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Program Overview & Contacts

More than 700 volunteers a year help ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) 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.

For general information about ALIVE!, call 703-837-9300 or reach us by email (info@alive-inc.org).

Child Development Center

A full-day preschool and day care center serving 46 children and their working poor Alexandrian families throughout the year. Tuition and fees are based upon the parents' ability to pay the Center is the only sliding fee scale, accredited preschool in Alexandria City.
Tel: 703-548-9255; email: smoore@alive-inc.org


Donated canned and packaged food delivered by volunteers to almost 1,000 needy families who are referred by local social service agencies and member congregations.
Tel: 703-837-9321

Emergency Monetary Assistance

ALIVE! provides monetary assistance to Alexandria City residents for rent, utilities, medical expenses and other emergency needs. We also provide food assistance for the elderly, disabled and single parents. To receive assistance, clients must be referred by the Office of Community Services (703-746-5700), by one of our member congregations, or by another social service agency.
Tel: 703-549-3692
Fax: 703-549-3693
Email: fep@alive-inc.org

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
Salvation Army 703-642-9270
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Annandale Christian Community
For Action (ACCA)
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
Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, Merrifield
Habitat for Humanity
(takes sleep sofas)
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
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Habitat for Humanity habitatnova.org
Northern Virginia
American Rescue Workers ministry@rescuedc.com
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)


The ALIVE! Housewares Program accepts donated housewares, including pots and pans, utensils, towels, sheets, blankets, dishes, silverware, and clothing. These housewares are brought by donors to Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 and then distributed to those in need.

If you wish to drop off any of the above gently used items, they can be brought to the church and placed just outside the designated room located on basement level (down the stairs from the parking lot door).

If you have questions or wish to make a referral, please email housewares@alive-inc.org. Voice messages can be left at 703-837-9300 ext. 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