Last June, ACTion Alexandria announced the winners of the Green Ideas Challenge, a competition to find the best ideas for making Alexandria greener and cleaner. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from The Dominion Foundation, ACTion was able to fund four projects benefiting Alexandria. Six months into the projects, ACTion went back to check in with the 2014 grantees.
We're in the homestretch of Fall into Giving, a virtual donation drive for goods and items to benefit nonprofits serving Alexandria. Through Friday, October 31, the links to Amazon wish lists of 28 local nonprofits will be posted on ACTion Alexandria.
Get ready for the season of pumpkins, Halloween decorations, turkey and...5K races! Whether you're a serious runner, a not-so serious runner, or just want a fun, less time consuming way to make an impact in your community, fall weekends in Alexandria are packed with road races that benefit nonprofits supporting a range of causes.
From April-May, ACTion asked you for your best ideas for making Alexandria an even greener, more sustainable place to live. You rose to the challenge and submitted 17 amazing ideas. Thank you for your creativity and innovation!
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.
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is hosting a public open house on Thursday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 2900 Business Center Drive to receive public input on a coordinated park plan for Cameron Run Regional Park, Lake Cook, Hensley Park, and the Clermont Natural Area.
The 7th Annual Del Ray Music Festival will feature music, food, and games. The festival will include a wide range of musical styles including reggae, jazz, blues, swing, folk, country, Celtic and rock. For more information, please visit: http://www.delraymusicfestival.com/about/
Join The Fund for Alexandria's Child for live music and dancing as well as a Papparazzi Prize Pull, raffle, and silent auction. Learn more and find out ticket pricing: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-among-the-stars-tickets-11073211273.
Members of the public are invited to attend a Joint Meeting of the Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group and the Four Mile Run Joint Task Force on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 7pm – 9pm at the Conservancy at Four Mile Run Park (4109 Mt.
Registration is required. At this workshop you will learn how to build, install and maintain a rain barrel, and take one home! Cost for a build your own barrel is $55 for each barrel with PayPal/credit card payment or by check. Limit 2 rain barrels per household at each workshop.
What better place for learning through the arts than outdoors? Exuberant and boisterous or contemplative and inspired, in all its forms-dance, music, storytelling, drama, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture and weaving-there are many great reasons to experience the arts outdoors.
The Beauregard Design Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 18 from 7pm – 9pm, at Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave. The meeting topics will include the discussion of the Seminary Overlook Development Special Use Permit application (DSUP2013-0026).
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.
The City of Alexandria will kick off a community meetings series for the Waterfront’s Landscape and Flood Mitigation design process with an Evening with Laurie Olin, renowned landscape architect, Tuesday, October 15, 2013, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the United Way Worldwide Building, 701 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA.
Come to Arcadia Farm, meet the staff, and learn about the sustainable farm! Activities include chicken encounters, cake walk, bobbing for apples, egg & spoon relay, pumpkins, bee keeping demo, goat wrangling, farm volunteering, cooking demonstrations, snacks, and hot apple cider.
The 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.
On this, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, we should take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous leadership Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided the Civil Rights Movement and continues to provide today. Over the thirteen years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership, the nonviolent, grassroots efforts of citizens from across the country led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters reducing the numbers being euthanized. Most of our dogs come from rural shelters in South and North Carolina. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door.
UpCycle CRC is a non-profit organization working to collect and redistribute reusable materials for art and learning purposes. Businesses and community members donate reusable items to our center, which in turn are made available to the community. Teachers, students, artists, crafters, and generally anyone looking for supplies may obtain materials at affordable prices at UpCycle.
Volunteer Alexandria has compiled the following Hotlist of local volunteer opportunities. Please contact the agency directly if you are interested in the opportunity and reference Volunteer Alexandria.
Sadly, Spring2ACTion is officially over. But today, we get to celebrate the results and the amazing generousity of our community. With your help, we raised $659,591 from 5,872 givers in just 24 hours! Thank you, thank you, thank you! None of this would be possible without YOU!
As more community leaders around the country see the value of creating a youth master plan, many of them wonder about the critical task of getting good public input—that's why Alexandria is inspiring its residents to get involved.
Join thousands of Americans by pledging to recycle more on Thursday, November 15. As part of the City’s Eco-City Alexandria initiative, the City strives to continue increasing residential and commercial recycling rates.
How are you recycling more? Make the pledge online or take part in two local events on Saturday, November 17:
Unfortunately the Mount Jefferson Park playground renovation isn't completed yet due to inclement weather days and unexpected utility and tree conditions. The remaining work items include rubber surfacing--scheduled to be installed this week and general site cleanup/restoration. The new estimate completion date is October 25.
The City of Alexandria is kicking off a nine month outreach campaign to listen to what residents have to say about six of the City's parks. How do you use the parks? What do you like about the parks? What do you hope to see in the parks in the future?
These discussions will help guide the City's plans and decisions on how the parks evolve over time.
ACTion Alexandria is proud to announce we're cosponsoring an Alexandria mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum Sponsored with the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP and Patch on Monday, October 15, 2012 at George Washington Middle School’s auditorium from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Even better than sponsoring a candidate forum, we're giving you an opportunity to be a substantial part of it.
In case you or anyone you know or work with is interested in starting a business...please note that the ACPS Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center is offering START IT UP: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship!
After adding on the almost $700 in cash donation made at Alexandria branches of Virginia Commerce Bank, our presenting sponsor, Spring2ACTion 2012 raised more than $320,000 for Alexandria nonprofits in just 24 hours! Spring2ACTion is the biggest Alexandria fundraising event ever thanks to you!
What your contributions mean for local nonprofits
Casa Chirilagua can now start an after-school middle school program for kids living in the Chirilagua area of Arlandria.
The Art League can build a new art facility to continue to provide affordable art education.
YMCA Alexandria can provide 21 more kids scholarships to summer camp.
Friends of Guest House can continue parenting classes for women coming out of incarceration to help them transition successfully back into community and family life.
Senior Services of Alexandria is able to extend its Meals on Wheels Program to serve seniors on more Saturdays and Sundays.
ACTion Alexandria's biggest action of the year, Spring2ACTion, begins at midnight on May 2, and we urge you to help us make it a record breaker. Last year, we all worked together to raise $104,000. This year, our goal is to help local nonprofits raise $200,000 in just 24 hours!
Civic engagement is what ACTion Alexandria is all about and what's more civic than voting? It's been a boisterous year in city politics, and with more than a baker's dozen worth of candidates running for City Council, it's hard for a lot of us to figure out which candidates best represent our vision for our community.
So, we are turning the tables on traditional political debates by giving YOU the starring role in our online forum.
How would you make Alexandria a greener, more sustainable community?
On February 29, 2012, Eco-City Alexandria, Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, and ACTion Alexandria teamed up to launch the Alexandria Green Ideas Challenge. We asked Alexandria to submit their ideas for making Alexandria a greener, more sustainable community. Our goal was to harness the incredible talent, intelligence and creativity of Alexandria citizens to generate and prioritize ideas for sustainability and serve as a community catalyst to move our city closer to being a true eco-city!
On Wednesday, May 2nd, our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving.
Spring2ACTion is one extraordinary day to support the organizations that make Alexandria amazing. ACT and ACTion Alexandria, in partnership with our sponsors, are offering up to $30,000 in cash and prizes to help increase fundraising efforts by participating organizations and individual fundraisers. Real-time tracking will be displayed on the leader board at www.Spring2ACTion.org on May 2.