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Serving Thousands of Needy Alexandrians Each Year

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ALIVE! (ALexandrians In Volved 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.

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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. Learn more ...

Preschool enrollment for 2017–18 is now open!

The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is accepting applications for the 2017–2018 school year. Learn more....

Another Successful StepALIVE! Walkathon

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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, ALIVE! congregations, walkers, volunteers and supporters for making the 2017 StepALIVE! Walkathon such a great success! With your generous support, $80,000 was raised this year—our most successful StepALIVE! to date! Congrats to the StepALIVE! Committee led by chair Mary Eileen Dixon.

All of the funds raised by this important event will help provide tuition assistance that puts high-quality, accredited early education and child care within reach for those who couldn't otherwise afford it.

A very special THANK YOU our Trailblazer sponsors, Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota and The McNeil Family Foundation; and to our Pacesetter sponsors, Fairlington United Methodist Men and Oliff PLC. See a complete listing of the 2017 StepALIVE! sponsors.

To view pictures of the event, follow us or visit our page on Facebook. For more information about the ALIVE! Child Development Center, email or call us at 703- 837-9321.

Turkey Trot Runners and DRBA Support ALIVE!

The 41st Annual Turkey Trot sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association again supported the work of ALIVE! by donating $5,000 to ALIVE!’s food programs while runners (below) brought donations of nonperishable food. (Read more.) Hundreds of runners at starting line begin fun run

ALIVE!’s 2nd Annual Empty Bowls a Huge Success!

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Thanks to the Alexandria community who helped to raise more than $47,000 for ALIVE!’s food programs at the Empty Bowls Alexandria event on November 12, 2016. Read more. . . .

ALIVE’s Food Warehouse Project Receives Grant from TechFoundation

The ALIVE! Food and Family Emergency Program has received a generous grant of $14,256 from TechFoundation, Inc. as part of its TechGrants Program. Read the press release.

Partnering with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department

ALIVE! regularly partners with the Alexandria’s Department to provide food, such as single servings that can be carried, to the homeless and others in need in the City of Alexandria. Here, Deputy Wright helps out a resident in January 2016.
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Diane Charles Attends White House Briefing on Childhood Hunger

ALIVE!'s Executive Director, Diane Charles, was recently invited to attend "A White House Conversation on Child Hunger in America." The program consisted to two panels discussing research evidence on child hunger in America and the role of SNAP and the practitioner and beneficiary perspectives of SNAP, hunger, children's life outcomes.

During the first panel, “Research Evidence on Child Hunger in America and the Role of SNAP,” Diane and others heard from leading economists discuss their research which provides evidence on child hunger and the broad value of SNAP. The second panel, “Practitioner and Beneficiary Perspectives on SNAP, Hunger, and Children’s Life Outcomes,” included presentations from those who are on the ground working on child hunger every day.

ALIVE’s CDC Shines in Recent NAEYC Accreditation Renewal

The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is pleased to announce it has achieved another five-year term of accreditation from NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Read the press release.

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"It Starts at Home," a Commentary

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ALIVE! Executive Director Diane Charles comments on the importance of affordable housing in the September 17, 2015, Alexandria Gazette-Packet. (Read it here or find it on page 10 of the Gazette-Packet.)

ALIVE's CDC Receives 4-Star QRIS Rating

ALIVE!'s Child Development Center (CDC) received a four-star VSQI rating for the third consecutive rating period. This rating places the CDC in the 95 thpercentile for high-quality early childhood education programs in Virginia. More impressively, the CDC is the only program in Alexandria to achieve this four-star rating three consecutive times. Read more ...

ALIVE! Selected for 2015–16 Catalogue for Philanthropy

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Recognized as "one of the best small charities in Greater Washington," ALIVE! is honored to announce its selection for the 2015–16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. This award reflects ALIVE!'s status as a highly effective local charity, serving as the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short- to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community. Read more ...

United Way Grants Awarded

ALIVE! was among ten nonprofit organizations serving the city of Alexandria that collectively were awarded $105,000 in United Way National Capital Area Community Impact grants, emphasizing education, financial stability, and health. Read more here.

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Hunger Free Alexandria

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In September 2014, ALIVE! member congregations conducted a Hunger Free Alexandria event at Fairlington Presbyterian Church to foster increased commitment to ending hunger in our city. Visit the Hunger Free websitefor more information.

Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network Food Study Report

The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria’s Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN) has released a new report, "Toward an End to Hunger in Alexandria,"commissioned by A-COAN with other Alexandria organizations.

The study examines food hardship in the city and obstacles and remedies to providing more assistance to needy residents. The study's authors looked at the emergency food assistance system in Alexandria, availability and use of government food aid programs, and private sector food assistance efforts. To learn more about the report or to get connected with the partnership, visit the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria’s websiteor email HealthierAlexandria@alexandriava.gov.

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.

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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 itemsfor 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)