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February 2014 News   

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Mailing Address
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

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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
The next meeting will be on 
  March 4 at

7100 Columbia Pike  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    

Stuff the Bus Benefits Food Pantry  

Volunteers at the Giant supermarket on Columbia Pike received donations for the ACCA Food Pantry during "Stuff the Bus" on February 1.  Fairfax County and MV Transportation coordinated this annual event at various locations throughout February to help replenish the shelves at local food pantries. Click the image above to see more photos

Challenge Grant Achieves Goal!  

As of January 31, the annual Challenge Grant Campaign had exceeded its ambitious goal of raising $156,000. Thank you ACCA supporters! You contributed three dollars for every dollar pledged by the Washington Forrest Foundation and other donors. 


The Campaign deadline has been extended to February 28 to receive additional pledges. If you have not yet given and want to be included among our Campaign heroes, send a check payable to ACCA Challenge Grant to 7299 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003, or give online through the Catalogue for Philanthropy.    

Day Laborers Receive Warm Coats  

Thanks to the generous response to the ACCA winter clothing drive, volunteers distributed more than 70 large bags of warm outerwear garments to day laborers in Annandale and Culmore, residents at Baileys Crossroads Shelter, and the ACCA Child Development Center on February 7. The donations from eight ACCA churches included jackets, coats, gloves, hats, sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. We were also able to assist homeless individuals served by the Gartlan Mental Health Center. Thanks to all who responded to the most needy during these very cold and wet days. 
United Way Grant Secured

ACCA will receive a $25,000 Community Impact Grant from the United Way to help support the Family Emergency Assistance Program. Congratulations to our Development Committee members who wrote the winning proposal.


The Development Committee welcomes Pat Donahue, who will co-chair the committee with Mary Anne Lecos. Pat served as Secretary of ACCA before resigning to complete her doctorate in community development at George Mason University. Welcome back, Pat! 

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry has seen an increase in the number of families needing assistance. In January, volunteers made 123 deliveries, assisting 421 individuals. Many thanks to our volunteers who stocked the pantry shelves and made these deliveries!


The panty currently needs the following items: 

Rice, beans, jelly, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned meats, spaghetti sauce, cake mixes, cookies, Jell-O, pudding mixes, crackers, bars of soap, toiletries, and toilet paper. 

Family Emergency Assistance  

In January, ACCA served 41 households, providing more than $24,000 in assistance for rent, utilities, and medical costs. More than 85 percent of the funds were used to pay rental costs to prevent evictions. In one case, ACCA helped a family of four in which both wage earners had their hours cut in December and they were unable to meet their January rent expense. In another case, a single mother had lost her job providing private home care and was served with a court notice for eviction. ACCA helped pay the rent due while she seeks other employment and a roommate to share monthly expenses. On behalf of all who were helped, thank you for supporting ACCA. 

Furniture Ministry 

Despite two weeks of inclement weather, furniture volunteers made deliveries to 22 households in January, including 78 individuals, and made 18 pickups of donated furniture.


Thanks to the KEYS for the Homeless Foundation, ACCA is receiving a very generous gift of 26 rollaway and single beds from the Sheraton Premier at Tysons Corner. We are very grateful for these additional beds.

Meals on Wheels

In spite of cold and icy weather in January, Meals on Wheels volunteers served 20 clients, making 322 deliveries, each of which contained a hot meal and a cold lunch. 

Child Development Center
It may be snowy and cold outside, but this budding artist is warm and cozy at the Child Development Center. Click the photo to see more.
The Child Development Center (CDC) boasts that every class will be working with a Master Artist from Wolf Trap this year, as part of its partnership with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. 

In another exciting development, LT Services, Inc. and Government Services Corp. have donated $16,000 to be used in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative that would enhance the curriculum and improve school readiness for our preschool students.

Rebuilding Together

Each year on the last Saturday in April (April 26th this year) ACCA participates in the national Rebuilding Together program. Volunteers assist local homeowners with basic home repairs and sprucing up. There are jobs for all ages and abilities, including providing food service, fund raising, and skilled and unskilled labor. For more information on this year's program, please contact Marie Monsen, (703) 354-9408 or


If you know of a homeowner who might benefit from our help, please contact Patti Kline with the homeowner's contact information. 

Tax Preparation Assistance Available 

Please spread the word about these offers for free assistance with income tax preparation available at two locations:


Deloitte LLP is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Saturday, February 22, at Fairfax SkillSource Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing), Suite 300W, Annandale, VA 22003. Service is on a first come, first serve basis and childcare is provided on-site. An ASL Interpreter will also be on site to assist with tax preparation. Pre-registration is available but not required. For details, see the attached flyer in English or Spanish.


AARP volunteers are providing free tax preparation assistance at George Mason Government Center through April 17. Volunteers are available Mondays and Thursdays, 1 - 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The government center is at 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. See details here.