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April 2015 News   

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be 

May 5   

John Calvin Presbyterian   

6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22312
Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. 
Open to all visitors.   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

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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  

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    

Kicks for Cans Food Drive  

Annandale Pride 
Jean Rackowski with members of the Annandale Pride soccer team at the ACCA Food Pantry. Click the image above to see more photos.

The Annandale United Football Club's U-12 Girls Pride team hosted a friendly mini-camp with the Fredericksburg Football Club and St. Mary's Soccer Club in March. Families donated non-perishable foods in lieu of paying a registration fee, and collected more than 1,200 lbs. of food!   


The food drive was the idea of Head Coach Billy Blake and Assistant Coach Karen Billingslea. We're so impressed and thankful for this donation to the ACCA Food Pantry. 

Rebuilding Together


Can you lend a hand? ACCA's annual Rebuilding Together event takes place on Saturday, April 25. Volunteers from a dozen ACCA member churches will paint and make repairs at two homes in West Springfield. Both skilled and unskilled workers are needed and we provide all the necessary tools and supplies. Men, women, young adults, and teens 16 and older who need volunteer hours are all welcome.


House captains Brad Moffett, Ravensworth Baptist and Jim Stewart, John Calvin Presbyterian will lead a team making repairs at a group home for adults with developmental challenges located near Brookfield Plaza. A second team led by Ken Mittleholtz, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and John Clarke, Annandale United Methodist Church will be working a few blocks away at a town home whose owner is fighting cancer.


A spirit of camaraderie and willingness to wield a rake, paintbrush, hammer, or similar tools are all that are needed. Lunch will be provided. Contact Marie Monsen,, for details and to sign up.


To make a donation to cover the cost of supplies, please send a check to ACCA, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA, 22003 or donate online. In either case, please specify "Rebuilding Together."

Child Development Center   

Stars of children's literature, including Curious George, the Man with the Yellow Hat, and the Cat in the Hat, will appear at the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) on Saturday, April 25. The event for families will also feature mariachis and polka instruction. Watch the ACCA Facebook page for more details.


The CDC is justifiably proud of its 4-Star rating through the  Virginia Star Quality Initiative. The current rating expires this year and the staff is diligently working on the application for renewal.

Furniture Ministry 

truck Once again, wintery weather limited furniture crews to three weeks of operations in March. Still, they were still able to complete 25 deliveries and 23 pickups. An average of 13 volunteers per week made the heavy work lighter.


The furniture team received a second donation of 30 full size mattresses and box springs, in addition to the 68 sets received last month. Many thanks to volunteers Jim Dillon, Dave Lawhead, Pete McClintock, Ron Novak and Don Di Spirito for handling the pickup of the donated bed sets. Thanks also to Global Sustainability Solutions for coordinating the donation and to Annandale Shopping Center for providing storage space for these large donations.

Family Emergency Assistance   

Requests for assistance were steady in March, with a total of 29 households receiving nearly $19,000 in emergency assistance for rent and utilities. With the coming of warmer weather, we anticipate an increase in seasonal employment opportunities and lower utility bills, which will alleviate some of the need.


Health problems know no season, however, and among those assisted last month was a family with a child who received a liver transplant. The mother has been off work caring for the child, and the father has only recently been hired for a construction job, so they were behind on their rent. In another case, we served a single mother of three children, one of whom broke a leg. She was behind on her rent due to medical expenses. Through your donations, both were able to avoid being evicted. On behalf of all who were served, thank you.

Food Pantry   

Requests for food assistance dropped slightly in March, as seasonal workers begin to find jobs. Still, pantry volunteers made 76 deliveries, serving 251 individuals. Thank you to all the volunteers who made deliveries last month.


ACCA is pleased to welcome Tuan Nguyen of Holy Spirit as our newest food captain. If you are also interested in getting involved, please contact Jean Rackowski at    

Meals on Wheels and Transportation 

In March, the Annandale Meals on Wheels delivered 532 meals to 16 clients. The deliveries include two meals per day, a hot meal and a cold meal, such as a sandwich and fruit. Some Meals on Wheels programs choose to make fewer deliveries and include frozen meals that can be microwaved on non-delivery days. Thanks to our wonderful ACCA volunteers, the Annandale program is able to continue delivering hot meals five times per week. 


Transportation volunteers served three clients in March, providing four rides.

ACCA Testifies on County Budget
ACCA President Gail V. Coleman testifying at the Fairfax County budget hearings.
ACCA President Gail V. Coleman and CDC Executive Director Isabel Ballivian were among the dozens of people who testified before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during three days of budget hearings in early April. Ms. Coleman urged the Board to maintain full funding for programs for the County's needy.

Although the poverty rate in Fairfax County is relatively low, the public assistance caseload increased by 11 percent in FY 2014, Ms. Coleman said. She also said that ACCA continues to experience high levels of referrals from the County for emergency food and housing assistance. The Board is expected to approve a budget for the fiscal year 2016 at the end of the month.
Read her testimony here.