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Stories of Impact: Urban Alliance in (Spring2)ACTion

Urban Alliance in (Spring2)ACTion

By Alessandra Colia and Kyle Storms

What a difference a year makes! Urban Alliance, a youth development organization that empowers under-resourced youth through paid internships, kicked off its first year serving Northern Virginia high school seniors in the fall of 2013.

Education interns, spring2action, Urban Alliance, workforce development, youth development

Gearing Up for School: Alexandria School Supply Drive

From rulers to spiral notebooks to backpacks and new clothes, it takes a lot to equip kids for school. With the Virginia Tax Holiday on school supplies from August 1 to August 3, it's an opportune time to not only pick up supplies for your family but also to grab some extra pencils and crayons for students whose families are unable to afford the long list of needed items for the upcoming school year.  

Education alexandria city public schools, Back to School Supplies, early care and education, FACE, students

Clean Your Closet: Professional Clothes Needed for Urban Alliance Interns

High school seniors participating in Urban Alliance's summer internship program are in urgent need of professional clothing. Urban Alliance has helped over 10,000 youth to date graduate from high school, gain work experience, and start college. The students' experiences in professional settings are a critical part of their success.

Education internships, professional clothing, Urban Alliance

Congratulations Green Idea Challenge Winners!

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! 

Environment art, Dominion Foundation, environment, green ideas, recycling, trees, wetland

Project Play launches Alexandria Plays! A new playground mapping website for Alexandria...

      Play where? Play how? Play NOW! Project Play has launched a mobile-friendly website to help parents and caregivers find places for young children to play in and around Alexandria.

Education, Neighborhoods Alexandria, Code for Ameria, family, mapping, playgrounds, project play

Animeals: Delivering Pet Food to Senior Pet Owners


Senior Services of Alexandria is partnering with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria on a new program called “Animeals on Wheels” pet food delivery to senior pet owners in the City of Alexandria. 

Food & Shelter, Health animal welfare league of alexandria, Animeals, donations, pets, senior services of alexandria, volunteer

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.

Food & Shelter donate, Double Dollars, healthy families, nutrition, old town farmers market, snap

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.

Neighborhoods crowdsourcing data, hackathon, National Day of Civic Hacking, playgrounds, project play

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. 

Education Brent Place Apartments, desk drive, education, reading

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.

Environment Alexandria Earth Day, ben brenman park, bike to work, environment, green ideas challenge