Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)
Annandale Christian Community for Action
May the miracle of Easter bring you peace and joy.
In its 53rd year, ACCA continues to provide high quality child care and serves as a principal source of emergency assistance, including food, furniture and financial support, for our vulnerable neighbors.
Recognition for the Child Development Center

The exemplary work of the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) during the pandemic was recently highlighted in the New York Times. Read the article.

The National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors Association has been the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) since 1986, providing education, information on legislation, regulation and advocacy issues, and resources to support the essential work of the CACFP community who ensure that every child has access to nutritious food year-round. The ACCA Child Development Center has been recognized by the CACFP for their continuing work in this important food program.

Congratulations to Isabel Ballivian, Director of the CDC, and her amazing staff for their continued dedication to the children of our community.
Food Pantry Collections Continue

We collect food donations on weekdays with the exception of County Holidays and other scheduled closings from 1 – 5 pm at the food pantry located at 7200 Columbia Pike (trailer separate from the day care center) in Annandale.

We will continue to accept food at the pantry on Saturday April 10 and Saturday April 24 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pantry volunteers are required to follow social distancing guidelines. While volunteering at the pantry we encourage visitors to keep the health and safety of our volunteers in mind when donating. An updated list of needed items is available.
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week was established by a Presidential Proclamation in 1974. This year, National Volunteer Week is April 18-24.

ACCA is fortunate to have almost 500 volunteers who serve in a variety of roles including food delivery, transportation, pantry manager, family emergency assistance, transportation, church representatives, and many more. We appreciate all who donate their time, talent, and resources to our neighbors through ACCA.

Many volunteers are taking part in new, pandemic-altered roles, while others are waiting to participate once they feel comfortable—or they become available. Either way, our volunteers are valued! Some of the work can be done from home while some requires a socially-distant setting.

Would you like to volunteer with ACCA? Visit our web site for details.
Ministry Updates
Family Emergency Assistance

In February, 33 households received financial assistance from ACCA for rent and utilities. The total amount provided for the month was almost $29,000. These payments assisted 103 individuals to remain in their homes. Here are a few examples of neighbors that ACCA has helped this month.

  • Two brothers, one in high school and the other in college requested help with their rent. Their apartment lease was in their father’s name but he left the country and remarried and doesn't intent to return. The children were left with unpaid rent and utility bills. The college student is working part time without sufficient income to cover the rent. ACCA paid the back and current rent to help sustain the two young men.

  • A single, senior citizen who earned income as a day laborer lost all income when he became sick in November and was hospitalized for three weeks. He has not been able to work since that time, and as a result he used up his savings paying for December and January rent. He will be able to pay his bills once he finds employment. ACCA paid his rent for February.

  • After her husband left her last March, the mother of three children had a difficult time meeting household expenses and had to borrow money. Although her ex-husband verbally agreed to pay child support, he has been unable to do so because he lost his job as a driver. Our client was advised to apply for SNAP benefits. ACCA and three other organizations paid the total rent in arrears and utilities.

Food Pantry

For February 2021, the food pantry made 100 food deliveries and 23 gift card mailings. The total households assisted were 123 with a total of 411 clients.

Furniture Ministry

Although the furniture ministry is unable to operate as usual due to the pandemic, we were able to help in a different way this month.

We had one client who had been homeless and had just “graduated” from a transitional housing program when her housing choice voucher request was approved. This single mother with 4 children had found an apartment out of the ACCA area. We have plenty of inventory so ACCA provided the furnishings for her new apartment and she came with a truck and 3 helpers on a Saturday morning. A volunteer came to help them move furniture from one of the trucks directly into her U-Haul. She was exceedingly grateful for the furniture and for our willingness to work with her even though she was not in the ACCA work area. 


In the month of February, the combined ACCA-Shepherd’s Center medical transportation program provided 38 two-way rides. We were also fortunate to receive an offer to advertise our program with, which matches community service opportunities with anyone who is looking for a place to volunteer. 

Rebuilding Together Express

Rebuilding Together Arlington-Fairfax-Falls Church (RTE-AFF) continues to focus on Rebuilding Together Express projects. Express projects are small projects that only require three or four volunteers and focus on safety issues such as bathroom grab bars and stair railings. In recent months RTE-AFF has conducted one to two Express projects in Fairfax County each week. This includes three Express projects completed in Annandale. At this point, there is no plan for National Rebuilding Day projects as we have previously done on the last Saturday in April. RT-AFF continues to consider the possibility of larger projects in the fall if COVID conditions and state guidelines permit. 


Save the date - the 2021 CROP Hunger Walk will be held October 16, 2021. We will decide this summer whether the walk will be in-person or virtual. The Annandale CROP Hunger Walk raised a total of $19,340.00 in check, cash and online donations plus $145 in a matching gift, for a total of $19,485.00. Church World Service shares part of the funds raised with ACCA, and in November 2020 ACCA received two checks totaling $3,717.50. 
ACCA remains committed to the challenge of Jesus, as described in Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”