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April 2014 News   

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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  

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on 
  May 6 at
Culmore United Methodist
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    

United Way Honors Local Partners


United Way President and CEO Rosie Allen-Herring, left, congratulates ACCA President Gail Coleman and Family Emergency Assistance Chair Marie Markey at the Fairfax Government Center. Click the image above to see more photos.


On April 8, representatives of ACCA and other community organizations received a ceremonial check from the United Way of the National Capital Area for $338,682 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The check represented the total sum given in 2014 to 21 local organizations that received United Way Community Impact Grants. ACCA's grant of $25,000 will allow us to respond to more requests for rent assistance to prevent people from losing their homes. In March alone, ACCA served 13 additional households with the United Way grant funds.  

We Are 'Rebuilding Together' April 26

group home
Click the photo to see more pictures from past Rebuilding events.

Hammers, saws, paint brushes and rakes are just a few of the tools volunteers will be using on April 26 as they help two local homeowners make needed repairs during this year's Rebuilding Together event. 


This year's house captains are Ken Mittelholtz, Frank Spink, John Clarke, Brad Moffet and Jim Stewart. They are meeting with the owners and developing plans for the work to be done. Trash removal and yard clean up will be the focus at one of the homes, while repairs to a deck and shed, replacing gutters and down spouts and painting will occupy volunteers at the other house. 


There are jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers. Why not lend a hand? If you are interested in helping out or in making a cash donation to support the teams, please contact Marie Monsen,

Thank You, Annandale Rotary Club

Mary Lee Di Spirito accepts a check from Dick Bowes of the Annandale Rotary Club.

The Annandale Rotary Club recently presented ACCA representative Mary Lee Di Spirito with a check for $1,000 for ACCA's Family Emergency Assistance Program. The funds are intended to help pay for prescriptions for those who cannot afford their medication. Also honored with similar checks were the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Brain Injury Services.  

Family Emergency Assistance 

ACCA provided $28,348 in emergency cash assistance to 55 households in March. Most of the funds were used to provide rent assistance to families whose budgets were stretched to the breaking point due to unexpected illness, layoffs and the need to care for other family members. We also assisted a family with five children whose electricity was about to be disconnected by paying her utility bill and a single mom who needed gas money to drive to a job interview. On behalf of all who were served, thank you for your continued generosity to ACCA. 

Furniture Ministry 

Volunteers completed some spring-cleaning and organization of the linen room that ACCA uses to store sheets, blankets and other bed items. We thank Kay Tarazi  and Carol Weber of Ravensworth Baptist, Pat Meyer and Chris Gonzalez of St. Anthony, and Eileen Garnett of Our Lady of Queen of Peace for their time and talents. 

ACCA furniture crews made deliveries to 44 households and made 45 pickups of donated furniture during March, despite the bad weather. Furniture chair Don Di Spirito reports, "We are encouraged by the increasing number of volunteers who are generating an enormous amount of work. We are particularly impressed by the 11 volunteers from Holy Spirit, the newest member of the Furniture ministry team." 
Our thanks to the captains and volunteers from all the participating churches and organizations.
Family Day at the CDC - April 26
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Come out and play on Family Day at the ACCA Child Development Center on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day will features dancers, live music, face painting, food and refreshments and more. All are invited.  

Opportunity to Serve on CDC Board

There are currently two vacancies on the board of directors for the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC). Preferred candidates will have some knowledge of IT, legal issues, Human Resources or have a professional background, and be a member of an ACCA church. For more information, or to submit a nomination, please contact Fred Holmes, The CDC board meets monthly and is responsible for a overseeing an annual budget of $2.5 million. This is a great opportunity for personal and professional development.  

ACCA Testifies on County Budget

Well after 9 p.m. on a recent evening, ACCA President Gail Coleman and CDC Director Isabel Ballivian testified before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Ms. Coleman told the supervisors that emergency food requests to ACCA increased by about 30 percent in a recent 3-month period compared to the same period last year. On behalf of ACCA, she urged the supervisors to approve the recommended 7.5 percent increase in the Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP). ACCA uses its grant from the CCFP to help provide emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and medicine; purchase fresh foods and other essential items for the food pantry; and pay storage fees for donated furniture. Click here to read Ms. Coleman's statement.


Ms. Ballivian urged the supervisors to keep the proposed $714,000 increase in funds for early education, saying those funds "would pay for opportunities to expand and support community-based programs and help children living in poverty to prepare for kindergarten." She said that ACCA has more than 250 children waiting to access our services. Click here to read Ms. Ballivian's  statement.  

Transportation and Meals on Wheels 

ACCA volunteers provided 16 rides for seven clients who were going for medical treatment. Meals on Wheels volunteers served 26 clients, delivering 784 meals, despite rain, snow, ice and sleet. Thank you drivers!

Food Pantry 

In March volunteers made 102 deliveries assisting 344 individuals. Our continued thanks to all the churches and individuals who have made generous donations of food to the pantry. One particularly generous donation came from the Annandale Lions Club, which donated fresh oranges and grapefruit. These are very much appreciated by the families who receive them. 


We also thank all who have donated their time stacking pantry shelves and delivering emergency food to needy individuals and families.  


The pantry is currently in need of rice, beans, spaghetti sauce, jelly, and canned fruit for our food deliveries.

Volunteer Spotlight  
Peg Frank coordinated the Annandale Meals on Wheels program from 2002 to 2013.


This month we salute Peg Frank, who for more than a decade served as the Annandale  Meals-On-Wheels Coordinator. She also served as an official representative to ACCA from St. Michael's Catholic Church. 


Peg took over the Meals on Wheels program in 2002. Following her retirement from United Airlines, it became a major focus of her activity. She also volunteered with Travelers Aid at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, and staffed the concierge desk at Tysons II for a number of years. 


Clearly a people person, Peg provided countless hours of service to shut-ins in our community and to travelers from near and far. She recently moved to an assisted living facility nearer to her family in Pennsylvania. We wish her well and know she will be a valuable member of her new community.