May Volunteer Newsletter
In April, we celebrated the contributions of the volunteer leaders who help to ensure that ALIVE! is able to provide a safety net for our Alexandria neighbors in need. Without the time, talent, and passion of our amazing volunteers ALIVE! wouldn’t be able to sustain the programs that provide food, rental assistance, and other basic needs.
As we continue to see the high need for food assistance in our community, more that 4,000 households each month, we are thankful to everyone who continues to volunteer. Thank you!
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive- May 13
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country’s largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. Simply leave donations of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks.
Amazingly, nearly 2% of all the food donated to ALIVE! throughout the year comes from this one food drive. That means we need a big team of volunteers to help receive these donations.
We are looking for volunteers to drive ALIVE! trucks to pick up donations, volunteers at 4 post office locations ready to load donations, and one team at the Bus Barn to unload the trucks.
Truck Drivers and Assistant Drivers- Meeting at 801 S. Payne St
10 volunteers needed- Paired into teams of two- Must be 21+ with a valid drivers license
Truck Unloading- Meeting at 116 S. Quaker Lane
5 volunteers needed- Must be 18+ with the ability to lift 30 pounds
Post Office Truck Loading- Meeting at specific Post Offices
28 volunteers needed- Must be 18+ with the ability to lift 30 pounds
Truck Drivers Needed
Are you someone who is comfortable behind the wheel of a medium sized moving truck or delivery van? Are you 21 years old or older with a valid drivers license? If yes, then you might be the perfect person to help us delivering food donations, resupplying food distribution locations, and helping to deliver donated furniture!
Last Saturday Truck Drivers
Every Saturday, Furniture Drivers
8:00am – 1:00pm
Weekday Food Hub Drivers
Tuesdays through Fridays- shift times vary 10:30am-3:30pm
Truck pick up at the ALIVE! Warehouse (801 South Payne St) and a commercial drivers license is not required. Visit the online volunteer scheduling tool to find a shift that works for you.
Alexandria’s Annual Community Cookouts are back!
This is a great opportunity to meet Alexandria’s first responders and community organizations while enjoying free food, giveaways, and learning about support services for youth and families! All cookouts are 6pm-7:30pm.
Are you interested in volunteering to staff the ALIVE! table at one of these neighborhood cookouts? Sign up online and help us distribute information about ALIVE!’s upcoming Food Distributions and other support services ALIVE! provides.
Help out at the ALIVE! Food Hubs
We are looking for help on an ongoing basis at the ALIVE! Food Hubs helping clients navigate the grocery selection process. If you haven’t been to an ALIVE! Food Hub this is a great opportunity to see the beautiful new space and assist with our new food choice method of distribution.
Shift times vary at the West End Food Hub (510 F S. Van Dorn St) and the Food Hub in Del Ray (2601 Mt Vernon Ave) from 10am-6:30pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 9am-2pm on Saturdays. Sign up to help stock shelves, assist with grocery selections, and connect clients with other support services.
Join ALIVE!’s Last Saturday Food Distribution Events- May 27th
We are looking for volunteers to lend a hand for the May 27th food distribution events. Please sign up online to reserve your shift and help us support our Alexandria neighbors in need.
Food Distributors, Traffic Marshalls & Translators
7:15am – 11:30am
NVCC Alexandria (5000 Dawes Ave, Parking Lot B1)
Cora Kelly ES (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
William Ramsay Rec. Center (5650 Sanger Ave)
Truck Drivers – Saturday Food Distributions
6:30am – 11:30am
Truck pickup at the ALIVE! Warehouse (801 South Payne St). Must be 21 years old to participate and have a valid driver’s license.
Furniture Program Volunteers Needed
ALIVE! is looking for volunteers to assist with the Furniture Program on Saturday mornings in May and June. ALIVE! will provide a list of addresses where donated items are scheduled for pickup, a list of addresses for families scheduled to receive donated items, and an ALIVE! truck.
We are in need of at least one volunteer to drive the truck and at least 4 volunteers to help move items.
Open Furniture Delivery Dates:
Each shift meets at 801 South Payne St at 8am and deliveries end around 1pm.
Help Staff the ALIVE! Table at the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style- May 21st
On Sunday, May 21st thousands of people with gather in Old Town to view exotic cars, fashion, and live music for an event that raises money for ALIVE! and the Campagna Center. The Old Town Festival of Speed and Style is free to attend and takes place on the 200-400 blocks of King Street, and the 100 blocks of North Royal and North Fairfax from 10am-3pm
Are you interested in volunteering to staff the ALIVE! table on May 21st at Old Town Festival of Speed & Style? Sign up online to join the team.
Mother’s Day Diaper Drive- May 1st – May 31st
Thank you to Vice Mayor Amy Jackson & Councilwoman Alyia Gaskins for organizing a Mother’s Day Diaper Drive from May 1st – May 31st! This is a terrific way to help Alexandria families who need diapers, wipes, and other basic baby needs and personal hygiene products.
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