Upcoming Volunteer Activities with ALIVE!

ALIVE!’s Last Saturday Food Distributions are coming up on June 24th and we need your help to ensure that the food insecure families in our community have access to the assistance they need.

It takes nearly 100 volunteers to facilitate these outdoor food distributions and we still have open volunteer roles at each of our three sites on the 24th.

Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
15 Food Distributors
5 Traffic Marshals
3 Translators

Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 5000 Dawes Ave)
17 Food Distributors
4 Traffic Marshals
4 Translators

William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)
8 Food Distributors
5 Translators

Sign up through our website’s volunteer scheduling tool to reserve your next shift. These activities start at 7:15am and we generally wrap up around 11:30 am. Children ages 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Spanish, Dari, and Pashto language skills are needed at all locations.

Can you help deliver furniture to families in need?
Over the last few months we’ve seen an increased need for basic furniture from newly relocated refugee families and families transitioning out of shelters. Recently, a group of volunteers delivered furniture to a single mother of three kids who only had an air mattresses, a stroller, and a folding chair in the home she recently moved into. We brought her three beds, a floor rug, a table with a set of kitchen chairs, a medium sized couch, and other item to help her begin furnishing her new home.

Social workers refer people in need to ALIVE! and our list of donations that are ready to be picked up is growing each day. The missing part of this program is volunteers who are able to load and unload the ALIVE! truck on Saturday mornings.

If you would like to lend a hand at an upcoming Saturday Furniture delivery just sign up online. We are looking to build teams of 4-7 volunteers each Saturday to load and unload the truck plus one person willing to drive the delivery truck.

Join the Pop-Up Food Distribution at the Ramsay Rec Center- July 13th
You may have seen that because of last week’s air pollution warnings we had to reschedule the monthly Pop-Up Food Distribution at the Ramsay Rec Center. Fortunately a team of volunteers sprang into action and helped hand out groceries on the rescheduled date. This was critical to ensure that this part of our community didn’t miss out on the food assistance they need. Thank you!

We have another Pop-Up scheduled for July 13th and are need five more volunteers to help hand out eggs, chicken, produce, and other grocery items. Please help us spread the word about this monthly volunteer activity and sign up online to reserve your shift. Language skills in high demand: Spanish, Dari, Pashto. Minors ages 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the volunteer activity.
Thursday, July 13th: 4:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
Meeting at 5650 Sanger Ave

Looking for weekday volunteer hours? Join the Food Hub team
Assist clients by greeting, registering, and introducing them to the food selection process, translating as well as organizing groceries and light cleaning. We are especially looking for people who are flexible, comfortable working with and serving others, speak languages other than English, and are excited about helping people find food and other resources. Children ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Del Ray Food Hub Volunteer Shift Times
Tuesdays – Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm | 12 pm – 2:30 pm | 2 pm – 4:30 pm | 4:30 pm – 6 pm | 5 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays 9:45 am – 2 pm
Meeting at 2601 Mt. Vernon Ave

West End Food Hub Volunteer Shift Times
Tuesdays – Thursdays: 10 am – 12 pm | 11 am – 2 pm | 2 pm – 4 pm | 4 pm – 6 pm | 5 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays 9:45 am – 2 pm
Meeting at 510-F S. Van Dorn St

Ongoing ALIVE! Volunteer Needs

Food Hub Driver
Help ALIVE! drive a 16′ box truck from the ALIVE! Warehouse to deliver groceries, produce, and other food items to replenish food stock at ALIVE!’s Food Hub.
Must be age 21 and older to participate.
Tuesdays: 10:30 am – 11 am
Wednesdays: 10:30 am – 11 am
Thursdays: 10:30 am – 11 am | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Fridays: 1 pm – 1:30 pm
Meeting at 801 S. Payne St


Warehouse Volunteers
Assist with accepting deliveries, sorting food, bagging, vegetable gleaning, shelves re-stocking, organizing, and administrative assistance if needed.
Mondays: 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am – 2 pm | 12 pm – 4 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am – 2 pm
Thursdays: 10 am – 2 pm | 12 pm – 4 pm
Fridays: 10 am – 2 pm
Saturdays: 9 am – 12 pm | 11 am – 2 pm
Meeting at 801 S. Payne St

Family Assistance Program Volunteer (July)
Assist with sorting and bagging food donations for home deliveries, driving groceries to clients unable to visit food distribution, and assist with weekly data entry projects.
Packing and Sorting
Monday-Friday: 9 am – 11:30 am

Home Delivery Drivers
Monday-Friday: 12 pm – 2:30 pm

Data Entry
Wednesdays and Fridays: 12 pm – 1pm
Meeting at 801 S. Payne St

Bus Barn Packing and Sorting
Thank you to the volunteers from Georgetown Day School and Nextdoor who came to the ALIVE! Bus Barn last week to help bag groceries for ALIVE!’s upcoming food distributions.

Let us know if you are interested in sorting donated food and packing bags of groceries for our upcoming distribution events. Good for groups of 4-10 people. Children ages 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays – Thursdays: 9 am – 12 pm | 1 pm – 4 pm
Meeting at 116 S. Quaker Ln
Scheduling varies as needed, so contact volunteermg@alive-inc.org to inquire about the next shift.

Sign up to host a Food Drive Collection Box in July
Would you like to host a donation box during Volunteer Alexandria’s city-wide food drive? Our goal is to collect 30,000 pounds of food during the month of July and Volunteer Alexandria is creating a list of locations throughout the city where supporters can drop off donations of food for ALIVE!’s Food Assistance program.
If you’d like Volunteer Alexandria to bring a box and advertise your location as a collection point please complete this survey by June 23rd: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/foodALX

Hunger doesn’t take a Summer break, so food drives like this one help to ensure that ALIVE! has the resources we need to support our Alexandria neighbors.