Annandale Community Cares – Save a life, Come and Donate Blood  
There is a shortage of blood in Fairfax County! Please see details below about a pending blood drive at a partner church in ACCA:

When:  Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 10AM – 4PM

Where: The Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints: 3900 Howard St., Annandale, VA 22003

Click Here to Sign up.


Based on the top social justice interests noted in the Outreach and Advocacy survey last month, here are links for more information on organizations we are  connected to so that you can find out more about them and the kind of work they’re doing. Stay tuned for upcoming details on next steps from the Outreach and Advocacy team…thanks for your support!
  • VICPP (Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy) – State-level advocacy
  • FACS (Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions) – Fairfax County focused
  • VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) – Grassroots community organizing in Northern Virginia
  • Bread for the World – National-level advocacy against food insecurity and hunger

  • If you see someone you think might be suffering from hypothermia, call this number ASAP: 703-691-2131. 

Find out more about homelessness and hypothermia season here:

Hypothermia Prevention Program | Homelessness, Office to Prevent and End (fairfaxcounty.gov)

Read more on the history of homelessness in the United States here: Appendix B The History of Homelessness in the United States | Permanent Supportive Housing: Evaluating the Evidence for Improving Health Outcomes Among People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness | The National Academies Press (nap.edu)

  • Learnings from a Zoom conversation with staff at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter:

– Steps for everyday people: There is a tendency for people to shut down in the face of a crisis as big as that of homelessness. We can all do something! Start small – we can start in our own mind and in our own home, and that can lead us to the next level of action.

– We must change the way we talk and think about homelessness, including the language we choose to use. People are people, not a status, and homelessness is rarely a choice; therefore, avoid referring to “the homeless.”

– A tip for responding to unhoused neighbors with compassion: recognize the humanity in all people. This can mean looking people in the eye, acknowledging their presence, and recognizing all individuals as people with dignity.

Thank you for attending the conversation, and for all of your food support for neighbors in the hypothermia shelter program!


January 19, 2021 – Bailey’s update and THANK YOU!

This is no longer a request for food contributions – this is a heartfelt and warm THANK YOU to everyone who gave time, money, love, prayers, and support of the 10 days of meals in December and January for our neighbors at the Bailey’s Hypothermia shelter hosted at the Lincolnia Senior Center. Thanks to your contributions, food was home cooked, store bought, and catered. As you may know, we did something new this year by supporting two restaurants and a nonprofit through funds given specifically for the purpose of feeding neighbors at the shelter while also supporting the local economy in a hard time for small businesses/nonprofits. Those included El Pike Bolivian RestaurantHaifa Grill, and the nonprofit culinary training program serving immigrant communities, La Cocina VA. Thank you, people of Peace, for being living (and cooking) witnesses to the Gospel in our community.

 


Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)

Peace is a founding member of this 36-member ecumenical organization that helps with emergency cash, food, furniture, and other services to families living in our community.

Find out ways to help and donate at accacares.org.

Food pantry needs – please consider dropping off food to the ACCA food pantry on Columbia Pike on an upcoming Saturday. See food needs and dates here [link: Food Pantry (accacares.org)]

 

To donate by mail, send your check payable to ACCA to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Please note “COVID 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.


 

Searching for an alternative gift idea for a loved one? Please consider giving a Gift of Hope in their name to support nonprofits and community organizations doing good work. Visit www.giftsofhopedc.org for more information.


In September 2020, the Outreach and Advocacy Team invited Peace people to conversations where we will shared our work and learning over the past few months. 

  • Session 1: A video of the first session from September 20th is below. It focused on what direct service and faith-based advocacy are and the role of the church in advocacy efforts.
  • Session 2: The second session on Sunday September 27 will delve more specifically into organizations doing service and advocacy work, and offer ways of getting involved as an expression of our faith.
Contact nadia@sharingpeace.org with any questions.

 


Peace partners with LSS to provide Homework Clubs to youth and families who are new to the U.S. There is now an emergency relief fund set up to help clients, including Homework Club families. Click here to donate to the fund. Link: https://lssnca.org/get_involved/make_donation/donate.html


Food for Others: Peace partners with this organization by providing space for fresh produce to be grown. Donate time or money to this organization that helps families in our area by clicking here and signing up.


Donate blood:There is a need for life-saving blood donations right now. High schoolers may also donate (depending on age, parental consent may be required). Find an appointment time here.


Advocacy News

*From ELCA Advocacy Action Center, actions you can take at the federal level:

Take Action on the Next Coronavirus Supplemental Bill

Congress is considering a new supplemental package to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. Send a letter to your representative in Congress by clicking on the blue link above.

Take action to prevent an eviction crisis

Compounding circumstances are shaping a potential near-future eviction crisis in our communities that must be prevented. Send a letter to your Congressional representative by clicking on the blue link above.

*From Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, action you can take at the state level:

Economic Justice in Virginia – Paid Sick Days and Living Wages (virginiainterfaithcenter.org)

Now, VICPP is launching their paid sick days campaign for the 2020 Virginia General Assembly Session, while continuing their work to stop and deter wage theft. Sign VICPP’s petition. Urge Governor Northam to protect Virginia’s essential workers!


Dear church, it is widely reported and known that the Covid19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities across the United States. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated racially-driven inequities that exist in business, healthcare, education, law enforcement, and public policy. Advocacy is a way to address these inequities: “We’re involved in advocacy because it’s part of our baptism…the God who justifies then sets us free to do justice and turns us away from ourselves and towards our neighbor.”

Watch more about ELCA advocacy and please stay tuned for more details on how you can be involved in efforts to love and support our neighbors facing especially difficult times right now.


Resource Links:

ELCA Advocacy  https://www.elca.org/advocacy

Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions  https://faithforclimate.org

Alliance for Justice https://mffh.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/AFJ_what-is-advocacy.pdf

Bread for the World https://bread.org/get-involved

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy  https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/get-involved/

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE)  https://www.voice-iaf.org/

Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area https://lssnca.org/

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)  https://www.lirs.org/take-action/