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StepALIVE! Walkathon, May 5

StepALIVE Walkathon banner The 38th annual StepALIVE! Walkathon to benefit the ALIVE! Child Development Center is Sunday, May 5, 2019! All proceeds provide funding for tuition assistance for children from low-income, working families—ensuring their access to high-quality, full-day, year-round early education and care.

Form a team, register as a walker, become a sponsor, or make a donation and join our community in walking to create brighter, stronger futures for Alexandria’s children! Questions? Contact us at acoles@alive-inc.org or 703-837-9321.

Help After the Shutdown

click here for information on ALIVE!'s programs ALIVE! is the oldest and largest private safety net dedicated to providing emergency and basic needs support to children, families and individuals living in poverty and with hunger in the city of Alexandria. ALIVE! serves thousands of people each month by providing food, shelter, emergency help and early education. If you are a resident of the city of Alexandria and need assistance, please visit our Programs page for more information.

If you would like to volunteer or start a food drive, please contact us at info@alive-inc.org or 703-837-9321.

To make a financial donation in support of the ALIVE! Food or Family Emergency Fund (Emergency Financial Assistance) Program, please visit our Donations page. Gifts to the "Greatest Need Fund" will also be used to support our neighbors in need.

4th Annual Empty Bowls Alexandria

Empty Bowls poster thanking sponsorsThank you for making the 4th Annual Empty Bowls Alexandria such a great success! The event was a sell-out, raising more than $75,000 to alleviate the suffering of our neighbors living in poverty and with hunger. A HUGE shout-out to our honorary cochairs, "Mango" Mike and Donna Anderson, the Jen Walker Team, our "Community Champion Sponsor," auctioneer Kerry Donley, the 2018 sponsors, restaurants and donors, and Karen O'Hern and the 2018 Empty Bowls Committee for their above and beyond support and leadership!

A special thank you to our Empty Bowls artists, Northern Virginia Community College Department of Fine Arts—Alexandria Campus, and the Alexandria Clay Co-op, for the beautiful handcrafted bowls, and to the T.C. Williams High School Jazz Band for providing the evening's music.

To see photos from the event, please follow us on Facebook. For more information about Empty Bowls Alexandria, please contact Allison at acoles@alive-inc.org or 703-837-9321.

2018–19 Preschool Enrollment Open!

The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is now accepting applications for the 2018–19 school year. Learn more....

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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! 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)