For more than 25 years, The Child and Family Network Centers has been working to prevent at-risk children from failing out of school. The CFNC belives that the success of students starts at a young age and therefore provides a free and fully accredited preschool for poverty stricken families in Northern Virginia. Currently over 200 children and families receive support from The Child and Family Network Centers throughout there six sites in Alexandria and Arlington.
The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is currently experiencing a shortage of mentors! Our City’s children need you! If you are able to mentor/tutor a child for an average of 1 hour a week, please contact the AMP Coordinator at 703-746-4475 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!
Compromised of teenagers from the ages of 13-18, Kids Helping Kids serves to help an even younger generation of youth through charitable contribution. Inspired by the events after 9/11, teenagers Ainsley Morris and Joanna and Remy Kauffmann, decided to form a non-profit organization benefitting the children of Alexandria. Through their annual Lemonade Day and their ability to find sponsors, locate other volunteers and spread awareness, Kids Helping Kids has continuously accomplished their goals.
The Reading Connection (TRC) reads to kids and gives them books to instill the love of reading in them. A love of reading can make all the difference between academic success or failure. Last year they served 1,500 children and distributed 9,096 books. TRC’s vision is that every child in the program will be regular and passionate readers.
Hosted by Congressman James P. Moran as part of the national Congressional program, this exhibition recognizes the creative talents of Northern Virginia’s young artists. One exhibiting youth will receive the honor of having their art work displayed in the U. S. Capitol for one year.
In conjunction with PAL (People Animals Love), a Washington, D.C.-based animal therapy organization. 1st through 5th graders sign up for 15-minute slots, during which they each read to a furry friend and listener.
For more information, call the library at 703-746-1705.
The Campagna Center is a non profit organization in Alexandria that supports the community's children in need. It is located in Old Town. The center helps more than 1,700 children and their families everyday.
Project Playofficially launched on November 17th. Since, we have received a total of 11 playspaces for Ideas! While this is a great start, we would love to see more playgrounds submitted as an Idea for a Spruce Up Grant.
It has been two years since the Haiti earthquake. If you'll remember, many activists and stars alike joined together to provide relief for those who were suffering in Port-au-Prince and across the countryside. The relief effort was remarkable, but many Haitians still have not received the relief that is so desperatetly needed. Port-au-Prince has been slowly losing its population as people make their way into the countryside. Villages like Abricots have been experiencing growth as this exodus occurs.
Since 1991, this organization has been dedicated to Alexandria's children of need. Throughout the year it focuses on two main projects. The organization has a close working relationship with the Alexandria Department of Human Services, public school social workers, as well as various community service organizations. This allows it to provide assistance to those most vulnerable in our community: our children.
New Hope Housing is a community organization providing homeless individuals and families the tools and shelter to build a better life. Last year New Hope Housing assisted 1,176 individuals, including 242 children, through one or more of its programs. On any given night year round, over 300 persons find hope and hospitality in New Hope Housing’s residential programs. Every year, the organization has two major fundraisers to help accomplish its goals: a Gala and a Walk-a-thon.
The Walk-a-thon is being held this Saturday, November 19th and New Hope Housing needs your help. If you could sponsor a student walker at $20 you could help New Hope be on its way to winning an additional $50,000. To acheive this goal, 3,000 additional students need to be sponsored by Friday, November 18th.
A local Cub Scout troop has been selected as a finalist in the Coleman Continue to Explore Contest! Its video, What did YOU do this weekend? is waiting to be annouced the winner! This is big stuff, only five finalists were chosen out of 256 entries.
Get ready for the holidays! The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is putting on a workshop for families interested in making their own tree ornaments. This creative, free, fun-filled class is great way to fill up the tree with memories. You'll be decorating dough ornaments shaped like items from the museum. Once again, this is a free activity.
Author, Debbie Reece will debut her new children's book "The Christmas Pumpkin" at The Christmas Attic on November 4th. The book challanges readers to believe in something and making it happen. Children of all ages are encouraged to come and have "The Christmas Pumpkin" read to them. This is a free event which will include reading, singing and special green pumpkin coloring activity. Ms.
Its Fall and Its Back! The Annual Agudas Achim Pre-School Sale, Chilren's Extravaganza will take place this year on November 6th from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. There will be a ton of items for you to chose from including clothes sizes Infant through Size 8, Maternity wear, books, toys, games, and much much more.
Join your friends and neighbors on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00PM at Episcopal High School for a charity run/walk. The Haiti Micah Project helps to serve the needs of Haitian children. The group has a partner in Mierbalis, Haiti and together they take on the needs of at-risk youth in the country. A goal for HMP is an 80 bed orphanage.
Program for children aged 6-12 with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. This program includes arts and crafts, games, sports, exercise, life skills and oportunities for socialization. There are monthly themes events and activities. This program is FREE!
