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Table of Contents
About ACCA ...............................................................................................2
From the President ...................................................................................3
Strategic Priorities / Our Service Area .......................................................4
Because You Cared ....................................................................................5
Our Year.....................................................................................................6
Child Development Center ........................................................................7
Family Emergency Assistance ...................................................................9
Food Programs
Pantry .................................................................................................10
Meals On Wheels ...............................................................................11
CROP Walk ..........................................................................................11
Furniture .................................................................................................12
Transportation .........................................................................................13
Housing Repair .......................................................................................14
The Emily and Fred Ruffing Scholarships ................................................15
Development ...........................................................................................16
Finance Committee Report .................................................................19
ACCA Human Services Ministries ........................................................19
ACCA Child Development Center ........................................................21
ACCA Supporters and Partners
Our Donors..........................................................................................22
Our Partners........................................................................................23
Opportunities for Service ........................................................................24
ACCA Member Churches and Leadership................................................25
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
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About ACCA
Our Mission: Doing what Jesus would do by serving our neighbors in need.
Whatsoever you do for the least of my people, that you do unto me. (Matthew 25:40)
The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) is a church-related voluntary
organization whose purpose is to unite Christians to promote and sponsor Christian charitable
social services. ACCA, Inc. includes two entities, the ACCA Human Service Ministries and the
ACCA Child Development Center (CDC). ACCA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
ACCA provides a range of services for the needy in the Annandale, Lincolnia, Bailey’s Crossroads,
and Culmore areas of Fairfax County through collaboration of its 26 member churches with
Fairfax County and other human service agencies. The boundaries served by ACCA can be seen
on the map on page 4.
ACCA’s core ministries are developmental childcare, provided by the CDC; and family emergency
assistance, emergency food and hygiene products, pick-up and delivery of furniture for needy
families, and transportation to medical appointments, provided by the Human Service
Ministries. ACCA also supports Rebuilding Together (housing rehab), the Annandale CROP
Hunger Walk, Meals On Wheels and scholarships for students with disabilities. ACCA maintains
partnerships with Shelter House, Bailey’s Community Shelter and the Center for Pastoral
Counseling, and also facilitates an annual Making a Difference Award at Annandale High School
for volunteer service.
With the exception of the staff of the CDC, volunteers deliver all ACCA services. Their work is
organized by ACCA’s committee chairs and coordinators who are responsible for program
operation, volunteer training, financial management, recordkeeping and accountability. The
Development Committee supports fundraising and advocacy efforts in support of ACCA's
mission. ACCA, Inc. is governed by a Board consisting of officers, the CDC board chair,
committee chairs, and Official Representatives (ORs) from each of the 26 member churches.
The ORs serve as ACCA liaisons to pastors, a communications network and recruiters of
volunteers. ACCA, Inc. is funded by contributions from its member churches, individuals and
businesses and organizations; grants from Fairfax County, United Way and other sources; and
in-kind contributions, including facilities and maintenance of the Food Pantry provided by
Fairfax County.
The CDC has a separate operating budget and board of directors, whose authority and
responsibilities are laid out in the bylaws of ACCA, Inc. The CDC maintains close ties to ACCA
through the CDC Board chair, the appointment of CDC Board members by ACCA, membership on
the Finance Committee, and coordination with the Development Committee. The CDC receives
its funding through tuition, childcare subsidies, and fundraising, as well as a transfer of funds
from ACCA, Inc. In addition, the CDC receives in-kind support from Fairfax County for facilities,
maintenance, and special education.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
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From the President
Gail Coleman, President, ACCA, Inc., [email protected]
ACCA is a coalition of 26 churches whose mission is to “do what Jesus would do” by helping our
neighbors in need. We are proud to be recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best
small non-profits in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In addition, through the efforts of director
Isabel Ballivian and her staff, ACCA's Child Development Center has received a four-star rating from the
Virginia Star Quality Initiative.
In this Annual Report you will find highlights of ACCA’s ministries and ACCA-supported activities. I was
particularly moved by the story of a client who was able to acquire a service dog because ACCA helped
her with the payment of a month’s rent.
This year ACCA celebrated 25 years of Rebuilding Together! Over those years, ACCA volunteers
contributed over 44,000 volunteer hours of labor and raised more than $187,000 to repair 115 houses
and group homes. This enabled hundreds of people to remain in their homes and live independently.
ACCA has made great strides in enhancing communications with our volunteers and donors through our
electronic newsletter and Facebook. In addition, ACCA created a YouTube channel and developed a
video highlighting the ACCA programs.
ACCA volunteers also have developed and refined an IT Tool to electronically transfer and store data for
our Family Emergency Assistance Program. It is our goal to adapt this Tool for use in our Food and
Furniture ministries.
ACCA's work is supported financially by our member churches, individuals, grants, and community
organizations. Particularly important are our annual Challenge Grant Campaign and workplace
designations to the Combined Federal Campaign and United Way. ACCA also receives in-kind
contributions, such as through food drives conducted at local supermarkets by the Boy Scouts and the
National Association of Letter Carriers, the Stuff-the-Bus event, and on the annual tri-state Day to
Serve. We are especially grateful for the donation of a commercial refrigerator from Continental
Refrigerator in Bensalem, PA, through the efforts of long-time volunteers Judy and Woody Woodburn of
Woodburn Associates in Annandale.
In recent years, ACCA has received generous bequests from the estates of ACCA supporters. To use
these funds wisely, we have established a Legacy Fund to address unanticipated needs and
ACCA’s service to the needy in our community would not be possible without our many volunteers. I
especially want to thank Mary Anne Lecos, former President and chair of the Development Committee,
and Peg Frank, Annandale Meals-on-Wheels coordinator, who have stepped down from the ACCA board
after many years of service. We welcome new committee chairs: Pat Donahue, Development
Committee; Cheri White, Meals on Wheels; and Martha Romans, Communications Committee.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)
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Strategic Priorities for FY2014
In FY2014 we continued to work on our Strategic Priorities:
Strengthening ACCA’s financial ability to meet clients’ current and future needs.
Using technology to strengthen administration and communications.
Strengthening relations among the ACCA board, churches, and community partners.
Attracting and retaining the volunteers needed to support ACCA’s mission.
Strengthening cooperation and collaboration with agencies sharing ACCA's mission.
For example, as explained in the Communications Committee report, ACCA has made a
particular effort to reach a wider audience by building its presence on social media such as
Facebook, and increasing the publication and circulation of our e-newsletter. We use these
media to share photos of our events and to recognize our partners. We also have taken initial
steps to determine the feasibility of adapting the IT Tool to the Food and Furniture ministries,
whose needs are very different from those of the Family Emergency Assistance ministry.
For FY2015 we have initiated a new process to strengthen our strategic planning. We conducted
a survey of our committee and board members and our partners, with a view to determining the
perceived needs and strengths of the organization. From there, we hope to develop priorities
and a method for achieving our goals that more fully engage our membership.
ACCA’s Service Area
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
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Because you cared, ACCA was able to provide:
 Safe and affordable child care and early education for 260 children from low-income families.
 Speech and occupational therapy for 125 children as well as developmental, dental, hearing
and vision screenings to all children enrolled in the Child Development Center (CDC).
 Gas for the car of a homeless mother of three children so that she could go to a job interview.
 Rental assistance to prevent the eviction of a family of four whose mother had recently passed
 Payment of rent for a single man who lost his toes due to a work accident and was unable to
work for an extended period of time.
 Assistance with an overdue gas bill for a senior who was unable to pay her monthly utility bill
because of the extended winter season.
 Payment of a month’s rent so a client could afford a service dog.
 Past due storage fees for a homeless woman to prevent the auctioning off of her personal
 A work uniform and shoes for a homeless single woman who got a job.
 Dental care for a senior with limited income who needed both upper and lower partials.
 Reconnection of utility services for a family of seven whose father’s hours were temporarily
 Delivery of nutritious food including canned goods, fresh produce and hygiene essentials such
as soap, toilet tissue and diapers to dozens of families each month.
 Basic furniture, bedding and linens for refugees and families moving from shelters into empty
These are just a few examples of how funds donated to ACCA were used to provide assistance
not available from the government and other sources. Because ACCA’s Human Services
Ministries are operated entirely by volunteers, more than 95% of expenditures for these
ministries went directly to helping our neighbors in need.
Thank you for helping ACCA change lives!
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)
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Our Year
During its 47th year, ACCA continued to face challenges created by economic conditions and a
prolonged cold winter to meet the needs of our vulnerable neighbors.
The ACCA Child Development Center provided quality child care and early education for 260
infants and children as well as diagnostic and follow-up services.
Family Emergency Assistance served 1,502 individuals in 535 households with $276,062 in
assistance for rent, utility bills, prescriptions, medical/dental care and other needs.
Food Pantry volunteers collected, bought, and delivered food and other necessities for 3,815
persons, up from 2,714 people the previous year. The Pantry benefitted from food drives
conducted by the Letter Carriers, Boy Scouts, and Day to Serve volunteers, among others.
Furniture teams made 341 pick-ups of gently used or surplus furniture for delivery to 321
households, serving 1,229 grateful men, women and children.
The Transportation ministry’s drivers from 11 churches plus substitute drivers provided 186
rides for 88 individuals to and from medical appointments.
Meals On Wheels volunteers delivered two meals each day to shut-ins on weekdays, weekends
and holidays for a total of 9,220 meals in 4,610 deliveries.
Celebrating our 25th year of partnership with Rebuilding Together, more than 70 volunteers of
all ages from nine ACCA churches renovated and upgraded the homes of two local residents,
allowing them to live more safely and comfortably.
The CROP Hunger Walk raised $20,249 in donations for Church World Service, which returned
$5,062 to ACCA for our emergency assistance programs.
Ruffing Scholarships of $4,000 per year for college education were provided to four students
with disabilities. The Making A Difference Award for volunteer service, which included a $500
check, was presented to a graduating senior at Annandale High School.
ACCA continued to participate in Fairfax County initiatives such as prevention of hypothermia,
ending homelessness, emergency preparedness and encouraging interfaith dialogue.
Communications flowed to member churches, community partners and individuals through our
website, print and electronic newsletters, our annual report and brochure, service brochures in
English and Spanish, Facebook, Volunteer Fairfax, and the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
In FY2014, ACCA was supported by 700+ volunteers and by monetary and in-kind contributions
from member churches, individuals, and community benefactors. Other funding came from
county, state and federal sources for aid to low-income households and support for early
childhood education.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
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Child Development Center
Cathlene Williams, Board Chair, [email protected]
Mission: To provide affordable high-quality early education and developmentally appropriate
care for children ages 3 months to 5 years, in a safe, healthy and diverse environment.
Since 1967, the ACCA Child Development Center has grown from a small operation to one
licensed for 230 children, from infants to preschoolers. The Center has received four stars under
the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, which measures the quality of early education programs
throughout the state. It is the only center in Annandale with such a rating.
In FY2014, the Center continued to strengthen organizationally, improved parental involvement,
enriched its curriculum, enhanced professional development
opportunities for staff members, and kept expenditures in
check without diminishing the quality of care. It also increased
its visibility on social media.
The Center served 260 children, compared to 288 in FY2013.
The demographic profile of families was: 79% White, 15%
African American, and 5% Asian; 85% of the children and
families were of Latino origin. The average yearly income of
parents was $29,970.
During FY2014, the Center provided special needs services to
125 children. A speech pathologist conducted 395 sessions for
97 children and an occupational therapist provided 91 sessions
for 40 children. Developmental, dental, hearing, and vision
screenings were administered to all preschool children. Parent
consultations for 34 children also occurred.
The ACCA Child Development Center
earned a 4-Star rating from the
Virginia Star Quality Initiative.
Recognizing that parents are the first and most important influence in a child’s life and
education, the Center promoted greater and continued parental involvement. Families
participated in several bilingual (e.g., Spanish/English) orientation sessions, special meetings and
community events such as Family Day, an Open House and the Preschool Graduation Ceremony.
On average, each community event attracted more than 200 participants.
The Center, in conjunction with the Federal Leadership Institute, continued to implement the
Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth, which promotes positive
communication, family bonding and joint problem-solving skills.
In FY2014, the Center provided 97 hours of professional development to its staff. As a highlight,
2 staff members renewed their Child Development Associate certificates, 9 obtained their Child
Development Associate Certificates for the first time and 10 other teachers continued to work
toward their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)
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To improve and maintain the quality of care and education provided, the Center used
assessment tools and obtained high scores in CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System),
ITERS (Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale) and ECERS (Early Childhood Environmental
Rating Scale). These tools helped the Center enhance the implementation of curriculum,
professional development practices and guided changes made to classroom and outdoor
environments. As a result, the Center started the process of obtaining National Association for
the Education of Young Children accreditation.
In an effort to further enrich the curriculum, the Center started to lay the foundation for a
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative that will be implemented with
preschoolers to enhance their school readiness and to close a growing technological gap. This
initiative will also augment the computer literacy of teachers.
The Center continued to invest in its Children’s garden, where infants to preschoolers have the
opportunity to become the main cultivators. The garden has served to introduce environmental
eco-literacy and awareness; foster healthier nutritional habits; promote math, science and the
arts; and broaden language skills.
During FY2014, the Center worked collaboratively with and/or received invaluable support from
Wolf Trap, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Virginia Preschool
Initiative, the Council for Professional Recognition, Zero-to-Three, Reading Is Fundamental, The
Business Bank, Kinder Kick-It, the Fairfax County Neighborhood School Readiness Team, the
Fairfax County Office for Children, Fairfax County Public Schools, George Mason University,
Marymount University, Stratford University, Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax
County Ready to Read, Fairfax Futures, ECDE Consulting, Annandale Chamber of Commerce,
Century 21, National Association for Child Care and Referral Agencies, School Readiness
Consulting, Federal Leadership Institute, Volunteer Fairfax, Cox Communications, PayPal and CBeyond.
In FY2014, the Center generated $2,879,632 in revenue from the following sources:
 56% from government tuition subsidies
 19% from parent tuition payments
 18% from in-kind support
 7% from grants
In addition, the Center received a transfer from ACCA Human Services of $162,000.
During FY2014, the Center had expenditures of $2,849,804 that were allocated as follows:
 64% for human resources costs
 18% for in-kind expenses
 10% for food service and supplies
 3% for professional fees and insurance
 2% for the Virginia Preschool Initiative
 2% for rent, maintenance and custodial services
 1% for depreciation
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
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Family Emergency Assistance
Marie Markey, Committee Chair, [email protected]
The Family Emergency Assistance (FEA) ministry helps families and individuals facing financial
crises. In FY2014, ACCA provided immediate aid to 535 households (1,502 men, women and
children) for rent or security deposits, utilities, prescription drugs, dental care, medical or dental
needs and miscellaneous purposes.
Most requests were for rent to avoid eviction or to move out of shelters. Low-income families
often must spend up to two-thirds of their income on rent because of the shortage of affordable
housing in our area. They are frequently in danger of losing their housing when faced with
unemployment, reductions in work hours, injury or illness.
ACCA has 16 volunteer “money captains” on duty for a week at a
time who receive referrals for assistance from Fairfax County social
workers, member churches, schools, our Child Development Center
and social service agencies. Considering the facts of each case, the
money captains determine client eligibility and then send electronic
requests to the ACCA Treasurer, who sends checks directly to the
providers of goods and services. Since 2011, this process has been
simplified and made more efficient by the use of email and the webbased IT Tool developed by ACCA volunteers. Amounts pledged
usually fall within ACCA guidelines based on household size and the
purpose of the aid, except in emergencies such as preventing an
eviction or utility shut-off or securing essential medications. In other
cases, ACCA pledges what we can afford given the resources
available, and then social workers seek the remainder from other
families often
spend up to
two-thirds of
their income on
rent because of
the shortage of
housing in our
In FY2014, grants of $47,300 grant from the Fairfax County Consolidated Funding Pool (CCFP),
$3,500 from the Emergency Food and Shelter program (EFSP), $10,000 from United Way and
$5,078 from Church World Service helped fund requests for assistance. However, most funding
for Family Emergency Assistance came from individuals, churches and community organizations.
Since the beginning of the recession in 2008, requests for increased amounts of assistance
required adoption of measures for controlling expenses by eliminating aid to most people living
outside of ACCA boundaries and by rationing assistance within ACCA boundaries. In FY2014, as
the economy started to improve and the volume of requests slightly decreased, FEA spending
restrictions were lifted and restored to prior levels to better serve our community needs. An
immediate abundance of out-of-area requests was received over two months, necessitating the
reinstitution of out-of-area restrictions except in cases of dire need. Due to a prolonged cold
winter, a reduction in requests normally experienced in March or April did not occur until June.
