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January 2015 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



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About ACCA
ACCA is a church-related voluntary organization providing day care,  financial assistance, food, furniture, and other support to needy families in the Annandale/Bailey's Crossroads area, regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. Except for the child development center, all ACCA services are provided by volunteers. To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at  

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be 

February 3   

at the ACCA Child Development Center

7200 Columbia Pike

Annandale, VA 22003

Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. 
Open to all visitors.   

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

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    

Happy New Year 2015!
Click above to download our FY 2014 Annual Report Brochure (pdf).
Welcome to the first newsletter of the new year. In FY 2014, ACCA served more than 7,000 individuals through our various ministries. This work was made possible by ACCA's 26 member churches, hundreds of volunteers, and individual, business, and community benefactors. To all, we say "Thank You!"

To learn more about ACCA's work and our supporters, download our new annual report brochure. We wish you all the best in 2015.

Challenge Grant Campaign  

The annual ACCA Challenge Grant Campaign is in its final weeks. If you have not yet made a donation, we encourage you to consider donating by check or online by January 31. Our goal this year is to raise $129,000 in addition to the $43,000 contributed by the Washington Forrest Foundation and several anonymous donors.


To donate by check, write "Challenge Grant" in the memo line and mail your check to ACCA, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. You can also donate online through the  ACCA website or the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  


ACCA is grateful to Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross for encouraging residents of Mason District to give to the Challenge Grant Campaign in her January 2015 newsletter.

Help Us Stuff the Bus February 14
Stuff the Bus Food Drive 2013
Watch this video to learn more about the Stuff the Bus Food Drive  

Show a little love on Valentine's Day by participating in the Stuff the Bus campaign. On Feb. 14, Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax Families will come to the Annandale Giant on Columbia Pike to collect food donations for the ACCA Food Pantry. A Fastran bus staffed by MV Transportation personnel will park at a the Giant from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to collect food donations


Stuff the Bus is a partnership among Fairfax County Government, local grocery stores and nonprofits. It begins on January 17, the weekend leading up to the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and continues through President's Day weekend at different locations.


ACCA needs volunteers on Feb. 14 to work at the Food Pantry restocking the shelves with the donated items. This is a great way for high school students to earn community service hours. Please contact Jean Rackowski at for more information or to sign-up.

Volunteers Needed  

food pantry volunteers The ACCA Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to serve as Food Captains to help with managing referrals for food assistance submitted to ACCA by Fairfax County social workers. We also need volunteer drivers to make deliveries to portions of Alexandria, Annandale and Baileys Crossroads.  


Please contact us at if you are interested and provide your name and contact information. A volunteer will be happy to brief you on the duties and time requirements. You can volunteer as often as your schedule permits.

Family Emergency Assistance   

ACCA provided emergency assistance totaling $34,400 to 68 households in December. Of these, 46 households included children and seven included a person aged 55 or older. Job loss frequently precipitates a request for emergency assistance. For example, one of the families served included a single mother with two children. After losing her job, the family became homeless. Fortunately, she found a new job and was able to move her family into an apartment, but she was still struggling to catch up financially. ACCA assisted the family with their utility bill.


In other cases, a work-related accident occurs, or pregnancy-complications affect a wage earner's ability to pay their family's rent, utilities or medical bills. On behalf of all who were served, thank you for your generosity in supporting ACCA.

First of Two Outerwear Clothing Drives   

Members of the Holy Spirit Youth Group sorting and bagging donated winter clothing on Dec. 14. Click the image to see more photos, including the coat distribution at Culmore on Dec. 15. 
Eight churches participated in the seventh annual ACCA outerwear clothing drive. The drive yielded 100 large bags of clothing for day laborers, residents and drop-ins at the Bailey Crossroads Community Shelter (BCCS) and children at the ACCA Child Development Center. The clothing was distributed on December 15.


The largest collection of winter outerwear items came from the Youth Group at Holy Spirit Church. They collected and bagged 58 large bags of clothing. Youth Group Coordinator Kate Kelly said, "Thanks for giving these teens a chance to serve the local community. It was the perfect thing to do to help our kids get ready for Christmas." Other participating churches were St. Mark's Catholic in Vienna, Providence Presbyterian, St. Michael's Catholic, St. Anthony's Catholic, Holy Spirit Catholic, St. Alban's Episcopal, St Paul's Episcopal and Peace Lutheran.


Jerrianne Anthony, BCCS Deputy Director reported, "I was overwhelmed by the number of coats, sweaters and scarves donated to our clients. Clients had been requesting coats for the last two weeks and we had been pulling straws and begging to obtain winter attire." ACCA received similar comments from staff at the ACCA Child Development Center and the Legal Aid Justice Center who work with the day laborers.


Many thanks to all who made this possible! 


There will be a second collection of winter clothing Feb. 7 - 12. Items requested include jackets and coats, hooded sweat shirts, heavy sweaters, stocking type hats, gloves, and heavy scarves. Please, no dress coats or suits. Clothing can be left at the ACCA warehouse on Saturday morning Feb. 7 or ACCA churches can arrange for a pick up during Feb. 9 - 12. Contact the Di Sprito's at 703-256-9513 or email  and Collected items will be distributed on Friday morning, Feb.13.

Child Development Center  

The ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) is recruiting qualified teachers for several paid positions. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to   

The CDC provides affordable, high-quality early education and developmentally appropriate care for children ages 3 months to 5 years in a safe, healthy and diverse environment. 

Furniture Ministry 

Furniture Ministry volunteers made deliveries to 32 households and picked up donations from 28 households during December. Two deliveries were to apartments with hardly any furniture in them. Among the families served, 22 included children under 18, five included someone over age 55, and five had a handicapped person.


During the three weeks of operation we had 58 volunteers working with us, a tribute to their commitment during a cold and busy holiday season. Many thanks to all who helped!

Food Pantry   

Food Pantry volunteers made 104 deliveries in December, assisting 323 individuals, while also providing food for 26 Christmas baskets. This would not have been possible without the support of our member churches and the Annandale Lions who donated fresh oranges and grapefruit.

The pantry remains low in small bags of rice, dried black beans, cereal, jelly, canned fruit, cookies, and crackers.

Salute to Goodwin House Benefactors
Many ACCA supporters call Goodwin House home.
Hats off this month to the good people of Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads (GHBC) for supporting ACCA. From food drives, to furniture donations, to financial support, ACCA is stronger because of GHBC management and its residents.  


GHBC residents support the ACCA Food Pantry through food and cash donations. Mary Anne Lecos, a former ACCA President, reports delivering 25 bags of food to the ACCA pantry in November and December. GHBC also supports the ACCA Furniture Ministry. Last year, ACCA received a donation of dining room chairs, dressers and other miscellaneous furniture. These items became welcome additions to the homes of low-income families served by the ACCA Furniture Ministry.  


The Goodwin House Foundation matches financial contributions to ACCA made by GHBC residents. Recently the Foundation lifted the cap on matching donations, which will further amplify their support. For these many good works and more, we offer our sincere thanks to Goodwin House and its residents.

Transportation and Meals on Wheels  

Transportation provided 7 rides for 7 clients in December. Meals on Wheels served 21 clients, making 348 trips and delivering a total of 696 meals. We thank all our volunteer drivers for providing this valuable service.