Congregational Connection
ALIVE! Activities & Updates

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated food items and reusable bags last week! Together, we collected more than 2,500 pounds of food. Thank you for taking action to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to ensure that our entire community can stay healthy, safe, and fed.

Also, a special thank you to the congregations who served as collection points during these days of action: Immanuel Church on the Hill, First Christian Church, Episcopal Church of Saint Clement, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Agudas Achim Congregation.


39,000 Pounds of Donated Items!

Thank you to Member Congregation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for the donation of 24 pallets of food and household items! That’s roughly 39,000 pounds of rice, corn, pears, peaches, peanut butter, laundry detergent, dish soap, and more. ALIVE! sends a special thank you to Congregational Representative, Michael Hill, for helping make the donation happen.

Donations like this help ALIVE! to keep our costs down and to ensure that we can meet the rising need for basic assistance in our community.

You can see more pictures from this huge collection on our Instagram page or by clicking here.


ALIVE! Information & News

ALIVE! Board Meeting 

The next ALIVE! Board Meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, February 1st at 7pm. Please check your email for details and a zoom link.

Share ALIVE! Job Opportunities

ALIVE! is searching for someone to fill our new Food Center Service Navigator position.

The Service Navigator will work closely with other members of the team to assess, implement, and evaluate actions required to meet the client’s human service needs and also ensure that volunteers and staff at the food centers are working collaboratively in the best interests of clients.
ALIVE! is also looking for an ALIVE! House Case Manager.
The ALIVE! House Case Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the shelter program and providing on-site staffing and program leadership. The Case Manager also supervises the ALIVE! House Shelter Monitor and is responsible for ensuring a safe, clean space for all clients.
Please share job opportunities with your community. We are excited to expand our operations and grow our amazing staff.

Home Inspector Needed

ALIVE! House is looking for someone who can help us assess the structural needs of the building. This includes an evaluation of the foundation, windows, fireplace, and water heater. Please let us know someone from your congregations has experience in home inspection or contracting and would be able to help us assess our needs.

Please contact execdir@alive-i​ or call the ALIVE! office at (703) 837-9300

Floor Installation Needed

Does anyone in your congregation work with flooring? We will need a new floor installed soon in order to ready our space for the new ALIVE! Food Center. If you know of anyone who can help provide us with advice, materials or installation, please contact John Shockley at opsdir@alive-in​

Donating Housewares
Small household items can make a big difference in the lives of someone transitioning into new housing.
The ALIVE! Housewares Program helps connect basic items like pillows, saucepans, and microwaves with our neighbors in need.
To learn more and to find our where to drop off items please visit:

ALIVE! Adds At-Home Test Kits to Distributions

Everyone in our community deserves to have access to Covid-19 testing, so that they can keep themselves and their families safe. That’s why ALIVE! is partnering with organizations like Neighborhood Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and community groups to distribute at-home Covid-19 tests at our Food Distribution events and pop-ups.

If you’d like to volunteer to help food insecure Alexandrians at one of ALIVE!’s next Food Distribution events please click here to sign-up.

Food Distribution Schedule

Click the hyperlink below for the January or February ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar. The calendar is subject to change.

ALIVE! strives to provide nutritious foods through direct distribution to our clients and by supporting Alexandria’s food pantries, meal kitchens, public schools, recreation centers, and other community partners.

To get a PDF of the entire month’s calendar of ALIVE! food distributions click the hyperlink below. Calendar subject to change.

ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (JANUARY 2022)

ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (FEBRUARY 2022)

Weekend Food Distribution:
ALIVE! distributes bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at 3 sites one Saturday per month in the parking lot at each site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required.

Saturday, January 29 from 8:30AM – 10:30AM

  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • NVCC Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 500 Dawes Ave)


  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Facing Eviction or Need Rental Assistance?

Meet with AEPP staff in-person for immediate assistance. Facilities are subject to close due to inclement weather and please bring your lease, ledgers, and any documents (snap or ssi approvals).

Every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
alternating between Charles Houston Rec Center (901 Wythe Street)
and William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Avenue):

January 25 at Charles Houston Rec Center
February 1 at Charles Houston Rec Center
February 8 at William Ramsay Rec Center
February 15 at Charles Houston Rec Center
February 22 at William Ramsay Rec Center

Every Thursday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
at Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt Vernon Ave)

Questions? Call 571-463-8567 or visit:

Racial Equity Workshops 

ACT for Alexandria’s February Allyship workshops are now open for registration! By registering for the Allyship workshops, you will be given tools to be an active ally for racial justice through methods of centering people of color, influencing others, and continuing your own self-work journey.
The sessions will take place on February 2nd and 3rd and you can see more information and register for this virtual training by clicking here.


Volunteer T-Shirts 

ALIVE! now has T-shirts available for volunteers! To cover costs T-shirts are $10 for Small- Extra Large and $12 for XXL.

If you would like a t-shirt please contact:


Support ALIVE! with AmazonSmile

Amazon has donated $2,698.80 directly to ALIVE! through AmazonSmile. When you shop with AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase to ALIVE!, at no cost to you.