Additional funds totaling one-month's expenses from reserves were required to cover this
extended winter request season. In spite of these measures, the total distributed in FY2014 for
Family Emergency Assistance was $276,062—an average of $516 per household.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)
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Expenditures for Family Emergency Assistance in FY2014 were:
 $ 222,578 for rent/security deposits (including $3,500 from EFSP)
47,124 for utility bills (electricity, gas, water)
5,143 for prescription drugs, dental care and other medical needs
1,218 for miscellaneous expenses such as gasoline, bus fares or funerals
Our donors and volunteers changed lives by providing immediate help and hope to our most
vulnerable neighbors. Each year, new money captains are needed for this critical ministry as our
volunteers retire, move away or pass on.
Food Programs: Pantry
Jean Rackowski, Committee Chair, henry. [email protected]
ACCA's nutrition/hygiene ministry provides nutritious food and other essentials for healthy living
to needy families and individuals in our community. In FY2014, deliveries were made to 1,131
households that included 3,815 men, women and children. This represented a 40 percent
increase in the number of households served compared to FY2013.
The Pantry supplies fresh, frozen, dry and canned goods as well as
toilet paper, dish and laundry detergent, bars of soap, toothpaste
and diapers for both children and adults. Referrals come from social
workers, schools, Homestretch, the Hispanic Committee of Virginia,
ACCA churches, other organizations and concerned neighbors. We
also provide food in lieu of financial support so families can use their
limited funds to avoid eviction or cut-off of utilities.
Most of the non-perishable food is obtained through food drives.
Two major drives are conducted by the National Association of
Letter Carriers in May and the Boy Scouts in November. This year we
also had additional drives by ACCA member churches, individuals,
schools, businesses and community organizations, all of which
helped to meet the increased need for assistance. The estimated
value of these donations exceeded $117,000.
Food Pantry volunteer Susan
Gates restocks the shelves
following a food drive. In FY
2014, the Pantry served 40%
more families than in the
previous year.
Several churches and individuals started community gardens and
have donated their excess produce to the Pantry. As a result,
families receive extra fresh vegetables in their delivery. The program
also receives dedicated cash donations from churches, businesses and individuals, which are
used to buy nutritious, perishable food and other items that are not donated in the quantities
needed such as diapers, toilet paper and detergent.
Expenditures for the Pantry in FY2014 were approximately $40,000. A grant of $30,000 for
Nutrition/Hygiene was received from the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool.
The Pantry normally maintains enough inventory to serve 15 to 25 families each week. A family
may receive several deliveries to help them become self-sufficient. Sometimes deliveries from
the Pantry are offered instead of some portion of financial assistance. There are guidelines for
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types and quantities of food to be delivered to different sizes of households. We also attempt to
accommodate special diets and ethnic preferences.
We maintain approximately 100 volunteers at all times. They work as food captains who receive
referrals by email or phone and contact volunteers to make deliveries, food buyers, those who
transport donated food from the churches, and those who maintain the Pantry and administer
the program. Our volunteers include many students earning community service hours for their
schools or churches.
We continue to modify our program to reach as many needy individuals as possible. For
example, we have provided food for distribution at Bailey’s Elementary School, Bailey’s Shelter
and other food banks as our supplies allow.
Food Programs: Meals On Wheels
Cheri White, ACCA Coordinator for MOW of Annandale, [email protected] com
Mary Lee Di Spirito, ACCA Liaison to MOW of Eastern Fairfax, [email protected]
Annandale Meals on Wheels (MOW) delivers two nutritious meals (hot and cold) to elderly,
convalescing and disabled homebound adults each weekday. ACCA provides the leadership and
volunteer drivers for the Annandale program. Clients are screened and referred by the Fairfax
County Area Agency on Aging, and logistical support is provided by Meals On Wheels of Eastern
Food for the Annandale MOW is provided by Jeffery’s Catering and is delivered to the MOW
office. The volunteer drivers distribute the individual meals out of the MOW office space
donated by ACCA member United Baptist Church. A recent survey indicates that clients are very
happy with the quality of food, which meets at least two-thirds of the requirements for
recommended dietary allowances for adults. The three routes operating during FY2014 served
an average of 22 clients per day (serving 50 individuals throughout the year), for a total of 9,220
meals in 4,610 deliveries. In addition, through MOW of Eastern Fairfax, 30 Thanksgiving and
Christmas meals were delivered to Annandale MOW clients.
Central Fairfax Services (CFS), a nonprofit program supporting intellectually disabled adults, is
responsible for one route at Annandale MOW. CFS clients, assisted by an aide, make the
deliveries, providing developmental training to those clients.
Food Programs: CROP Hunger Walk
Camille Mittelholtz, CROP Walk Coordinator, [email protected]
The Annandale CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored by ACCA to raise funds for Church World Service
(CWS) and for our own programs. CWS is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations
and communions working to eradicate hunger and poverty. “CROP” refers to Communities
Responding to Overcome Poverty. There are more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks across the
United States each year.
CWS works with Christian organizations in over 80 countries to help communities recover after
natural disasters, assist refugees, supply food for people affected by drought, and support local
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sustainable development projects that help people improve their lives. In the United States,
CWS helps communities respond to disasters, assists with refugee resettlement, and works with
some 2,200 local food pantries and poverty-fighting organizations. Since Annandale’s first CROP
Walk in 1979, ACCA has raised more than $477,000 for Church World Service.