ACTion Alexandria is teaming up with the Childhood Obesity Action Network, Get Healthy Alexandria, and Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington to launch Project Play.
What is Project Play?
Project Play is an effort focused on increasing play opportunities in Alexandria. The ultimate goal of Project Play is to ensure that every child in Alexandria has a quality space to play and you can be a part of it!
Get into the swing at this year's Chamber tournament and a portion of the proceeds will benefit ALIVE!, the largest private safety net for people in need in the City of Alexandria. A canned food donation drive will also be held on the day of the tournament. ALIVE!
Brain development in the first 3 years is critical to life-long academic outcomes and the language and literacy rich environment provided by the CAC developmental playgroups help address the gap in development of young children for some of the most vulnerable and underserved families in Alexandria.
This fun filled, cultural enriching, and completely engaging festival features live performances, puppet theatre, fine art displays, interactive workshops, poetry readings and opportunities for youth to sell their art. Food and beverage sales will be available, and the festival will be held rain or shine.
Can you help a homeless mother keep her job by helping us provide transportation for her children? The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless needs 5-10 volunteers to take turns picking up children from summer school through the months of July and August. Schools get out at 11:00, 12:00, and 12:30, respectively.
The festival features live entertainment, children’s activities, and traditional arts and crafts from South America, Bolivia, Peru, and Central America, and food and beverage sales. Sponsored by Tenants and Workers United
Join us on Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to knit or crochet baby items for Alternative House! Alternative House provides shelter and support to abused and homeless children and their families. Please plan to use machine washable material for the hats.
Help ensure that Northern Virginia’s neediest and most at-risk children can spend the summer learning and growing! In order to ensure that CFNC students have a fun and safe summer at CFNC’s Summer Program, CFNC is in need of the following items:
The Miracle League has started work on their very first baseball field that is accessible to wheelchairs. The league is made up of children and adults from the Alexandria Therapeutic Recreation Department.
Fuse Box, a group of local kids that play concerts to benefit different organizations, will be playing a concert to benefit The Center for Alexandria's Children. Please let them know if you are planning to attend because space is limited. A suggested donation of $15 in advance or $20 at the door is requested.
Carpenter's Shelter has a client who is trying to start her own business! Currently she is working hard to become a certified home care provider. She needs your help to get started! Below is a list of items she needs:
We need a few more books for grades K-2 to round out the summer reading packs for this year's book drive. Reading during the summer allows children to maintain their skills until the new school year starts and this is especially critical for children without many books at home or without easy access to libraries.It's easy to chip in:
When we launched the new ACTion Alexandria on the evening of February 7th, we didn’t really know what to expect. We knew what we’d like to see happen, but hoping for something and seeing your expectations exceeded week after week are two very different things.
It tooks us a little bit longer to get our final tally for the Arlandria Health Center for Pediatrics Pedialyte action launched two weeks ago, but we finally got it. 20 Alexandrians took action and donated 320 single servings of pediatric electrolyte solution (192 liquid and 128 freezer pops), That's double our goal of 160!
Disposable diapers are expensive. An adequate supply of disposable diapers can cost between $100 and $120 a month, and safety net programs do not cover their cost. For a family struggling with homelessness, the cost of diapers can seem insurmountable. Community Lodgings and organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient is, in desperate need of disposable diapers for children living in transitional housing and attending their Family Learning Center.
Our 5th Annual Book Drive for Summer Reading is fast approaching! With our partner, Wright to Read, we aim to provide 1,200 local children with three new or gently used books to enjoy during the summer break. Please help us reach our goal by:
In 2009, 9.9 percent of Alexandria residents had income below the poverty level, which is about $22,000 in annual income for a family of four. 5.3 percent of Alexandria residents had income of 50 percent or less than the poverty level ($11,000 dollars or less). Although these figures are close to state averages, poverty rates for Alexandria's young people are much higher, and are far above state averages.
Mission accomplished and then some! That's right Alexandria, thanks to you and our action sponsor the Running Brooke Fund, 24 Alexandrians took action and helped Carpenter's Shelter raise a total of $1495.00 toward milk and after school snacks for children living at the shelter!
The Arlandria Health Center for Pediatrics, managed by Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, often gives children who are ill with diarrhea and/or vomiting pediatric electrolyte solution, such as Pedialyte™, to prevent dehydration. However, their supplies are running low. The Center needs 160 single servings of Pedialyte™ or it's equivalent to treat infants and young children.
Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services need children's books for children ages 6 months to 5 years old to support the Reach Out and Read program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Do you have three 2 drawer locking file cabinets that need a good home? Healthy Families Alexandria needs file cabinets to enable staff to organize and store confidential files and documents. If you have new or used 2 drawer locking filing cabinets, they could not find a better home.