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October 2015 News   

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Next Meeting
The next meeting will be 
November 3
Providence Presbyterian
9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031 

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

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Mailing Address
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

Furniture Donations 


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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    

Celebrating Pastors & Partners    
Some of the Pastors who attended the annual Pastors & Partners luncheon are pictured above. Click the image to see more photos of the event. Photo courtesy of Tuan Nguyen. 
More than 70 people attended ACCA's annual Pastors and Partners luncheon Oct. 22, with guest speaker Patricia Harrison, Deputy Fairfax County Executive. Ms. Harrison provided an overview of the key trends affecting human services in the County and answered questions from the audience. The annual luncheon recognizes the pastors of ACCA's 26 member churches and the numerous community partners with whom ACCA works. ACCA thanks Annandale United Methodist for hosting the event, Giant Food Annandale for providing the lunch, Mary Lee Di Spirito who organized the luncheon, and numerous volunteers who served as hosts. See more photos online. 
Walkers Tackle Hunger   
CROP Hunger Walk Chair Camille Mittelholtz (in the CROP Walk tee-shirt) with a group of St. Barnabas parishioners at the annual CROP Walk on Oct. 17 at Lake Accotink Park.

Great fall weather greeted nearly 60 walkers and volunteers who participated in the 2015 CROP Hunger Walk to benefit Church World Service at Lake Accotink Park. Children's' posters highlighting the problem of hunger were on display at the registration area. Fairfax County Supervisors John Cook and Penny Gross welcomed and thanked the walkers for working to combat hunger. Patrick Walker from Church World Service also greeted the walkers. A portion of the funds raised will support ACCA programs.
View more photos online. 
Scouting for Food - Nov. 14  

Scouting for Food, one of the biggest food drives of the year benefitting the ACCA food pantry, will take place on Nov. 14. Local Scouts will distribute plastic bags to homes across the region and ask residents to fill them with non-perishable foods. The Scouts will return to pick up the bags on Nov. 14th and deliver the food to the ACCA Pantry. See a  list of suggested items food pantries need online. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Give Where You Work         
ACCA is fortunate to have generous donors who participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and the United Way workplace giving campaigns. Your support provides an important source of income to ACCA. If you are eligible, please join our donor ranks by signing up for payroll giving using these designation codes:
CFC: 58934
United Way NCA
United Way: 8058

Employers who  don't participate in these programs  may offer a matching program for employee donations. If your employer or your spouse's employer offers a matching program, send us the form along with your gift, and we will do the rest.  
It's Time to Link Your VIC Card    
Harris Teeter shoppers, you can make a donation to the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) every time you shop by linking your VIC card to the CDC. Harris Teeter makes a donation to participating schools when you purchase participating Harris Teeter brand products.

To link your card (or update your selections), either go online to and click on Together in Education, or ask the cashier next time you are in the store. Use the enrollment code 8684 for the CDC.
Opportunity for Service Hours  
If you know a student who needs community service hours, opportunities are available at the ACCA Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed to help shelve donations, particularly after the Boy Scout food drive. Hours are flexible. For more information, contact Jean Rackowski at
Successful Day to Serve
day to serve food drive 
Click this photo to see more Day to Serve pictures online.
Photo: Paul Westpheling
The Day to Serve food drive in September yielded more than 5,000 lbs. of food and $1,033 in cash donations for the ACCA Food Pantry. ACCA thanks the five supermarkets which participated, including the Annandale Giant, Annandale Safeway, Bradlick Giant, Fairfax Safeway and Landmark Shoppers; numerous volunteers from seven participating ACCA churches; and co-chairs Bart Marcois and Richard Magleby for pulling it all together. We are blessed by your hard work!
Update on ACCA Ministries
Here's a snapshot of how ACCA served our community in September:
  • The Pantry made 71 deliveries of food and hygiene items assisting 205 people.
  • The Furniture program made 31 pickups and delivered furniture to 28 households; among them was a Vietnam-era veteran who moved into a sponsored but empty apartment.
  • Transportation served six clients with rides to medical appointments
  • Meals on Wheels served 28 clients with two meals per day.
  • Family Emergency provided rental assistance to 24 households, paid utilities for 13 households, and provided other cash assistance to three households.

On behalf of all who were served, thank you ACCA volunteers.  

Goodwin House Benefactors  
Seven generous residents of Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads (GHBC) recently contributed a total of $1,695 to ACCA, qualifying for a
dollar-for-dollar matching gift from the Goodwin House Foundation. GHBC also contributes food and furniture to ACCA. We thank them for all their support for needy families in our community.  
In Memoriam 
With great sadness, ACCA notes the passing of Robin Holmes, wife of long-time ACCA volunteer Fred Holmes and mother-in-law to Kathy Holmes, a member of the Child Development Center Board. A service of remembrance was held on Oct. 23 at St. Alban's Episcopal.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via ACCA, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
Upcoming Events
Parents of teens are invited to a presentation on communicating with teens on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Ravensworth Baptist. This is a free seminar, open to the whole community, and not a faith-based presentation. More information and registration are available online.