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Nonmonetary Donations

Food

Nonperishable food is always welcome, and the following types of food are especially important:

  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, beef stew, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables, beans, soups, and fruits
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter (and jelly!)
  • Multiple meal staples such as rice, spaghetti, and other forms of pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Granola bars and healthy snacks for children

Please consider healthy alternatives such as low-sodium soups, tuna packed in water, no-sugar-added fruits, etc.

How Can You Donate Food?

Donations can be dropped off at the ALIVE! Warehouse / Alexandria Food Center at 801 South Payne Street anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM–12 noon. During these times, volunteers will be available to admit food donors into the warehouse, and show you where to drop off the food.

Food Drives: Food drives are wonderful and a major source of our donated food. Please contact us as soon as you are considering having a food drive—whether it is initial planning for an annual event or a new project for your organization or neighborhood. We would love to work with you early in the process so we can make sure to provide the best support possible. Please contact Charlotte Martinsson, Susan Pollock, or John Perlman.

Furniture Program

ALIVE! volunteers collect furniture donated by Alexandria city residents and deliver it to Alexandrians in need each Saturday morning. We can pick up furniture in these ZIP codes: 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22206 east of I-395, 22314, and the areas of 22311 and 22312 that are in the city of Alexandria. We cannot pick up in the "Alexandria" part of Fairfax County or elsewhere outside the city limits of Alexandria.

A list of organizations that accept other items and/or work outside the city of Alexandria appears at the end of this page.

Our clients need mattresses, beds, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers and chests of drawers, and lamps. They do not need, so we don't accept, king beds, trundle beds, armoires/hutches, entertainment centers, sleeper sofas, appliances, patio furniture, office furniture, or rugs. We expect scratches and other normal wear, but we can't accept items that need repair.

Donations: If you would like to donate furniture, email furniture@alive-inc.org and provide your name, address, phone number(s), and a list of the needed items (see above) you would like to donate. Donation offers are not taken by phone.

Please take these considerations into account:

  • The furniture program is managed by volunteers. We strive for prompt response, but it may be several days before we contact you.
  • We have no warehouse, and our capacity each Saturday is limited by time, number of volunteers, and the necessity to match donations to the needs for that week.
  • Therefore, pickup on a particular Saturday can't be assumed in advance.
  • If you must be rid of something by a particular day, we recommend that you not limit yourself to contacting us, and we will understand if your furniture finds another home before we can accept it.

Requests: If you need furniture, you must obtain a referral from a case worker at an agency or organization. They will contact us to request furniture for you.

Solicitudes: Si usted necesita muebles, debes de primer obtener una referencia de una agencia o organización. Ellos después nos contactará para solicitar los muebles para usted.

Referring Agencies: We no longer take requests by phone. Please email furniture@alive-inc.org and provide the following information: your name, organization, and phone number; your client's name, address, and phone number (and email if available); and a specific list of your client's needs.

We will add your client to our list of needs immediately. However, please remember that our capacity each Saturday is limited by time, number of volunteers, and the scarcity of particular items at any given time. Please feel free to contact us again if your client has not received furniture after a month.

Questions: You may contact us by email or by calling 703-837-9321.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Furniture Program: If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering to deliver furniture to those in need on Saturday mornings, please contact furniture@alive-inc.org.

Student community service-hour requirements are most welcome, as are volunteers of all ages and walks of life. We need lifters, organizers, door holders and cheerleaders! It's fun, good exercise, and very rewarding! We go out every Saturday morning (and an occasional Sunday afternoon when the responsible congregation worships on Saturday), and you are welcome to join anytime.

Other Groups that Pick Up Appliances and Furniture

Organization Contact Information Range of Operation
Furniture
Salvation Army 703-642-9270
satruck.org
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Annandale Christian Community
For Action (ACCA)
703-256-9513
accacares.org/furniture
Annandale, Falls Church, North Springfield
Lorton Community Action Center 703-339-5161 Lorton, Mount Vernon, Route 1 Corridor
United Community Ministries 703-799-7015 Route 1 Corridor
Committee for Helping Others 202-681-5279
703-281-7614
Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, Merrifield
Habitat for Humanity
(takes sleep sofas)
habitatnova.org
703-360-6700
Northern Virginia
Goodwill of Greater Washington dcgoodwill.org Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Community for Creative Nonviolence theccnv.org
202-393-1909 ext. 229
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
American Rescue Workers ministry@rescuedc.com
301-336-6200
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Appliances
Habitat for Humanity habitatnova.org
703-360-6700
Northern Virginia
American Rescue Workers ministry@rescuedc.com
301-336-6200
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Community for Creative Nonviolence theccnv.org
202-393-1909 ext. 229
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro

Last Saturday Food Distribution

A 5-day supply of surplus fresh produce and staple foods distributed by volunteers once a month to serve about 600 families referred by social service agencies and ALIVE! congregations.
Tel: 703-837-9300 (option 4)

Housewares

Donated housewares, including pots and pans, towels, sheets, dishes, silverware, and blankets delivered to over 250 households by volunteers.
Tel: 703-837-9300 (option 5)

ALIVE! House Shelter

Temporary housing for women and families in emergency and transitional situations. ALIVE! House provides 6-12 months of shelter, support, and help developing life skills for up to four homeless families at a time.
Tel: 703-684-1430

Housewares

ALIVE! Housewares program accepts

  • Pots, pans, dishes, towels and sheets
  • Small appliances in working order

For instructions on how to deliver your items for the Housewares program, call 703-837-9300x5. Housewares may be brought to Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Fairlington UMC is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM.