Saying Thanks and Welcoming Our New Congregational Representatives

During ALIVE!’s final Board Meeting of the Financial year on Tuesday we took a moment to express our appreciation for the dedicated service of the Executive Board Members and Congregational Representatives whose terms have expired.

Thank you to Board President, Mary Eileen Dixon, Development Chair, Gerry Hebert, Furniture Chair, Mike Mackey, Joan Moser, David Taylor, and Deborah Schaffer.

Congratulations to the incoming Executive Board Members and to the slate of Congregational Representatives who were voted in to continue the work of providing a safety net for our Alexandria neighbors in need.

Reminder- ALIVE! Congregational Survey
If you haven’t submitted your responses to the ten question Congregational Representative Survey please plan to do so before June 30th. This information is one important way for ALIVE! to learn about your congregations interests and how best to move forward in our work.

Zoning for Housing Community Questionnaire Responses Due by June 19th

The City of Alexandria wants to hear from you! The City is undertaking the Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative to explore options for expanding housing opportunities and affordability in Alexandria.

Please join the conversation by completing this questionnaire by June 19. Your input will help inform the details of this important initiative and how it can help all Alexandrians. This community questionnaire is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, and Spanish.

Volunteer Alexandria’s City-Wide Food Drive- July 4th- July 28th

Hunger doesn’t take a Summer break! Thanks to our friends at Volunteer Alexandria there will be a community wide food drive from July 4th-July 28th to make sure that ALIVE! has the food donations we need to serve our community.

Sign up to Deliver Furniture with ALIVE!
Are you interested in being a part of ALIVE!’s furniture team? Being a part of the furniture program gives you a front-row seat to the amazing generosity of Alexandria residents and the life-changing work ALIVE! does.

For example, last week, we delivered furniture to a single mother of three kids who only had an air mattresses, a TV, a stroller, and one chair in the home she recently moved into. We brought her furniture to begin furnishing her living room, dining room, and three bedrooms. These donated items of furniture can absolutely transform an empty apartment into a home.

Is there an upcoming Saturday when you’d like to bring members of your congregation to lend a hand? Just let us know and we will match you with community volunteers to complete the team. Our goal is to have at least four volunteers every Saturday, so to get start contact or register through the link below.

Updated June Food Assistance Distribution Schedule

Last Saturday Food Distributions
ALIVE! distributes free bags of groceries (produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at three locations one Saturday per month. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

Saturday, June 24 from 8:30am – 10:30am
Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
NVCC Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 5000 Dawes Ave)- No walk up distribution available.

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


Pop-Up Food Distributions Events
ALIVE! provides food assistance in specific neighborhoods throughout the month with help from our community partners. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

Friday, June 9 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Friday, June 16 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)

Saturday, June 17 from 8:00am – 10:00am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, June 17 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

Thursday, June 22 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Rd)

ALIVE! Food Hubs
The ALIVE! Food Hubs offer Alexandria City residents food assistance, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and connections to support services. Proof of Alexandria City residency may be requested.

West End Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn St)
Tuesdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Wednesdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Thursdays 11am – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

Del Ray Food Hub (2601 Mount Vernon Ave)
Tuesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Wednesdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Thursdays 12pm – 6pm (Closed 2pm – 3pm)
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

New ALIVE! Cards and Data Collection
In order for our food program to better meet the dietary needs of the people we serve and to match specific support services to people in need, ALIVE! has started to collect basic client information. People who visit the Food Hubs and the Ramsay Rec Center Pop-Up Distribution are asked to answer a few questions and given an ALIVE! Card for future visits.

Over the coming weeks we will be ramping up this data collection and card distribution at all of our food events. If you have questions or know someone who would like to pick up their ALIVE! card please visit the Food Hubs or the William Ramsay Rec Center Pop-Up distribution.

Drive Up Ending at Cora Kelly in July
ALIVE!’s Last Saturday ALIVE! Food Distribution at Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave) will be walk-up only starting in July. No cars will be allowed to drive up to collect groceries after June 24.

Drive up food collect will still be available at NVCC (lot B-1 via 5000 Dawes Ave) for Alexandria City Residents. Please only one person per household and bring reusable bags if possible.

See more about ALIVE’s Food Assistance Program and a schedule for upcoming distributions at:

Language Skills in High Demand- Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Pashto

Ensuring that the people coming to ALIVE! food distributions get the information they need about how to seek assistance is important to us and we need your help.

At each of our pop-up distributions throughout the month, at the food hubs, and at the last Saturday events we are in search of volunteers to assist with translation and the client intake process. Please considering signing up through our volunteer scheduling tool if you have Spanish, Dari, Arabic, or Pashto language skills.

Youth Summer Job Fair- June 13th and June 14th
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Youth Summer Job Fairs with the Alexandria Workforce Development Center on June 13th and 14th. These events are free to attend and designed to connect Alexandria youth ages 16-21 with employment opportunities. Register for this free event to speak with employers and learn about employment opportunities.

Free Shredding Day on June 10th

ALIVE! member congregation Good Shepard Lutheran Church is hosting a free shredding day event on June 10th for anyone who would like to dispose of old tax returns, receipts, bills, or other items.

Bring your papers to shred in a paper bag or box to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (100 West Luray Avenue) between 10am – 1pm. No binder clips or hard metal, but staples or paper clips are fine. Limit 4 boxes per person.

ACPS Youth Summer Meals Program
Starting on June 26th free summer meals will be distributed to all Alexandria City Public School students and children under 18. Monday through Thursday at five different ACPS sites. This program runs through July 30.

Senior Cool Care Program

Aging & Adult Services’ Senior Cool Care Program provides assistance for seniors ages 60 years or older who need cooling in their homes. To be eligible, a household must contain at least one vulnerable individual who is age 60 or over, is living with a disability, or is under age 6. The program runs until Oct 31. Learn more:

Free Fare Friday on Virginia Railway Express
Fridays are free on VRE! You can ride any train – no ticket needed –  through September 1st. VRE provides commuter-oriented rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors.

For more information visit: