Our ACTion Hero, Brooke Sydnor Curran, is a rising star!
Brooke was awarded the "Rising Star" award at the annual Salute to Women Awards. She was one of 11 incredible women who received awards on March 18.
The "Rising Star" award is given to women who have less than a total of five years of volunteer service in Alexandria who has made significant contributions to the well-being of the women in the Alexandria community, particularly through community service or other volunteer projects.
Jefferson-Houston is a school on the move. We have seen great progress since the Superintendent's Transformation was put into place in Summer 2011.
•Principal Rice-Harris has come on board with a new school leadership team and many new staff.
•We have added 90 minutes to the school day and started a new reading program.
•We have hired an outside partner, American Institutes for Research, to review and enhance our math instruction.
•Most important, we have created an environment of personalized attention for each student. And we are starting to see the benefits.
Even with our most energetic and focused efforts, some students are not where they need to be academically. To give our students the extra help they need to move forward, we are creating “All Hands on Deck,” a coordinated call to our community to support them.
Become a Mentor and Change Two LivesSOHO is an creative mentorship program that serves pre-teen girls by providing yearlong mentoring through engagement in life skills instruction, creative art activities and meaningful community service projects.
Come help kick off inauguration weekend with a celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and volunteer! On Saturday, January 19th, hundreds of volunteers will assist nonprofit agencies providing services to people in need as well as provide educational activities to children and youth. In Alexandria, volunteers are needed to assist children and teenagers creating a story book. Volunteers are needed for set up, registration, implementing arts and crafts projects, clean up, and much more. Adult volunteers are needed to facilitate discussion groups with a smaller group of children. Interested adults should contact Jason Ellis at email@example.com. Teenagers are needed to create activities prior to event day. Interested youth should contact Shawn Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy is still pounding her way northward into to Canada as millions here on the eastern seaboard and Carribean are still recovering. Although the DMV area had significant damage, the Carribean, New Jersey, New York, parts of Connecticut and West Virginia are devastated.
Some quick facts about the aftermath:
More than 65 people lost their lives in the Carribean
74 people were killed in the US
More than 1 million people are displaced after evacuating the area
In New York, 6,100 people stayed in shelters
More than 6.2 million people are still without power
We at ACTion Alexandria hope that you are safe at home and with friends or family. Unfortunately, over a hundred thousand Northern Virginians lost power and too many had trees fall on their homes or cars. The entire East Coast was devastated by Hurricane Sandy - most notably in New Jersey and New York.
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.
Adopting a shelter animal is an amazing way to change lives. Not only are you rescuing a homeless animal in need, but your life and the lives of your family members are sure to change as well. Many of us want to help homeless animals in any way possible, but the reality is that adoption simply isn't an option for everyone. However, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's foster care program is an excellent alternative for animal lovers that are able to provide temporary care.
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.
Volunteers are needed for the Sixth Annual Del Ray Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2012. The festival runs from 10am to 10pm on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue and includes a diverse line up of music, food and games.
Volunteering is a geat way to be a part of this fun community event.
ALIVE! needs 4 or 5 volunteers to help sort and distribute food on Saturday, May 26 at 8:15am for their Last Saturday Food Distribution at the Church of the Resurrection site. If you can volunteer, please send an email to email@example.com or call 703-837-9300 ext. 2.
It is a nonprofit in Norhtern Virginia that teach adults techinical skills they did not learn as kids. Most of the students hold one or more low-wage jobs (usually without opportunities for advancement). Many are first-generation immigrants and two-thirds are women. Most of today's more well paying jobs require computer proficiency. Computer C.O.R.E. gives a sixth month training course and helps students learn basics including Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail and the Internet. The best feature: after two months they will receive a free desktop to continue to practice on at home and it also gives them a chance to teach family members.
SCAN of Northern Virginia is an organization that serves Alexandria's most vulnerable children: those that are and have been abused. It has formed a coalition to increase community involvement to prevent abuse and neglect.
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.
The City of Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center is looking for volunteers to be hotline companions on our 24/7 crisis hotline. Duties include providing support and resources over the phone and accompanying victims of sexual assault to the hospital and police station. A 5-week, comprehensive training class will begin on Monday, February 6th.
As a program that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, volunteers play a key role in providing services to those affected by domestic violence. Volunteers with our program interact personally with individuals in need--an opportunity that many find extremely fulfilling.
ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is comprised of volunteers from religious organizations throughout the city of Alexandria. Since 1968, ALIVE! has been helping the most vulnerable citizens in our community and has become the largest private safety net for those in need. ALIVE! provides shelter, low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs, food and other household items.
The Fund for Alexandria's Childneeds your help this Holiday Season. Its looking for donors to provide gifts for low income families, foster children, senior citizens or persons with disabilities through the Holiday Sharing Program.
