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December 2018 News   

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Next Meeting

The next ACCA board meeting will be
February 5

Location: St. Alban's Episcopal Church
6800 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

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

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Contact Information 
Mailing Address
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

Furniture Donations 


ACCA Website

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 

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    

Child Development Center

The children at the Child Development Center(CDC) are ready for Christmas!   We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
Challenge Campaign 

For many of our neighbors in need, 2018 has been a year of uncertainty and anxiety concerning their ability to pay for food, rent, child care, gas and electric, furniture, or medicine. Yet, for over fifty years, these neighbors in the Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, and Lincolnia areas of Fairfax County have been able to turn to Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) for help.  
ACCA needs your support to continue our work in the coming year. Our goal for this year's Challenge Campaign is to raise $130,000 in donations between now and January 31, 2019.
How do you know that donations will directly help needy neighbors?    The Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy  has included ACCA in its group of "the best" local charities for the past several years.  Experts from the catalogue vet charities by asking questions such as:   What need is a nonprofit meeting? Is it doing so with excellence? Are its finances sound? What impact, concretely measurable or harder to measure, is it having on the community it serves? This is how the catalogue determines which nonprofits are truly among "the best", helping donors feel confident that their giving makes an impact. 
To donate by mail, send your check payable to ACCA to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Please note "Challenge Campaign" in the memo line. You can donate with credit or debit card online via the Catalogue for Philanthropy or PayPal. See details on the  ACCA website.  
Thank you for supporting ACCA to help those in need in our community. Your contribution WILL make a difference!
Support the Homeless this Winter

Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter's Hypothermia Prevention Program is in operation every day through March 31.  Through  partnerships with volunteers, churches, non-profit organizations, and individuals, hot meals, breakfast items, beverages, and snacks are provided to our neighbors.   Meals , such as one-dish casseroles, soups, salad, entrees, vegetables, bread/rolls, and dessert are needed for several dates this winter.

For more information or to volunteer,   contact Sherry Edelkamp  , hypothermia coordinator 
at .    Clothing  , such as hats, gloves, adult size (new) thermal underwear (L, XL, XXL), coats, scarves, and gloves are needed.  For more information,   contact Khristina Koontz  at  If you see someone at risk, call 911.  More information about Fairfax County's program is available.
Good Neighbor Program

The Good Neighbor Program initiative that ACCA is supporting in collaboration with Lutheran Social Services will begin in January with bimonthly homework clubs at Peace Lutheran Church. To help us in this project, please share the following needs with your congregations, friends, and family.

1) Dental care. Many refugees come to the United States in dire need of good dentistry beyond the cleanings and screenings that Medicaid covers. If you are a dentist or know one who would be willing to be part of a growing network of dentists that offer free or low-fee dental work for refugees, please consider offering your services to recently-arrived families in need.
2) Child safety seats: We are providing transportation for families and are collecting new/gently used child safety seats for infants - age 7.
3) Sewing machines: please consider gifting new and/or used (working!) sewing machines to a women's group that will begin classes at Peace Lutheran also in January. Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help women with sewing and ESL, please consider being part of the project.

If you are able to help, please contact Nadia Fitzcharles (

CROP Hunger Walk 

The 2018 Annandale CROP Hunger Walk was held on  Saturday, October 20 at Lake Accotink Park. This walk raises funds for Church World Service's (CWS)  hunger and refugee relief and for ACCA. 

Volunteers from 12 ACCA churches participated and 40 youth contributed posters to the event. 

To date, we have sent $16,054 in collected funds to Church World Service, and $1890 in online gifts have been made; an additional $265 has been turned in but not sent to CWS-for a grand total to date of $18,208.  The fundraiser who collected the most donations for the 2018 Annandale walk is Sally Norris of United Baptist Church.  Sally raised a total of $7183 this year, the most she has raised in any single year. 

Online donations can still be made at .

Workplace Giving Campaigns 

Many workplace giving campaigns are presently underway.  If your workplace participates in these important campaigns, please consider designating ACCA, Inc. (Annandale Christian Community for Action) as a beneficiary. Thank you for your continued support.  Following are the details on each of these three campaigns:
UNITED WAY WORK PLACE CAMPAIGNS- #8058                  
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN- #58934                   
Ministries Update

During the month of November:

Family Emergency Assistance provided nearly $20,000 to 26 households to assist with rent, utilities, and medical expenses.

The Food Pantry had a busy month with a successful Boy Scout Drive and donations of fresh fruit from the Lions Club.  There were 57 deliveries assisting 152 people.  Bailey's Elementary School received 49 deliveries.  The pantry also provided 55 Thanksgiving Meals. 

The Furniture Program completed 14 deliveries to needy households representing 48 persons.
Meals on Wheels delivered 1284 meals to 33 clients.  
Shepherd's Center News

The Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield (SCAS), a nonprofit focused on seniors helping seniors, needs volunteers and a part time Office Director.

The Office Director position is a paid position earning $12 - $15 per hour based on experience. Experience in event planning, newsletter writing, and supervising volunteers required. 

Volunteers are needed to help with many programs. We could use drivers, grant writers, community outreach, marketing help, event planning, and Board members.

We always have a need for drivers for the SCAS/ACCA Transportation program to take area adults 50+ to medical, dental, and physical therapy facilities during the week and shopping and banking on the weekends. You can drive as often as you want and only when it fits your schedule. At the same time, you can make a real difference in the lives of area seniors.

If you are interested in the paid or volunteer positions, please contact the office at 703-941-1419 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or email
Annual Report
The 2018 annual report for ACCA is now available