Washington Adventist University Participates in Adventist Community Action Council to Address Community Issues

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Washington Adventist University participates in an organization that coordinates Adventist community resources and works to address issues in the Takoma Park, Md. area. The December meeting of the Adventist Community Action Council featured a conversation with County Councilmember Hans Riemer and included a report on efforts to help the needy.

Members of the Adventist Community Action Council meet with Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer (far right).

The ACAC was founded to more effectively communicate and coordinate the resources of Adventist organizations in the Takoma Park area and address key community issues.

During the December meeting of the Adventist Community Action Council (ACAC), Washington Adventist University representatives and other members of the organization participated in a conversation with Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer, an at-large member of the County Council who lives in Takoma Park. He fielded questions about transportation projects that may affect traffic in the area, and expressed interest in the group’s member organizations and activities. In addition, group members at the December meeting reported on food drives that served 800 families over the Thanksgiving holidays and discussed upcoming efforts to serve more families in need.

The ACAC was founded 12 years ago by Erwin Mack with Sligo Pastor Peter Bath and Monte Sahlin as a way to more effectively communicate and coordinate the resources of Adventist organizations in the Takoma Park area and address key community issues. Mack continues to lead the organization. In addition to Washington Adventist University, the group includes representatives from Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist Healthcare, the Columbia Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Potomac Conference Adventist Book Store, WGTS Radio, Takoma Academy, Sligo Adventist School, John Nevins Andrews School, George E. Peters School, Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The group routinely meets the second Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room of WAU’s Wilkinson Hall.

For more information about the organization, or to confirm that the location and time haven’t changed for a particular meeting, contact Erwin Mack at eandsmack(at)aol(dot)com.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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