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Serving Thousands of Needy Alexandrians Each Year

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ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved E cumenically) 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. Learn more in this video about ALIVE! programs:

Video by Susan Hale Thomas, a local photo journalist.

Vacancies at ALIVE!

With the upcoming retirement of our executive director this fall, ALIVE! is looking for a very special person to fill that role. Are you the one we're looking for? Learn more about this position here.

We're also looking for a new resident manager for ALIVE House, our shelter for women and families. Learn more about this position.

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

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.



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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 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)