ALIVE! Volunteer Opportunities

ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically (ALIVE!)
Volunteer Activities

ALIVE! has great volunteer activities for individuals, families, youth, and groups.

ALIVE! is a non-profit, community-based organization that is dedicated to serving low-income residents in Alexandria.  We really need your assistance in getting your friends, family, colleagues, and members of your congregations involved with at least one of these activities.  ALIVE! does so much for the Alexandria community – but we can’t do it without help. Even a few hours of time will have a tremendous impact!  

Administrative Opportunities - Volunteers are occasionally needed to help label and mail ALIVE! newsletters and other mailers.   

ALIVE! Child Development Center
- Embracing the belief that “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a single meal.  If you teach him how to fish, he will eat all his life”, the mission of the Alive CDC is to provide a high-quality early care and education program for children between 3 and 5 years of age.  Our full-day preschool program forms a solid foundation for children’s success in school and in life.  An essential component of our mission is the maintenance and improvement of our classrooms and playground.  Volunteers with maintenance-related skills/interests, such as painting, plumbing, landscaping, cleaning, or carpentry are always welcome and deeply appreciated!  We also are in need of substitute teachers (must undergo background checks and complete CPR/First Aid Training).

ALIVE! House – Volunteers are often needed to help with basic maintenance.  

Family Emergency Program
- Help process requests, pack food, or deliver food for this important ALIVE! program. In the morning (9:00 am - Noon), volunteers process requests for food and financial assistance. Volunteers are needed beginning at noon (for about two hours) to deliver food to recipients. This is a great opportunity for retirees or others who are free during the day!

Food Drives - ALIVE! is the recipient of food from the National Letter Carrier Food Drive in May and the Boy Scout Food Drive in November.   Volunteers are needed to help sort and box the food ALIVE! receives.  For dates, please check the ALIVE! website ( This is a great opportunity for groups and individuals.  Learn More about First Baptist Food Drives for ALIVE.

Furniture Delivery - Make a Saturday a great day for a low-income family in Alexandria.  Each Saturday, drivers and volunteers are needed to help pick up and deliver much needed furniture.  You don’t have to be strong to help out – many hands make light work of contributions!

Help the Homeless Walkathon – Every November, Fannie Mae’s Annual Walkathon draws thousands of people to the National Mall to raise awareness of and financial support for America’s homeless. ALIVE! House is one of the recipients of funding from this annual walk around the Nation’s Capitol.  People are needed to join the ALIVE! House team or to support ALIVE! House through hosting a mini-walk.

Holiday Opportunities - On Thanksgiving Day, ALIVE! needs volunteers to help sort and box food received from the Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk at Cora Kelly Recreation Center.  In addition, during the holiday season, volunteers are needed to help sort food received from various food drives sponsored by ALIVE!’s congregations.

Housewares - Volunteers are needed to assemble starter kits and to sort donations.  Volunteers are also needed to help deliver and pick up house wares.
Preparation for Last Saturday Food Distribution - Spend 60-90 minutes helping unload non-perishable food at the Cora Kelly Recreational Center on the last Friday of the month.  This is in preparation for the Last Saturday Food Distribution the following morning.  Hand trucks are provided for heavy boxes.  Many boxes are less than 10 lbs and can be carried by individuals.  Ideal for individuals and groups.  Children are welcome with supervision.

Last Saturday Food Distribution - Volunteers are needed to help bag and distribute non-perishable food and fresh produce to low-income families at 1 of 3 locations in Alexandria:  Cora Kelly Recreational Center (3600 Commonwealth Avenue); LaDrey Senior Residence (300 Wythe Street); and Church of the Resurrections (2280 N. Beauregard). This event takes place on the last Saturday of every month (except November and December). Ideal for individuals and groups.  Children are welcome with supervision.

Other Opportunities – Do you have an idea for a fundraiser?  Do you have experience writing grants?  Can you organize a food drive in your community, congregation, or workplace?  We would be happy to speak with you!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:, or call 703-837-9300.