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June/July 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 
  July 15
Queen of Apostles
4329 Sano St
Alexandria, VA 22312
Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
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    

Thank You Do More 24 Donors
Danke, Gracias, Merci!

On June 19, ACCA joined more than 560 nonprofits in the greater Washington DC area in an online fundraiser organized by the United Way. According to the Washington Post, the group raised $1.1 million in 24 hours. Of this, donors contributed about $2,000 to ACCA. We are so very grateful to all who gave.


In preparation for the campaign, the ACCA Development Committee produced a special video in both English and Spanish highlighting ACCA's role in the community, which we hope will be the first of many efforts to tell the ACCA story.

ACCA Honored by Fairfax County    

ACCA Leaders NCS award
ACCA volunteers Don Di Spirito, Mary Lee Di Spirito, Marie Markey and Jean Rackowski hold the award presented to ACCA on May 22 by the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS). ACCA was honored for going above and beyond expectations in helping NCS bring resources to people that strengthen individuals and communities.


2014 Making a Difference Winner   

Ms. Abigail Belayneh received the ACCA 2014 Making a Difference Award on June 5 during the senior awards ceremony at Annandale High School. Abigail's essay on volunteerism focused on her service at Lincolnia Senior Center and the Wegene Ethiopian Foundation, which assists families in poverty in Ethiopia. Ms. Jina Kim of Evergreen Title Company in Annandale sponsors the ACCA award, which includes a plaque and a check for $500. Abigail will attend the University of Maryland Easter Shore in the fall. You can read her essay online.

Weed Warriors Wanted    

The all-volunteer ACCA Food Pantry garden donates its fresh harvest to needy families served by the Food Pantry. Since the labor is great and the workers are few, we invite individuals and churches that don't have their own gardens to participate in ACCA's garden ministry. Currently we need workers to assist with harvesting and packaging the vegetables for distribution, watering and weeding. The garden is located near the Food Pantry on the grounds of the Child Development Center. Email Amy Metzel,, if you are interested in helping out.  

Independence Day Celebration at CDC  


Children at the ACCA Child Development Center celebrated Independence Day with a picnic on July 3. See more photos on the CDC Facebook page

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Anne Lecos    

Mary Anne Lecos
Mary Anne Lecos has served ACCA in a variety of roles.

On June 30, Mary Anne Lecos completed almost 15 years of service on the ACCA Board as an Official Representative (OR) from St. Anthony's, Development Committee Chair, Vice President and President. In a recent interview, she reflected on her the importance of serving others, her long career in Fairfax County, and ACCA.


While growing up in a federal housing project and attending Catholic schools and DePaul University in Chicago, Mary Anne learned that "many people needed help and we have a moral responsibility to care for them."  (Continued. Read the full profile here.)  

Thanks to Lake Barcroft Women's Club  

The Lake Barcroft Women's Club recently gave ACCA a donation of $4,700. Mary Anne Lecos were on hand to accept the donation. The Women's Club has donated to ACCA in the past and we  appreciate their generous support! 

ACCA + Rebuilding Together x 25    

PKlein and MMonsen
Patti Klein, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church congratulated ACCA Housing Chair Marie Monsen on 25 years of partnership at the June ACCA meeting. Other ACCA volunteers who have provided long years of service and leadership to the Rebuilding Together program were also recognized. See more pictures on the ACCA Facebook Page.

Family Emergency Assistance 

In May ACCA provided $11,850 and in June $7,960 in assistance for rent, utilities and medical expenses. In May, we were still seeing the effects of this year's very cold winter. A grandmother who takes care of her two grandchildren had high utility bills coupled with the need for automobile repairs. She was unable to pay her electric bill. ACCA stepped in to prevent the electricity from being shut off. In June, ACCA served a family with five small children. The father, a limo driver, had suffered a stroke and lost income while recovering. He has now returned to work and ACCA was able to assist the family by paying their overdue rent. 

Furniture Team Delivers

There were numerous examples in May and June of how your gently used furniture has provided new life and hope for others. Volunteers recently delivered a dining table and chairs to a special shelter that houses six families including eight children. More recently, they provided furnishings for an apartment in Falls Church for a refuge family who were moving from a county shelter to a sponsored apartment. This family had endured many trials and interim homes, but now has a furnished apartment to call home.


On August 23, the annual Furniture Program review and planning meeting will be held at St. Alban's Church on Columbia Pike, beginning with breakfast at 10:00 am. The 2014-15 calendar will be distributed. County representatives and other partners who support the program will join volunteer coordinators and warehouse managers in planning for next year.

Food Pantry   

The pantry made 77 deliveries assisting 268 individuals in May. Demand was up in June, with 97 deliveries assisting 319 individuals. In once case, a grandmother was caring for three children abandoned by their mother. Because the grandmother does not yet have legal custody, she did not qualify for WIC benefits for diapers and formula. ACCA provided  these essential items for the baby. 

Items needed by the food pantry include
dried beans, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, cookies, crackers, canned meats, toothpaste, bars of soap, and shampoo.

Transportation and Meals on Wheels 

In May transportation volunteers served seven clients. In June, 10 rides were provided for 10 clients.


The Annandale Meals on Wheels volunteers made 399 deliveries to 20 clients in May, and 404 deliveries to 21 clients in June. If you know of someone who could benefit from Meals on Wheels, please contact Cheri White at


On behalf of all who were served, we thank our dedicated volunteer drivers. 

Donate Your Usable Computers    

Do you have a relatively new computer that you no longer need? The Wedgewood Community Center in Annandale provides after school homework assistance, life enrichment activities, job and skill development, and a safe place for residents to improve their self-sufficiency. Wedgewood currently has only five computers for all residents, making it difficult for students and adults to complete homework assignments, look for work, and improve their computer skills.  If you have a computer with a recent version of Windows or a Mac operating system and you would like to donate it, please contact Liz Griffith at or call 703-352-5090.