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Program Overview & Contacts

Over 900 volunteers a year help ALIVE! fulfill the mission to put faith and love into action. ALIVE! is Alexandrians helping Alexandrians.

For general information about ALIVE!, call 703-837-9300 or reach us by email (info@alive-inc.org).

Child Development Center

The ALIVE! Child Development Center is a full-day, year-round nationally accredited early education and child care program for 3 to 5 year olds living in the city of Alexandria. We provide tuition assistance on a sliding-fee scale based upon family income and size. Parents and/or guardians must be working at least 30 hours per work or attending school full-time to qualify for assistance.
Tel: 703-548-9255; Email: smoore@alive-inc.org

Food Program

ALIVE! provides food to our neighbors in need through several venues. Below are two that families and individuals may access.

  • Last Saturday Food Distribution: Through our monthly mass food distribution program, ALIVE! provides 5-day supplies of food, including nonperishable goods, eggs, meat and produce, held at three (3) sites in Alexandria on the last Saturday of each month. Review flyer for details (Version en español).
  • Home Deliveries Program: Through weekday deliveries, 3-day supplies of groceries are delivered to seniors, individuals with disabilities, single parents and families in need. Individuals and families must be referred to receive a delivery of food—once a month. Self-referrals can be made one time.

Donated shelf-stable food may be brought to the Alexandria Food Center between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. weekdays. The Alexandria Food Center is located at 801 South Payne Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Emergency Monetary Assistance

ALIVE! provides monetary assistance to Alexandria city residents for rent, utilities, medical expenses and other emergency needs. We also provide food assistance for the elderly, disabled and single parents. To receive assistance, clients must be referred by the Alexandria Office of Community Services (703-746-5700), by one of our member congregations, or by another social service agency.
Tel: 703-549-3692
Fax: 703-549-3693
Email: fep@alive-inc.org

Furniture Program

ALIVE! volunteers collect furniture donated by Alexandria city residents and deliver it to Alexandrians in need each Saturday morning. We can pick up furniture in these ZIP codes: 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22206 east of I-395, 22314, and the areas of 22311 and 22312 that are in the city of Alexandria. We cannot pick up in the "Alexandria" part of Fairfax County or elsewhere outside the city limits of Alexandria.

ALIVE! volunteers pick up furniture from city of Alexandria donors on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donors are requested to have someone at the home for the pick-up. NOTE: Our volunteers exercise extreme care in moving furniture out of donors' homes, but they are not professional movers. We are very grateful for the furniture donations and will be very conscious and careful in removing furniture from donors' homes.

A list of organizations that accept other items and/or work outside the city of Alexandria appears at the end of this page.

Our clients need mattresses, beds, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers and chests of drawers, and lamps. They do not need, so we don't 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 can't accept items that need repair.

Donations: If you would like to donate furniture, email furniture@alive-inc.org and provide your name, address, phone number(s), and a list of the needed items (see above) you would like to donate. Donation offers are not taken by phone.

Please take these considerations into account:

  • The furniture program is managed by volunteers. We strive for prompt response, but it may be several days before we contact you.
  • We have no warehouse, and our capacity each Saturday is limited by time, number of volunteers, and the necessity to match donations to the needs for that week.
  • Therefore, pickup on a particular Saturday can't 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.

Requests: If you need furniture, you must obtain a referral from a case worker at an agency or organization. They will contact us to request furniture for you.

Solicitudes: Si usted necesita muebles, debes de primer obtener una referencia de una agencia o organización. Ellos después nos contactará para solicitar los muebles para usted.

Referring Agencies: We no longer take requests by phone. Please email furniture@alive-inc.org and provide the following information: your name, organization, and phone number; your client's name, address, and phone number (and email if available); and 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 scarcity of particular items at any given time. Please feel free to contact us again if your client has not received furniture after a month.

Questions: You may contact us by email or by calling 703-837-9321.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Furniture Program: If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering to deliver furniture to those in need on Saturday mornings, please contact furniture@alive-inc.org.

Student community service-hour requirements are most welcome, as are volunteers of all ages and walks of life. We need lifters, organizers, door holders and cheerleaders! It's fun, good exercise, and very rewarding! We go out every Saturday morning (and an occasional Sunday afternoon when the responsible congregation worships on Saturday), and you are welcome to join anytime.

Other Groups that Pick Up Appliances and Furniture

Organization Contact Information Range of Operation
Salvation Army 703-642-9270
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Annandale Christian Community
For Action (ACCA)
Annandale, Falls Church, North Springfield
Lorton Community Action Center 703-339-5161 Lorton, Mount Vernon, Route 1 Corridor
United Community Ministries 703-799-7015 Route 1 Corridor
Committee for Helping Others 202-681-5279
Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, Merrifield
Habitat for Humanity
(takes sleep sofas)
Northern Virginia
Goodwill of Greater Washington dcgoodwill.org Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Community for Creative Nonviolence theccnv.org
202-393-1909 ext. 229
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
American Rescue Workers ministry@rescuedc.com
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Habitat for Humanity habitatnova.org
Northern Virginia
American Rescue Workers ministry@rescuedc.com
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro
Community for Creative Nonviolence theccnv.org
202-393-1909 ext. 229
Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro


The ALIVE! Housewares Program accepts donated housewares, including pots and pans, utensils, towels, sheets, blankets, dishes, silverware, and clothing. These housewares are brought by donors to Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 and then distributed to those in need.

If you wish to drop off any of the above gently used items, they can be brought to the church and placed just outside the designated room located on basement level (down the stairs from the parking lot door).

If you have questions or wish to make a referral, please email housewares@alive-inc.org. Voice messages can be left at 703-837-9300 ext. 5.

ALIVE! House Shelter

Temporary housing for women and families in emergency and transitional situations. ALIVE! House provides 6–12 months of shelter, support, and help developing life skills for up to four homeless families at a time. Families must be referred through the Alexandria Office of Community Services (703-746-5700).
See more information about ALIVE! House. Email:alivehousedir@alive-inc.org
Tel: 703-684-1430