After you've signed up to participate in the Holiday Sharing, you will receive the wish lists for the participants. Most will include donations of clothing such as a coat or jeans, a toy or recreational item, a book, and perhaps one family request such as a used computer, towels or pots and pans. You can also donate gift cards for teens in foster care (Old Navy, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) and grocery cards for families or seniors.
Veterans Day is the day we officially thank our veterans for the service and sacrifice they've made on our behalf. Without their bravery and dedication, we could not enjoy the safety, security, and freedom that we do.
On Veterans Day, I think of my little sister, who just returned home from her second tour in Iraq. It's easy to forget about the significance of her work. Some of that is because she's not allowed to talk about it, but mostly, it's because military service is her job and she never asks for special recognition for doing her job. That's the case with most active duty and veteran soldiers.They do what they do because keeping us safe is their job.
Today, it's my duty to thank my little sister for her service and sacrifice. On Veterans Day, it's our duty to thank all veterans for what they do for us each and every day.
The Holidays are just around the corner. Thanksgiving is exactly two weeks away, soon after that we will all be subjected to 24-hour Christmas music on our radio stations. The Holidays deliver us all a well deserved break. We get to be around our loved ones more often, eat some really good food, enjoy all the seasonal weather changes from inside a warm home, take advantage of shopping deals and not to mention giving and receiving presents. But, there are many people in our society who do not look forward to any holiday.
Did you know that over 10% of Virginians live at or below the poverty level? There are thousands of citizens that will be hungry, thirsty, cold, lonely, sick and homeless during the Holiday Season. So, perhaps this year, you can use all that Holiday Spirit on something other than multi-colored lights.
The Fund for Alexandria's Child was established to help the most vulnerable foster children and children in our community. Through social workers at the Department of Community & Human Services, the Fund is able to identify children in need and reach out to those who are most at-risk. It helps with the collection and distribution of children's items and offers expertise to fulfill its charge: helping Alexandria's foster children and those at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect.
Make Halloween more fun this year by volunteering at this event on Monday, October 31st! Members of the Rosemont Civic Association and the Maury Elementary School PTA need volunteers to make the annual Halloween at Maury event a great time for the whole family. Help is needed from 5:00PM until clean-up is completed (after 7:00PM).
Volunteer tutors are needed at one of our fine elementary schools. No experience is necessary. Donate half an hour per week to help out a child in need. Douglas MacArthur Elementary School is located at 1101 Janneys Lane.
The 15th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade needs your help this year. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue.
Fall is here and Art on the Avenue is drawing near on Saturday, October 1. Art on the Avenue is staffed exclusively by volunteers. Join the team to spend some quality time with friends and neighbors in Del Ray and do your part to support the arts.
Art on the Avenue needs individual volunteers (and groups!) to work various shifts from 5:30am to 7:00pm on October 1st.
Sunday is the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance. It's a day we pay tribute to those who were lost and to honor the heroes who answered the call to serve on that day and in the weeks and months that followed through action.
As the school year approaches, the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership anticipates needing at least 100 new mentors!
According to the Alexandria Mentoring Program, 50% of Alexandria's young people live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their full potential. With mentoring, that risk is dramatically reduced.
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.
ACTion Alexandria needs volunteer graphic designers and developers with Drupal experience to help with small projects that will help us make a big difference in Alexandria. If you are a creative profressional looking for ways to give back to your community, ACTion Alexandria wants you!
ACTion Alexandria needs volunteer graphic designers and developers with Drupal experience to help with small projects that will help us make a big difference in Alexandria. If you are a creative profressional looking for ways to give back to your community, ACTion Alexandria wants you! We help all the nonprofits in Alexandria so your volunteer work will make a big impact locally.
On Sunday, May 22 between 1:00pm and 5:00 pm, we need volunteers to help replant the Del Ray Farmers Market area. We will be painting the picnic tables, pulling weeds, laying down mulch and moving flowers around. We will also be making a Sunflower Garden in memory of Susan Brown.
Saturday, May 21, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 22, 1 pm to 5 pm we need volunteers to help replant the Del Ray Farmers Market area. We will be painting the picnic tables, pulling weeds, laying down mulch and moving flowers around. We will also be making a Sunflower Garden in memory of Susan Brown.
There are MANY ways to be involved at LTA - EVERYONE is welcome regardless of experience. The following are some of the ways you can be involved. If you would like to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 700 volunteers a year help ALIVE! fulfill the mission to put faith and love into action. Of ALIVE!’s seven programs, five are staffed and managed entirely by volunteers. ALIVE! is Alexandrians helping Alexandrians.
ALIVE! serves thousands Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and houseware.