ACTion Alexandria Blog

10 Ways to Give Back in Alexandria

Somehow we are already in the midst of the holiday season, and there are many great, local organizations that need help. Here are 10 ways to give back to Alexandria this holiday season: 

Neighborhoods animals, children, community foundation, give back, holiday, neighbors, pay it forward, toys, wish list

APYC Christmas Tree Sale

Buy your Christmas Tree from the Alexandria Police Youth Camp (APYC) and help  children from Alexandria have the time of their lives! 

Day in the life of a APYC Camper: 

Education AYPC, christmas tree, summer camp

Sign the Petition to Protect Charitable Giving!

Did you know that for every $1 a donor gets in tax relief, the public typically receives $3 of benefit? 

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods charitable giving, protect giving, tax deduction

Community Lodgings' Christmas Store


In 1987, Community Lodgings was founded by eight Alexandria churches with a mission to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency. Subsequently, Community Lodgings purchased five apartment buildings in the Arlandria community of Alexandria.

Food & Shelter Christmas list, community lodgings

Coats for Kids!

Captain Willie Bailey and Fairfax and Alexandria firefighters in partnership with Operation Warm provided over 3000 brand new winter coats for kids in the Fairfax and Alexandria are this year.

Health coats for kids, firefighters and friends to the rescue, operation warm

Charity Craft Fair at TC Williams High School

For the past three years, TC Williams HS students, along with engineering teacher, Jennifer Moshier, have helped organize and run a craft fair to help raise money for a Rochester, NY-based organization, Joining Hearts and Hands.  This organization promotes economic improvements in Kenya and Tanzania by setting up microbusinesses, building schools, and much more!

Education Craft Fair, education, TC Williams

Alexandria Shelter Walk benefits Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Alexandria's animals

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) invites community members to participate in the Second Annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on October 20, 2013.

Neighborhoods animal adoption, animal shelter, animal welfare, dog walk, dogs, fundraiser, pets, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, walk

Where can you find Zumba, Parkour, and Salsa Dancing? At Rock & Stroll To End Homelessness!

Join hundreds of area residents this weekend at Rock & Stroll to End Homelessness at Cameron Run Regional Park to raise awareness and fund to fight homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Activities include:

Food & Shelter homelessness, rock&stroll

King Street Bicycle Lanes


The City of Alexandria is planning on resurfacing King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane in the fall. Within the resurfacing plans, The City is propsing to install bicycle lanes in both directions and narrow the moving lanes to calm traffic.

Health, Neighborhoods bike lanes