on Wheels in the Caring Community Updates newsletter from Volunteer Solutions.  

Help Getting Health Insurance  

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began October 1 and continues until March 31, 2014.  Northern Virginia Family Service is recruiting volunteers to attend events and provide information about the Marketplace. Additional training will be offered to those who wish to become certified application counselors to assist individuals with the enrollment process. To learn more or to host an information table at your congregation or other location, please email

Important Dates to Remember 
ACCA's Annual Pastors and Partners Luncheon, Thursday, October 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Annandale United Methodist Church. ACCA Board Members will have the opportunity to welcome ACCA Pastors and many of our Community Partners at the annual luncheon event. A short program will focus on the "Many Faces of ACCA." Giant Foods in Annandale will sponsor the food for the guests.

The Interfaith Communities for Dialogue presents Religious Freedom and the Constitution: A Balancing Act, Sunday, October 27, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, #101, Falls Church, VA 22042. Register by email to or call (703) 324-3453.

Time to Re-link Your VIC Card

The CDC code is 8684. 

The next time you shop at Harris Teeter, please take a moment  while checking out to link your VIC card to the ACCA Child Development Center. When customers purchase select Harris Teeter Brand products using their VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those purchase dollars to the schools of their choice. The code for the ACCA CDC is 8684. You can re-link your card at the checkout or online.