ALIVE! Staff Retreat

Starting mid-day August 18 through August 20, ALIVE! staff will have a retreat to reset the ALIVE! offices, team build, and rejuvenate. Please excuse any delays in responses. Food distributions and other pre-scheduled ALIVE! activities during this time will continue as planned.

Share ‘Get Help Today’ Flyer

Please share in your congregation’s bulletins and newsletters. ALIVE! developed a “Get Help Today” flyer for clients to contact ALIVE! Programs for help and find additional resources for referral to ALIVE! or additional services. This flyer will also be placed in ALIVE! bags of food and handed out at AEPP outreach events this August. ALIVE! Get Help Today Flyer.

Washington Street UMC COVID-19 Impact Panel

COVID-19 Impact Video Screening and Panel Discussion at Washington Street United Methodist Church on August 15 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. The panel will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 in the Alexandria community, and will look at how you, as a community member, can support the responsive effort. Moderated by ACT for Alexandria, the panelists will include Kate Garvey (DCHS), Jennifer Ayers (ALIVE!), and Rev. Kameron Wilds (Rising Hope Mission Church).

Alexandria Bahá’í Conversation on the Equality of Women and Men

The Alexandria Bahá’í Community invites you to join a conversation on the Equality of Women and Men on Sunday, August 22 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with guest facilitator Vasu Mohan. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote “In the estimation of God there is no gender,” that “man and woman share all rights,” and predicted a “new age … in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced.” What are the implications for today’s debates about climate change, racism, human rights, rise in authoritarianism, terrorism, poverty, and more?  For the Zoom link (and recording of the session), contact Lauren Poon at

FUMM BBQ and Yard Sale

Save-the-Date for the Fairlington United Methodist Church Men’s Group annual chicken BBQ and yard sale on Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 am.

URGENT! No Contact Grocery/Supply Delivery Drivers Needed

Due to an increase in need, the Alexandria Health Department and Department of Community and Human Services seek 5 additional delivery drivers per day on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to provide groceries and supplies to residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Food and supplies need to be picked up at the ALIVE! Warehouse, located at 801 S. Payne Street at 2:00 pm and delivered to homes in Alexandria. Drivers do not come in contact with the quarantined clients. Must be able to lift 40 lb. bags and use stairs, access to City or personal vehicle, available Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm for a 3-month commitment. Contact Kevin Greenlief at 

Volunteers Needed at Old Town Festival of Speed & Style

Crazy about cars, fashion, and fun? We have an opportunity for you! Old Town Festival of Speed & Style has chosen ALIVE! as its local beneficiary. Sunday, September 5th, ALIVE! will have an information table at the event on the lower three blocks of King Street. We are looking for 2 volunteers per shift to talk about ALIVE! and hand out information. 1st shift 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. 2nd shift 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering for a shift, contact Liza Feiler at

AEPP Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed to support the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership (AEPP) phone line and client intake process. Proficiency in Spanish or Amharic a plus, but not required. Training provided and remote volunteering possible. If interested in learning more, contact Liza Feiler at

West End Business Association Treats ALIVE! to Lunch

On Saturday, July 31, the West End Business Association treated ALIVE! staff & key volunteers, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, and Workforce Development Center to gift cards from Wiygul Automotive Clinic and lunch from AC Sliders food truck. Staff and volunteers enjoyed individually packaged cheeseburgers, fried chicken, fried cod, and plant-based burgers with a side of tots. This generous gesture from WEBA is to recognize and thank local organizations dedicated to serving the Alexandria community during the COVID-19 emergency response.

Coldwell Banker Realty Food Drive

Thank you Coldwell Banker Realty of Alexandria for collecting food and raising $1,702 for the ALIVE! Food Program. Every weekend in July, they stood outside in the summer heat to collect donations and talk about ALIVE!’s work in the Alexandria community.

Feds Feed Families

The USDA office in Alexandria is collecting food donations for ALIVE! as part of the Feds Feeds Families government-wide campaign which encourages federal employees to give to food banks and pantries. On August 10, federal employees will drop off their food donations and the Alexandria Sheriff’s department will deliver the collected donations to ALIVE!.

Food Distributions

ALIVE! month of August food distribution calendar available at

Weekend Food Distribution

  • Saturday, August 28 from 8:30-10:30 AM at Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave), NOVA Alexandria (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave), and William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave).


  • Thursday, August 12 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM at William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)
  • Tuesday, August 17 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Rec Center (25 West Reed Ave)
  • Thursday, August 19 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM at St. Martin de Porres Senior Center (4650 Taney Ave)
  • Friday, August 20 from 11 AM until supplies run out at Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Volunteer opportunities for ALIVE! food distributions available through September. Sign up online HERE. Congregations and groups interested in volunteering, contact Liza Feiler at

Food Collection

ALIVE! collects food donations Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at 801 S. Payne Street. Donations must be from the current list of Accepted Food Donations. Visit ALIVE! Food page for details.

Housewares Referrals

List of Needed Items updated. Check back regularly as the list can change as our inventory changes. Visit the ALIVE! Housewares webpage for the list of accepted items.

Send all Housewares referrals to with the following information:

  • Client’s name, address, cell number, and email if possible
  • Number of adults and children (with ages) in the home
  • List of needed kitchen items, dinnerware, appliances, bed and bath linens

New Paint and Carpets for ALIVE! Main Offices

Volunteer Alexandria Breaks with Impact (BWI) youth group put a fresh coat of paint on a downstairs office last week. This week, Eddie’s Carpets will install new carpets in the three upstairs offices thanks to Sue Goodhart at The Goodhart Group.

ALIVE! in the News and on Social Media

Visit the ALIVE! Newsroom on our website for news articles featuring ALIVE!’s work in the community.

Don’t miss out on daily ALIVE! social media posts. No need to have an account to see what’s happening. Click on the hyperlinks below to view.

Resource: Alexandria Guaranteed Income Pilot

A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It helps low-income families even out the financial ups and downs that prevent them from making ends meet. Join the ACT for Alexandria information sessions on August 9th & 10th to learn more about this pilot, ask questions, and share your input on key questions that will help shape the design of this program. Register online.