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July/August 2015 News   

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Next Meeting
The next meeting will be 

September 1       

ACCA Child Development Center
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 

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    

Eagle Scout Leads Pantry Project     
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New Eagle Scout Stephen Artner (center) and fellow scouts from Troop 150 collected 302 pounds of food for the ACCA Food Pantry. Stephen and his friends performed a benefit concert at The Virginian  retirement community in June. The cost of admission for non-residents and scouts: 10 cans of food. Following the concert, the Scouts delivered and shelved the donations. Stephen will be a junior at Paul VI Catholic High School this fall. Troop 150 is sponsored by the Annandale United Methodist Church. Thank you, Stephen, for your leadership.
Ruffing Scholarships Awarded
AnnMarie Hicks and Raymond Phung, a Ruffing scholarship recipient. More photos online.
Congratulations to Genesis Andia, Raymond Phung, Darling Lievano-Perez, and 
Esraa Mahran, recipients of Emily and Fred Ruffing Scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. Genesis and Raymond received their awards at the July ACCA meeting. All four Ruffing scholars will attend George Mason University this fall.  
 Rotary Supports Fresh Foods   
Mary Lee Di Spirito and Jean Rackowski hold a certificate awarding ACCA a $1,000 Community Grant from the Annandale Rotary Club. The funds will be used to purchase perishable foods, especially eggs and milk for the ACCA food pantry. Thank you Annandale Rotary!
Child Development Center      
Click the photo above to see more graduation photos.  

Graduation ceremonies took place at the ACCA Child Development Center on August 8 for 54 children who will be attending kindergarten this fall. Thanks to Century 21, each of the graduates received a new backpack with school supplies to start them on their academic journey. 
Food Pantry   
Click the image above to see more photos of Food Pantry volunteers serving our community.
The pantry made 68 deliveries assisting 205 people in June. An inventory of the food pantry was completed with assistance from the Friendship Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. The church sent a bus with volunteers to visit Washington, D.C., and on June 30, they helped out at the pantry and the CDC. We greatly appreciate their help!

Family Emergency Assistance     
Fairfax County averages 390 calls per day from families seeking help. Callers who live in the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads areas are often referred to ACCA.

Among those ACCA served in June was a single mother with two young children who needed help paying for a prescription. ACCA also paid the first month's rent for a single mother of six children who was moving to a new residence.

In all, ACCA paid more than $21,000 in rental payments, nearly $2,500 in utility payments, and $470 in medical costs. ACCA served thirty-seven households with more than 100 family members in June. On behalf of all who were served, thank you for your support.
Meals on Wheels
In June, the Annandale Meals on Wheels served 29 clients with a total of 1,012 meals. Thank you, all!
Furniture Ministry
Volunteers making a delivery on a recent Saturday. Click the image to see more photos of volunteers serving our community.
In June, volunteers completed 60 pickups and deliveries. In addition to their regular Saturday operations, a weekday crew delivered bookcases to Sleepy Hollow Elementary School to house books donated to the school.

The Furniture Ministry is taking a well-deserved break in August; normal operations will resume in September.
Upcoming Events
Annual Furniture Ministry Meeting, August 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at St. Albans Episcopal, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale. For information, contact Don Di Spirito at (703) 256-9513 or
CROP Hunger Walk recruiters' meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m., at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information, contact Camille Mittelholtz at (703) 573-0074 or
Workshop on Domestic Violence Intervention for clergy and faith leaders on Wednesday September 30, at Floris United Methodist Church 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon. Sponsored by Faith Communities in Action, information and registration are available online.

CROP Hunger Walk benefiting Church World Service and ACCA, Saturday October 17 at Lake Accotink. See contact information for Camille Mittelholtz, above.

Annual Pastors and Partners Luncheon, Thursday, October 22 at Annandale United Methodist Church (Wright Hall). For information, contact Mary Lee Di Spirito,