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March 2014 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
The next meeting will be on 
  April 1 at
St. Paul's Episcopal
3439 Payne St
Falls Church, VA 22041
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    

Nominate a Teenage Volunteer 

ACCA is looking for teens who are making a difference in our community through volunteer service. We will once again honor a graduating Annandale High School senior at the school's 2014 Awards Day. The Making a Difference Award includes a cash prize of $500, an individual plaque, and inscription of the winner's name on a plaque displayed at the school.


The purpose of the award is to recognize the importance of volunteering and to encourage young people to do more volunteering as a way to give back to their community.


To be eligible, a student must be nominated by someone familiar with his or her service who is not an immediate family member. The nomination form is available online and must be submitted by April 15. Nominees will be notified of the nomination and asked to submit an essay describing why they think volunteering is important, what they have done, and the impact they have had.


This award is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jina Kim of the Evergreen Title Company in Annandale, Va.  

Touched by an Angel

One of our food pantry volunteers reported on a recent delivery to a single middle-aged man. "I gathered the food on Wednesday morning and went to the neighborhood around noon. It was a nice neighborhood of single-family homes. The client met me at my car and we carried the groceries into his home together." On entering the home, she noticed the interior was in considerable disrepair, including broken floor tiles and damaged walls. After they deposited the food on the kitchen table, the client thanked the volunteer. She wished him well and left. The man had reminded her of her own brother who had lost a good job during the recession and had barely scraped by.  


That night, she says, "As I was preparing for bed around 9 p.m., I got a call on my cellphone." It was the man from the nice-looking house. "He told me that it was his birthday and that I was like an angel bringing him food. I replied that it was the work of ACCA."  


We couldn't have said it better! Thanks to all the angels who make this work possible. 

Family Emergency Assistance  

Thanks to our grant from United Way, ACCA was able to expand its Family Emergency Assistance program to serve an additional 28 households. In all, we served 74 households and provide more than $35,000 in assistance with rent, utilities and medical costs.


One ACCA client has a new smile, thanks to our United Way grant. This senior needed dentures, but couldn't afford them. ACCA helped with the cost. We also helped a family of five who are struggling with cancer. The mother is undergoing chemotherapy and unable to work. The father has had to reduce his hours in order to take her to medical appointments. ACCA was able to assist this family by paying their rent due.

Food Pantry

The pantry has been quite busy. Although we had a successful food drive called "Stuff the Bus" on February 1, most of the food collected has already been given out. In all, volunteers made 116 deliveries assisting 387 individuals in February.


If you can help, we continue to need almost all types of food, especially canned fruit, crackers, canned meals such as Chef Boyardee,canned meats, cookies, Jell-O, pudding mix, Kraft dinners, pancake mix, etc., canned meats, cookies, Jell-O, pudding mix, and pancake mix.  
Meals on Wheels

We certainly had our share of weather in February. Still, our volunteers kept on rolling in all but the worst weather, delivering meals to 22 local residents who were unable to get out or prepare meals for themselves. We really appreciate our intrepid drivers. In addition, we delivered Valentine packages containing crafts donated by the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild.

Special thanks to United Baptist Church for our year-round use of their office space; this is a huge help to Meals on Wheels.

Child Development Center
Busy three-year-olds at the Child Development Center (CDC) engage in creative play. Click the image above to see more photos.

Furniture Ministry

ACCA furniture volunteers made at least one family very happy last month: they were able to furnish a rented apartment for a formerly homeless mother and her two children. The family had used all available funds to move in and could not afford furniture. ACCA provided them with a refreshing start in their new home after a long shelter experience. In all, volunteers made 57 pickups and deliveries, despite the inclement weather. We served 30 households representing 117 persons. If you have gently used furniture to donate, please contact Mary Lee Di Spirito at

Neighborhood Resources to Know About

Fairfax Neighborhood and Community Services offers free after-school programs at three community centers: James Lee (Loehmann's area), Bailey's (Bailey's Crossroads area) and Willston Multicultural center (Seven Corners). The Bailey's Community Center currently has openings for grade school students (see details here), while all three centers have space available for middle and high school students. Fairfax County residents over the age of 18 can use the fitness centers at the James Lee and Bailey's Centers free of charge from Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

Culmore Multicultural Day takes place Saturday April 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Baileys Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church. Live music, folk dancers, children's activities and more. Admission is free.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. SafeSpot of Fairfax is distributing pinwheels to highlight the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. If you would like to plant a pinwheeel garden, please contact Bootsie Humenansky, 703 444 3839 or


Champions4Children 5k Race/Walk takes place on Saturday, on April 26, at Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA. Register online. The race will benefit SafeSpot of Fairfax, which provides direct services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Fairfax County.

Rebuilding Together on April 26

Calling all handymen and women, gardeners, painters, food servers, and young people seeking volunteer hours. On April 26th ACCA is participating in the national Rebuilding Together program. Volunteers will be assisting two local homeowners with basic home repairs and sprucing up. For more information on this year's program, please contact Marie Monsen, (703) 354-9408 or  

Tax Preparation Assistance Available 

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. For more information, call 1-888-227-7669.