The 2013 Annandale CROP Hunger Walk held on October 19 at Lake Accotink Park raised
$20,249 in donations for Church World Service. Of this, ACCA received about $5,062 for our
programs to fight hunger and poverty. Thirteen ACCA churches participated in the 2013 Walk
through walkers, volunteers and/or donations from members. About 85 walkers and volunteers
participated. ACCA also sponsored a CROP Hunger Walk Poster Contest to help our youth learn
about hunger and about the Walk.
Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova and Supervisors Penny Gross and John Cook joined
the opening ceremonies at the October 2013 Annandale CROP Walk. In their remarks, the
Supervisors talked about how hunger continues to be a problem in Fairfax County. They thanked
the walkers for taking action to fight hunger and poverty, and noted the importance of ACCA’s
partnership with the Fairfax County government.
Most of the need for CROP Walk volunteers is in the fall. The recruiters at each church publicize
the Walk, sign up walkers and sponsors, enlist volunteers and donations of snacks, and manage
the envelopes and donation collections. Other volunteer needs include a coordinator for Walk
arrangements, a treasurer and helpers for the day of the Walk. The 2014 CROP Walk is
scheduled for October 18 at Lake Accotink Park.
Don and Mary Lee Di Spirito, Chair and Communications Coordinator, [email protected]
For the past fifteen years, the ACCA furniture ministry has been
making an immediate impact on the quality of the home lives of
the more than 19,000 clients it has served. During FY2014, we
delivered 1,626 furniture items to 1,229 persons in 321 needy
households. We also completed 341 pickups of donated furniture
for a total of 662 furniture actions over a period of 40 weeks. This
work was accomplished by a record 208 volunteers, who provided
4,357 hours of volunteer labor.
When you walk
into some of these
places, it is very
humbling. These
people have
nothing. They are
literally sleeping
on concrete. –
Furniture Volunteer
In FY2014, we:
 Continued our partnership with the KEYS Foundation for the
Homeless, which serves as a clearing house for donated
furniture items that yielded an abundance of quality furniture;
continued partnership with M. Quinn Designs, which provides a
service for senior relocations and donated furniture to ACCA in the process; and worked with
a national demolition firm that provided truckloads of fine furniture from a residence hotel in
DC that it was clearing. We also continued collaboration with the Committee for Helping
Others (CHO) in Vienna.
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 Received continued County support of rental storage space and access to a vacant
supermarket space in a local shopping center made possible by Carol Zack Ruess, manager of
the Annandale Shopping Center. This has enabled us to accommodate large donations of
furniture from our partners.
 Completed a seventh annual outerwear clothing drive to aid day laborers who brave the cold,
Shelter residents, and children in the ACCA Child Development Center. We completed two
drives during the winter, with the second drive alone collecting 70 huge bags of outerwear
Strengthened and expanded our partnership with the Fairfax County Neighborhood and
Community Services Department (NCS) that provides the vetting as well as other help for
our clients.
Our continued struggles and strategies for FY2014 included:
 Dealing with truck repairs for our four aging, donated trucks, which range from 12 to 27-yearsold.
 Established teams to provide the work required to sustain our furniture ministry, including a
mid-week team that pre-arranges the furniture needed for the Saturday deliveries; a team to
oversee up-keep and fueling of trucks; a team that services our linen closet, bundling the
many bed-related donations received; and an interim team to handle recycling runs.
 Continued networking arrangements with other furniture operations, enabling the sharing of
supplies and maintaining a mix of most-needed furniture, including: SHARE in McLean, Falls
Church Community Service Council, Inc. (FCS), and Pender United Methodist in Fairfax.
 Strengthened and expanded partnerships needed to sustain regular operations and meet new
operational challenges with the Annandale Rotary Club, which supplies the fuel for our diesel
trucks, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and local schools.
Madeline Crytzer, Committee Chair, [email protected]
Ray Hanlein, Scheduling Coordinator, [email protected]
Many in our community are unable to keep medical appointments because they cannot drive or
use public transportation. Some people face these problems only when they become ill or need
a check-up. Others have a continuing need for rides to appointments such as physical or mental
health therapy, cancer treatment sessions or dialysis.
Volunteer drivers from 11 ACCA member churches provided transportation assistance in
FY2014, with help from additional individuals who serve as substitute drivers when a church
needed additional volunteers. Several clients used the service more than once (e. g., for
chemotherapy or dialysis) for a total of 186 client transports.
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Participating Churches
Lincolnia United Methodist
Annandale United Methodist
Holy Spirit Catholic
St. Alban’s Episcopal
John Calvin Presbyterian
Queen of Apostles Catholic
Ravensworth Baptist
St. Michael’s Catholic
Culmore United Methodist
St. Barnabas’ Episcopal
Church of Jesus Christ, LDS
During FY2014, the Transportation program collaborated with the Fairfax County Human
Services and Health Departments, Evergreen House, Lincolnia Senior Center, and the Hispanic
Committee of Virginia in responding to requests for service, especially for the elderly.
This year we automated the process to improve communications among the drivers and
coordinators, eliminating the need for the infamous “black bag!” The Transportation Committee
seeks additional churches to join this ministry as well as individuals who are willing to drive as
substitutes when scheduled churches are short of volunteers.
Housing Repair
Marie Monsen, Rebuilding Together Chair, [email protected]
On April 26, 2014, more than 70 volunteers from nine
churches, United Bank and John Harley Associates joined
together to repair two homes in Falls Church. Workers
came from Annandale and Lincolnia United Methodist,
Holy Spirit and Queen of Apostles Catholic, John Calvin and
Providence Presbyterian, Latter-Day Saints, Ravensworth
Baptist and St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Churches. The work
was directed by experienced house captains Ken
Mittelholtz, Frank Spink, John Clarke, Brad Moffett and Jim
Volunteers completed major outside tasks including deck
House Captains Ken Mittelholtz and
and stair repair, gutter and downspout replacement,
John Clarke. More than 70 volunteers
mowing and yard work. They replaced the roof and
from nine ACCA churches repaired two
painted a shed, repaired windows and painted trim. They
homes in FY2014.
also hauled away a great deal of yard trash. Inside,
volunteers painted a kitchen, repaired toilets, installed several electrical outlets and smoke
alarms and completed a number of minor repairs. At the end of the day, the big smiles on the
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faces of both homeowners told us how much they appreciated our help. As always, the
volunteers felt blessed knowing God’s grace was flowing through us to those we were helping.
The year 2014 marked the 25th year that ACCA volunteers, in partnership with Rebuilding
Together (RT), have provided home repair assistance to low-income homeowners, primarily
seniors, persons with disabilities and families with children. RT is the largest volunteer home
repair program in the United States. Our common goal is to provide a safe, accessible and
healthy environment for those we serve.
Volunteers range from 16 to 80 and bring a variety of skills and skill levels to perform tasks
ranging from carpentry, painting, plumbing and yard work to providing sandwiches, snacks and
beverages. The work is organized and directed by house captains who contribute their expertise
and countless hours to ensure that the work is done well and on time. Staff from the RT
Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church affiliate inspect the houses, work with the homeowners, make
house assignments and provide insurance for the volunteers. Funds for the work are provided
by the churches involved and some individuals.
RT Executive Director Patricia Klein presented ACCA a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition
of our 25-year partnership. Over the years, ACCA volunteers have contributed over 44,000
volunteer hours and raised more than $187,000 to repair 115 houses and group homes, thereby
enabling hundreds of people to remain in their homes and to live independently.
ACCA supporters are urged to be on the lookout for homeowners who might benefit from our
help in the future. Those with annual income less than $30,000, especially seniors, may qualify.
Other ways in which ACCA addresses the needs for housing and temporary shelter are:
 Providing volunteer support to Shelter House and Bailey’s Shelter
 Assisting families in crisis with money for rent and utility bills
 Providing security deposits, food and furniture for families leaving shelters
 Serving on task forces in support of Fairfax County’s initiative to end homelessness
 Participating in Faith Communities in Action to promote co-ordination of initiatives
 Encouraging churches to participate in the County’s Hypothermia Prevention program
For more information on how to become involved in Rebuilding Together, contact Marie
The Emily and Fred Ruffing Scholarships
Ann Marie Hicks, Committee Chair, [email protected]
Since 1979, ACCA has awarded four-year college scholarships, currently $4000 per year, to high
school seniors who have overcome disabilities to succeed in school and life. Financial need is
also a strong consideration. Awards are made as a tribute to Emily and Fred Ruffing, leaders of
the lay group who founded ACCA. Fred Ruffing was developing a program for the deaf at his
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) workplace when he died of a biking accident. Emily (a
volunteer for ACCA since 1967 and first chair of the Family Emergency Committee) served for 33
years as Coordinator of Students Services at the ACCA Child Development Center, where she
provided support for children and families with special needs.
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The scholarship program was inspired by the Ruffings’ dedication to assisting persons with
disabilities as well as their roles in founding ACCA. It honors students who have overcome
special challenges and lends support for achieving their goals. The Ruffing scholarships also
afford ACCA an opportunity to provide these students with two outstanding models of Christian
life in action.
As of June 2014, ACCA has awarded $254,450 to 40 students. The recipients for the 2014/2015
academic year are:
 Afomeya McKonnen, Gallaudet University (Pharmacology Major)
 Genesis Andia, George Mason University (Psychology Major)
 Raymond Phung, George Mason University
 Darling Perez, George Mason University
Ruffing Scholarships are supported by designated donations to ACCA, supplemented from the
General Fund. Scholarship applications are solicited through outreach to member churches,
ACCA website information, newsletter articles and grant proposals.
Pat Donahue, Chair, Development Committee,
[email protected]
For more than a decade, ACCA has sought funding
from government and other sources because
economic conditions and demographic changes
have lessened the ability of our member churches
to meet the growing needs of our neighbors.
Committee members and others identified
prospects for funding, prepared funding proposals
and submitted grant reports. ACCA also testified
and advocated about growing needs to regional
funders and elected officials. In addition, the
Development Committee organized ACCA’s annual
Challenge Grant and workplace-giving campaigns as
well as the United Way-sponsored DoMore24 online
giving campaign.
United Way President Rosie Allen-Herring with
ACCA President Gail Coleman and Emergency
Family Assistance Chair Marie Markey. ACCA
received a $25,000 United Way Community
Impact Grant for calendar year 2014.
ACCA’s Challenge Grant was especially successful. ACCA received a generous grant of $18,000
from the Washington Forrest Foundation and another $21,000 from anonymous donors to form
the foundation of our challenge. Our goal was to raise $3 for every dollar committed. In fact, we
substantially exceeded our goal. We received additional donations of $128,472, for a total of
During FY2014, ACCA received grants and donations from the public and private sectors,
including both individuals and business and community organizations. Please see our list of
business and organization donors at the end of this Report.
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Public Sector Funders
Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP)
Fairfax County QAP
Virginia Pre-School Initiative
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
$ Amount Purpose
Basic Needs
Furniture Storage
Private Sector Funders
Individual Donors
Church Contributions
Business & Other Organization Support
$162,465 Various Programs
156,120 Various Programs
89,968 Various Programs
In addition to these financial awards, ACCA has been fortunate to receive over $600,000 in
donations of goods and services from individual, public and private sector donors, as well as
countless hours of volunteer labor.
