To all of our volunteers, including those who’ve worked with us for the past 54 years, we say THANK YOU!
In the past year, hundreds of volunteers like you shared thousands of hours of valuable time with ACCA. This allows us to continue our mission of providing food, rental assistance, furniture, transportation, and other services to low-income families in the Annandale/Bailey’s Crossroads area.
All ACCA programs (aside from the Child Development Center) are run 100% by our wonderful volunteers. Some of the highlights of fiscal year 2021 included:
- Family emergency assistance volunteers arranged payments for families to cover rent, utilities, food, and other essentials totaling almost $1.6 million.
- Food pantry volunteers stocked and sorted donations and provided delivery of nutritious food and other essentials to nearly 5000 individuals. Volunteer Fairfax provided support in collecting first-aid kits to include with the food donations.
- The Furniture Ministry team gathered donations and delivered 854 items to 55 needy households.
- The combined Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield/ACCA Transportation volunteers provided 534 trips to clients in need of transportation for essential appointments.
- The skilled volunteers who work on Housing Repair have been making homes safe year-round by partnering with the Rebuilding Express program which focuses on smaller projects due to the pandemic. They will resume their annual Rebuilding Together workday on April 30.
- The steadfast walkers who participate in the Annandale CROP Hunger Walk each year raise funds for Church World Service (CWS) and CWS shares part of the funds raised with ACCA. ACCA raised almost $12000 for CWS in FY 2021.
- A diverse group of volunteers worked with the Neighbor to Neighbor program to provide tutoring and support to Afghan families who recently arrived in our community. This faithful group persisted through the pandemic and are continuing to help both children and adults adjust to life in the U.S.
What counts most in ACCA is serving those in need. Because of volunteers like you, ACCA will continue to give hope and provide lasting change to local families in need.
*Note: this is a message sent to people who volunteered with ACCA in the past year either directly through the food pantry, furniture ministry, family emergency, board of directors (ACCA and Child Development Center), Rebuilding Together, CROP Walk or through the joint Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield/ACCA Transportation Program, Neighbor to Neighbor, or Volunteer Fairfax programs.
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