Furniture Program

The ALIVE! Furniture Program will re-open on September 10th of 2022.

About

ALIVE! volunteers collect furniture donated by city residents and deliver these items to Alexandrians in need every week – mostly Saturday mornings and three Sundays of the year.

Areas Served

The ALIVE! furniture volunteers serve geographic areas and zip codes only in the city of Alexandria.

This includes 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22206 east of I-395, 22314, and the areas of 22311 and 22312 that are in the city of Alexandria. Generosity matters to us, but currently, we do not have the ability to pick up in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County or outside the city limits of Alexandria. For a list of other organizations that serve outside of Alexandria, see below.

How It Works

ALIVE! volunteers pick up donated items that are clean and in good condition from Alexandria donors on Saturdays from 8:00am – 1:00pm (and 3 Sundays of the year from 1:00pm – 6:00pm). Our goal is to deliver a donated piece of furniture to a family in need that day. Donated furniture can also be for a short time until it finds a home.

Information for Donor

Donors are required to have someone at the home for the pick-up.

Donors should be prepared to have people enter their home and provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, confirm no one is presently ill, and wear a mask.

To the extent possible, donors are asked to have furniture ready to go.

Please note: Our volunteers exercise extreme care in moving furniture out of donor homes, but they are not professional movers. We are very grateful for the furniture donations, and we will be very conscious and careful in removing furniture from homes.

Type of Donations & Information for Donors

ALIVE! clients need staple furniture items such as mattresses, beds, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers and chests of drawers, and lamps. We cannot accept king beds, trundle beds, armoires/hutches, entertainment centers, sleeper sofas, appliances, patio furniture, office furniture, or rugs. We expect scratches and other normal wear, but we cannot accept items that are stained, need repair, or are in poor condition.

Volunteers are asked to use their discretion and may opt not to take a donation on-site.

To donate furniture or ask questions, please contact furniture@alive-inc.org. The ALIVE! furniture Program is completely managed by volunteers who strive to provide a prompt response, but it may be several days before you are contacted. Please be patient.

• Our capacity is limited by time, the number of volunteers we have, and the need to match donations with needs for the week. Therefore, pick-up on a particular day cannot be assumed in advance.
• If you must be rid of something by a particular day, we recommend that you not limit yourself to contacting us, and we will understand if your furniture finds another home before we can accept it.

Furniture Request

If you need furniture, you must obtain a referral from a city of Alexandria nonprofit, government agency, or ALIVE! member congregation. They will contact us to request furniture for you.

Please contact the ALIVE! Furniture Program via email and provide the following information:
1. Your name
2. Organization
3. Phone number
4. Your client’s name
5. Address
6. Phone number
7. Email
8. A specific list of your client’s needs

We will add your client to our list of needs immediately. However, please remember that our capacity each Saturday is limited by time, number of volunteers, and the availability of items at any given time. Please follow up with your client to determine if their needs were met and feel free to contact us again if your client has not received furniture after a month

Get Involved

Local congregations are the mainstay of our volunteer base for this program. If you are a part of an ALIVE! Member Congregation please sign up with your congregation. From time to time we also call on volunteers from the public. All volunteer opportunities are listed on our volunteer page. All volunteers must register in advance.

We also need regular volunteers to help with this program, including drivers, and safety coordination. If you have questions and want to learn more contact ALIVE!’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for the job and wear closed-toe sturdy footwear.
Volunteer jobs within this program include:
• Driving a truck- may require background check/proof of license and insurance
• Helping to move furniture
• Schedulers to coordinate delivery and welcome volunteer teams (work in 2-week increments)- training is required.
• Delivering food and bedding and other housewares to families receiving furniture when available
• Door holders

Volunteer operations for this program take place every week from 8:00am – 1:00 pm on Saturdays, except for three Sundays when they take place from 1:00pm- 6:00 pm. Most delivery shifts are completed within 4-5 hours.

Contact

For more information, contact us at furniture@alive-inc.org or call (703) 837-9300.

Organizations that Pick Up Appliances and Furniture

OrganizationContact InformationRange of Operation
Furniture
Salvation Army703-642-9270 | www.satruck.orgNorthern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Annandale Christian Community For Action (ACCA)703-256-9513 | www.accacares.org/furnitureAnnandale, Falls Church, North Springfield
Lorton Community Action Center703-339-5161Lorton, Mount Vernon, Route 1 Corridor
Committee for Helping Others202-681-5279 & 703-281-7614Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, Merrifield
Habitat for Humanity (takes sleep sofas)703-360-6700 | www.habitatnova.orgNorthern Virginia
Falls Church Community Service Council Inc.703-237-2562 | www.fcswecare.org/programs.htmlGreater Falls Church area only
Goodwill of Greater Washingtonwww.dcgoodwill.org Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
SHARE of McLean703-237-2562 | www.shareofmclean.org/furnitureServing McLean, Falls Church & Arlington
Appliances
Habitat for Humanity703-360-6700 | www.habitatnova.orgNorthern Virginia
American Rescue Workers301-336-6200 | ministry@rescuedc.comNorthern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Community for Creative Nonviolence202-393-1909 ext. 229 | www.theccnv.orgNorthern Virginia, D.C. Metro