ACTion Alexandria Blog

This week's featured organization is...Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents. By providing free, high-quality legal services LSNV is able to assist elderly, disabled, or low income individuals with some of life’s most critical issues, such as personal safety, income, housing, medical benefits, education, and family stability. 

Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods Legal Services, LSNV

Local Weekend Guide, 9/28-9/29

This weekend is crammed full of family events and fundraisers to support the Alexandria community. Here's the line up for Saturday, 9/28 and Sunday, 9/29: 

Saturday, 9/28

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods local weekend guide

This week's featured organization is...Wright to Read

Wright to Read is an educational program that promotes literacy by providing tutoring and mentoring to Alexandria City elementary school students who are reading below grade level.  With 34 years of serving City of Alexandria youth, Wright to Read is an expert at helping students learn to read and learn to enjoy reading.

Education Alexandria Story Festival, author readings, books, children's literacy

Local Weekend Guide

There is a great line up of events this weekend from shopping at Old Town boutiques and yard sales to free yoga. Here are some of the highlights from the event calendar

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods weekend guide

The Results of the King Street Bike Lane Poll are in!


Thank you to all of you who responded to the community poll on installing bike lanes on King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane and for sharing your comments. The results are being shared with The City of Alexandria. To read more about the bike lane proposal, click here

Neighborhoods bike lanes

This week's featured organization is...Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture!

This week’s featured nonprofit is Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Arcadia manages four programs to engage the community in food sustainability, education, and distribution.

Health Arcadia Farm, children, featured organization, health

Your Weekend Guide!

Fall is gearing up and there are tons of fun events happening on the weekends! Here are some of the highlights for this weekend:

Saturday, 9/14

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods arts, community, food, weekend fun

Browse, Buy, Create at The King Street Art Festival!


What a great fall weekend to enjoy the King Street Art Festival! This morning's weather made me even more excited to get outside tomorrow and check out the incredible array of artists that will be lining King Street tomorrow and Sunday.

Arts & Culture alexandria family events, art festival, fall, king street

Holy Cow Donates Over 40,000 Quarters to Local Nonprofits

This post was originally featured on Causetown's blog by Kevin Markham. 

holy_cow_25_centsThe idea originated last year after a citywide fundraising day for nonprofits in Alexandria, Virginia. Restaurateur “Mango Mike” Anderson, the owner of Mango Mike’s, and John Porter, executive director of the community foundation ACT for Alexandria , wanted to give local charities a new way to raise funds year-round to supplement their normal fundraising activities. So when Anderson and his business partner Bill Blackburn launched a “gourmet burger joint” called Holy Cow in November 2012, they decided to donate a quarter for every burger sold to a local nonprofit of the customer’s choice.

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods