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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 ...

ALIVE! Empty Bowls, November 14

More than 13,500 of Alexandria’s residents live in poverty

How can you help? Please join us on Saturday, November 14 at 6 p.m. for a special event to raise awareness and funds to feed people who are hungry in Alexandria. You will receive a delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert from Alexandria restaurants, as well as a one-of-a-kind bowl handmade by students of Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Fine Arts Department.
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It's called Empty Bowls Alexandria, and it benefits ALIVE!'s food programs, including Last Saturday Food Distribution, which distributes groceries to more than 2,000 individuals per month at three sites around the city on the last Saturday of each month, and the Family Emergency Program, which delivers groceries 5 days a week to more than 120 disabled, elderly, or homebound people each month.

When and where? November 14, 2015 from 6:00–8:30 PM
at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria
1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

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Empty Bowls is an international grassroots program encouraging local artists and organizations to work together to raise hunger awareness and help feed those who are hungry in their own communities.

Coverage of New Alexandria Food Center Dedication

Dedicated on October 16, the center is located in space made available by the city of Alexandria, which also funded and oversaw renovations to the space as part of its commitment to meeting the emergency food needs of its residents. "The new Food Center is a wonderful example of the Mayor and Members of the City Council, City government, non-profits and Alexandria’s faith community coming together to tackle a significant issue affecting the health and well-being of Alexandrians,” states Diane Charles. (Read more. See also NBC4 coverage.)

Amanda Isaac to Run Marine Corps Marathon to Raise Funds for ALIVE! House

"Women with children who come to our program need the time and extra support provided to increase self-sufficiency and skills as well as a chance for the entire family to get needed services before moving on to permanent housing.... I am running for every resident and child who has walked in our doors because they deserve happiness and a home.” (Continued)

ALIVE! Celebrates 46th Annual Volunteer Recognition and Recommitment Potluck

An annual tradition, this much-anticipated event brought volunteers together on October 6 for an evening of good food and camaraderie. This year’s event was held at the Fairlington United Methodist Church. Attendees heard motivational remarks from Fairlington’s lead pastor, Mary Beth Blinn. Individuals joining the celebration this year included Harry and Ann Williams, who were part of the group who founded ALIVE!.

ALIVE! 2015 volunteer recognition dinner

"It Starts at Home," a Commentary

Diane Charles commentary in Alexandria Gazette-Packet, 9/18/2015

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.

United Way UCA Community Impact Grantees

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.

Support ALIVE!

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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)