ACTion Alexandria Blog

Support Your Neighbors In Need! Double The Dollars For Low Income Families.



Do you enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables?  Shouldn’t every Alexandrian?

Help bring fresh and local foods to all Alexandria residents by supporting our Old Town Farmers’ Market Double Dollar Program! This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Old Town Farmers' Market located in Market Square in front of City Hall.

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If You Hack, Hack for Change

Thank you to Lauren Houser from SPECTRUM for the following blog post: 

118 events. 97 cities. And the numbers are still growing. May 31-June 1, 2014 marks the Second Annual National Civic Day of Hacking – 24 fast-paced hours that bring together dedicated technology enthusiasts of all backgrounds to improve communities around the country.  Spectrum is a proud sponsor of the hackathon hosted by Code for NoVA at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, which will rally Washington, DC and northern Virginia locals behind important community challenges.

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Computer C.O.R.E. Offers Career-Building Workshops in Northern Virginia

Are you interested in gaining new professional skills or developing those you already have? Maybe your chances for a promotion at work would be increased by improving your professional writing, learning the Quickbooks accounting program, or just improving your public speaking. If this is you, Computer C.O.R.E.’s Career Jumpstarter workshops, held in Alexandria, could be the perfect place to give your career a boost.

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Students at Brent Place Apartments Receive Desks!

"Purple! My favorite!" said one of the students who had just received a desk during the My Homework Space celebration. Through a community partnership with ACTion Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, Wright to Read, Bienvenidos, Community Lodgings and Samuel Tucker Elementary School, more than 15 students who live at Brent Place Apartments received their own desks to do their homework and read nightly. 

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Going Green in Alexandria!

There's nothing like a warm weekend of outdoor activities to make you appreciate how beautiful Alexandria really is. From taking photos of the cherry blossoms to biking on the Mount Vernon Trail to bird watching by the Potomac River, Alexandria is full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

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RunningBrooke on ACTive Kids!

Brooke Curran, founder of RunningBrooke, shares these words about the importance of kids being active and healthy: 

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Congratulations Pet Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Pet Photo Contest and the Social Media Animal Ambassador initiative! Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thank you to King Street Cats and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for working with ACTion! Prizes for the contest were provided by Profeed Pet Nutrition Center, Andrea's Pet Services, The Southlawn Pet Spa, and Nature's Nibbles

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Three year anniversary infographic!

Happy Third Birthday ACTion Heroes!

In the past three years, you have helped to create an innovative, online platform for solving challenges and sharing ideas in Alexandria. Together, we have contributed toys, desks, books and diapers.

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The City of Alexandria Seeks Nominees for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award

The City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the Sixth Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award.

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