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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.

Hunger Free Alexandria

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In September, 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 website for 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 website or 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!

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)