In collaboration with the Communications Committee, the Development Committee has
undertaken several strategies to improve its fundraising. For example, ACCA has joined the
Amazon Smile campaign, which donates 0. 5% of designated customer purchases to ACCA. In
addition, we created a slideshow for the United Way DoMore24 campaign, which we will be
able to use in future campaigns.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy continues to list ACCA as “One of the Best” small non-profits in
the DC Area, serving to encourage Greater Washington area residents to contribute to ACCA.
Martha Romans, Chair, Communications Committee, [email protected]
ACCA communicates with member churches, partners, volunteers and supporters through its
monthly e-newsletter, print newsletter, annual report and report brochure, social media, and
the ACCA website. Over the past year, there has been increased attention to coordinating these
efforts with those of the ACCA Child Development Center staff.
In FY2014, the ACCA e-newsletter was published monthly, with a combined July/August issue.
Distribution increased by 9%, from 540 to 590. The e-newsletter features updates from the
various ACCA ministries, announcements plus photos of ACCA-coordinated events such as the
Pastors and Partners Luncheon, CROP Walk, winter coat distribution, Rebuilding Together, and
presentation of the Ruffing Scholarships. ACCA member churches are invited to share the
newsletter via their websites or other email communications. Constant Contact recognized the
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newsletter editor, Martha Romans, for the newsletter’s consistently high open rate, click
through rate, and low bounce rate.
ACCA continued to build its presence on social media, using Facebook to share photos of ACCArelated events as well as to recognize its partners and donors, such as the United Way of the
National Capital Area, Rebuilding Together and the Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary
Clubs. As of July, 142 people were following the ACCA Facebook page. We also created an ACCA
YouTube channel to host videos about ACCA.
In June 2014, ACCA participated in DoMore24, the second annual online fundraiser coordinated
by the United Way. The Communications and Development Committees and the CDC staff
worked together to develop a video slide show about the ACCA ministries in English and Spanish
and to promote the campaign through the ACCA website, direct emails and the ACCA and CDC
Facebook pages.
ACCA published three issues of its print newsletter in FY2014, printing and distributing 4,000
copies. This newsletter is distributed through member churches and serves those who do not
use online communication. Other print publications included our Annual Report and related
brochure. These are also available on the ACCA website.
Volunteers are needed to take pictures at ACCA-related events, write articles and monitor our
social media. Contact Martha Romans for more information.
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Finance Committee Report
Norman Hicks, Committee Chair, [email protected]
The Finance Committee met four times during FY2014, reviewing financial results and guiding the
work of the auditors. The audit for 2013 found no deficiencies in ACCA’s accounts. However, the
auditor’s review of management procedures suggested a number of areas in which management
controls could be improved. In response to this, the Board approved a statement on improved
financial policies that was prepared by the Committee. For the Human Services Ministries ACCA
has agreed to: increase the number of signatories on large checks, review bank reconciliations
monthly, tighten procedures related to family emergency expenditures, improve the valuation of
in-kind donations, and improve controls on wire transfers and account write-offs. For the CDC,
ACCA has agreed that steps will be taken to improve record keeping and billing procedures, and to
update inventory valuation and human resources files.
In April, the Committee discussed and approved steps to increase the budget for Family
Emergency expenditures, given increased demand for rent and other payments. At the
Committee’s suggestion, the Board approved an increase of up to $20,000 in the budget. In fact,
only about $5,000 of this increase was actually needed. An initial meeting with the auditors on
the work program for the FY2014 audit was held in June 2014.
ACCA Human Services Inc. Financial Reports
Homer Christensen, Treasurer, ACCA, Inc., [email protected]
ACCA Human Services Ministries Statement of Financial Position
As of June 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
Other Current Assets
Fixed Assets
Other Assets
Current Liabilities
Unrestricted Net Assets
Net of Operations
Board Designated - Legacy Fund
Temporarily restrict net asset
Total Equity
ACCA Human Services Ministries Statement of Revenue and Expenditures
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For the year ended June 30, 2014
Jul 2013 - Jun
Receipts & Revenues
Church Contributions
Individual Contributions
Organization & Business Support
Grants- Organization & Business
Grants- Fairfax County
Grants- Federal
In-Kind Support
Investment Income
Total Receipts & Revenues
Family Emergency Ministries Exp
Nutrition/Hygiene Ministries Ex
Furniture Ministries Exp
Ruffing Scholarship
Making a Difference Award
Housing (Rebuilding Together)
Depreciation -Program services
Total Expenditures · ACCA Ministries
Management and General
Total Expenditures
Released from restriction
ACCA CDC Shared Program Support
Net of Operations
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ACCA Child Development Center Financial Reports
Cathleen Williams, CDC Board Chair, [email protected]
Maria-Isabel Ballivian, CDC Executive Director, [email protected]
ACCA Child Development Center Statement of Financial Position
As of June 30, 2014
Cash and cash equivalents
Other Current Assets
Property & Equipment, NET
Total Assets
Current Liabilities
Unrestricted Net Assets - Beginning of Year
Adjusted Net of operations
Unrestricted Net Assets -End of Year
Temporarily restricted
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
ACCA Child Development Center Statement of Revenue and Expenditures
For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014
Child Care Subsidies
Parent Fees
Public Support
Grants for Public and Private
In Kind Support
Other Revenue
Total Revenue
Program Services
Management and General
Total Expenditures
Net of operations
Transfers from HSM
Adjusted Net of operations
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ACCA Supporters and Partners
Our Donors
ACCA, Inc. received cash and in-kind support from individuals, churches, businesses, community
organizations and foundations. We are profoundly grateful to all who have so generously
supported our efforts to “do what Jesus would do.”
