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Serving Thousands of Needy Alexandrians Each Year

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ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congregations and the community working together to help those in need in Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community.

ALIVE! serves thousands of Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares.

Step ALIVE flyer Save May 4 for the Step ALIVE! Walkathon The 33nd annual Step ALIVE! Walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, to raise funds for ALIVE!’s Child Development Center (CDC), a full-day preschool program serving children of low-income working parents, with a sliding fee scale for tuition. This 5k or 5-mile (walker’s choice) stroll kicks off at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2723 King Street, Alexandria, and ends at the same place. Join us afterward for a picnic featuring prizes and music by the Taste of Bluegrass band and Sixteenth Tabernacle A Cappella.

Register in advance or at the event on May 4 or call 703-837-9321 for a registration form. Each registrant receives a specially designed T-shirt. The fee for walkers ages 19 to 70 is $20, 12 to 18 and over 70 pay $5, and persons under 12 are admitted free. If you are unable to participate, there is a special rate of $25 for “virtual walkers.” On-site registration and T-shirt distribution will start at 1:15 p.m. For more fun (and more money for the CDC), form a team of family and friends or solicit sponsors to pledge support for your walk.

Join us May 17 for the ALIVE! House Sidewalk Sale On May 17, the neighbors of ALIVE! House will join with the ALIVE! community to hold a multi-block sidewalk sale centered on the 100 block of South Payne Street and including the landmark Ice House. It is time to look in your attic, basement, and around the house for items that are no longer in use. They can be turned into support for the families of at-risk women and their children that ALIVE! House serves. Put them aside now: starting Saturday, April 5th, and every Saturday following, you can bring your items to the Ice House, at the corner of South Payne Street & Commerce Street, from 10 am-4 pm. Pick-up service will run from Saturday, May 3rd, to Wednesday, May 14th.

We are pleased to announce that the Beverley Hills Garden Club will support our efforts by selling plants at the sidewalk sale in perfect timing for your spring planting needs.

An additional opportunity to donate! If you have an item that is too upscale or valuable for a sidewalk sale, we have made arrangements with a local eBay auction facilitator to handle the sale of these items. If you have questions or would like to schedule a pick-up for the sidewalk sale or the eBay opportunity, call Kevin at 703-549-7039.

ALIVE! Legacy Society Learn more about the ALIVE! Legacy Society, a community of friends and supporters who have provided for ALIVE! in their wills or trusts—or who have formally expressed the intent to do so.

ALIVE! Listed in Catalogue for Philanthropy

Catalogue for Philanthropy

Catalogue for Philantropy's One of the Best

Once again, ALIVE! is honored to be listed in the 2011–12 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, which identifies and promotes "excellent, trustworthy nonprofits in Greater Washington." A panel of 110 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, and peer nonprofit organizations evaluated 270 applications and selected ALIVE! as one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year. Now in its ninth year, the Catalogue’s mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits. Learn more here.

Support ALIVE! Put your charitable contributions to work in the local community. Consider a tax-deductible, donation to ALIVE! Use your credit card to securely donate online now.

Learn More More than 700 volunteers a year help ALIVE! fulfill the mission to put faith and love into action. Of ALIVE!’s seven programs, five are staffed and managed entirely by volunteers. ALIVE! is Alexandrians helping Alexandrians.

Find out more about ALIVE! and our many volunteer opportunities and wish lists of needed items for our programs. Connect with us on facebook—post on our our wall, join in a discussion, and much more. And don't miss our new video on You Tube logo

ALIVE's Vision and Mission

  • To alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to dramatically improve the lives of those in need in the city of Alexandria.
  • Through faith and love, to help people faced with emergency situations or long-term needs become capable of assuming self-reliant roles in the community.

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)