More than 520 individual donors
ACCA member churches
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1976
Annandale Lions Club
Annandale Rentals
Annandale Rotary Foundation
Annandale Shopping Center
Associations, Inc.
Bailey’s Cross Roads Host Lions Club
Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club
Cavich Creative LLC
Casey 4522 Foundation, Knights
of Columbus
Continental Refrigerator
Century 21
Church World Service
Education Inc.
EDCD Consulting
Elks Auxiliary Arlington-Fairfax
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Evergreen Title Company
Fairfax County Consolidated Funding Pool
Frank and Janina Petschek Foundation
Gannett Foundation
Giant Food Annandale
George Washington University
Goodwin House Foundation
Government Services Corp.
Greater Annandale Recreation Center
Harris Teeter
International Dance LLC
KEYS for the Homeless Foundation
Kinder Kick-It
Koweelczky, Inc.
Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club
Lerner Corporation
LT Services, Inc.
M. Quinn Designs
Meals on Wheels of Eastern Fairfax
National Active & Retired Federal Employees
National Demolition and Environmental, Inc.
Northern Virginia Ethical Society
Philip L. Graham Foundation
Reading is Fundamental
Red Hat Hotties of Annandale-Springfield
Reptiles Alive
Stratford University
The Business Bank
Thorson Foundation
Thrivent Financial, Alexandria Chapter
United Way of the National Capital Area
Community Impact Fund
Virginia Preschool Initiative
Washington Forrest Foundation
Wolf Trap
Woodburn Associates, Inc.
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Our Partners
ACCA, Inc. partnered with other organizations that supported our mission, including
Alliance for Human Services
America's Charities
Annandale Chamber of Commerce
Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter
Boy Scouts of America
Catalogue for Philanthropy
Combined Federal Campaign
Coordinated Service Planning
Council for Professional Recognition
Cox Communication
Culmore Partnership and Family Resource Center
Fairfax County Neighborhood School Readiness Team
Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
Fairfax County Office for Children
Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness
Fairfax County Police – Franconia Station
Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County Ready to Read
Fairfax Futures
Faith Communities in Action
Federal Leadership Institute
Frontier Landscaping
John Harley Associates
George Mason University
Giant Food Loehmann’s Plaza
Lockheed Martin
Marymount University
National Association for Child Care and Referral Agencies
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Letter Carriers
Northern Virginia Community College
Parliament Apartments
Rebuilding Together of Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church
Sambos Caporales
Safeway Annandale and Springfield
School Readiness Counseling
Shoppers Food Warehouse Landmark
United Bank
United Way of the National Capital Area
Volunteer Fairfax
Zero to Three
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Opportunities for Service
Join our work! If you would like to serve our community, please consider sharing your time and talents:
Child Development Center
 Assist teachers in the preschool or infant center
 Donate a tuition scholarship (which may be paid in monthly installments)
 Make cot sheets and/or coverlets for children to use at nap time
 Launder cot sheets over the weekend (once or twice a year)
Family Emergency Assistance
 Serve as “money captain” to take referrals and arrange for financial assistance (1 week every 3
Food Pantry
Serve as "food captain” to take referrals and arrange for deliveries (1 week every 3 months)*
 Deliver food from the Pantry to needy clients (as often as you agree to)
 Deliver food from an ACCA member church to the Pantry
 Organize food collection from members of your church or another organization
 Help to organize the Pantry
 Shop for bulk items (probably requires a truck or van)
 Pick up and deliver furniture on Saturday mornings or weekdays (4 to 6 times per year)
 Assist with administration and phone calls
 Donate and solicit gently used furniture, sewing machines, vacuums, and bikes
 Interpret for clients whose English is limited
 Drive sick or needy people to medical or therapy appointments (once every 3-4 months)
 Coordinate a group of volunteer drivers from your church
Meals On Wheels
 Deliver prepared meals to the homes of shut-ins and the elderly
 Serve from home or office as a route or back-up coordinator (requires a computer)
Other Support
 Serve as the Organizational Representative (OR) to ACCA for your church
 Take pictures, write articles and post on social media about ACCA activities.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I would like to help ACCA by
I need more information about
Return to ACCA at 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
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ACCA Member Churches
ACCA, Inc. 2014 Officers
Annandale United Methodist Church
Braddock Baptist Church
Calvary Church of the Nazarene
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints,
(Annandale Ward)
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints,
(Little River Ward)
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
Culmore United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church, Annandale
Friendship United Methodist Church
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Hope Lutheran Church
John Calvin Presbyterian Church
Lincolnia United Methodist Church
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
Peace Lutheran Church
Providence Presbyterian Church
Queen of Apostles Catholic Church
Ravensworth Baptist Church
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
United Baptist Church
Warner Baptist Church
President: Gail V. Coleman
Vice President: Neal Mohlmann
Recording Secretary: Joy Savage
Treasurer: Homer Christensen
Asst. Treasurer: Linda Budhinata
Corresponding Secretary: Sue Meekins
Asst. Corresponding Secretary: Stella Godbolt
Child Development Center FY2014 Officers
Board Chair: Cathlene Williams
Board Secretary: Chuck Woods
Director: Maria-Isabel Ballivian
Annandale Christian Community for Action
7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003
Telephone: (703) 256-0100
E-mail: [email protected]
For service referrals, call Fairfax County Human Services at 703-222-0880 or your ACCA member
church office.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)