Meghan Simpson's Blog

This week's Nonprofit Spotlight is on Computer C.O.R.E.

03/05/2012 by Meghan Simpson
What is Computer C.O.R.E.?

It is a nonprofit in Norhtern Virginia that teach adults techinical skills they did not learn as kids.computer_core_log 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.

Education Alexandria, Computer CORE, donation, Nonprofit Spotlight, volunteer

This Week's Nonprofit of the Week: Senior Services of Alexandria

02/28/2012 by Meghan Simpson
What is Senior Services of Alexandria?Senior_Services_Logo

Senior Services of Alexandria (formerly Senior Citizens Employment & Services) is a full-service community organization with more than 40 years experience dedicated to helping Alexandria's seniors.

Senior Services of Alexandria's Mission:

To foster independence and self-sufficiency, enabling seniors within the City of Alexandria to age with dignity.

Program Highlights:
Food & Shelter, Health Alexandria, charity, donate, Events, Nonprofit of the week, senior services, Seniors, volunteer, ways to help

This week's Nonprofit Spotlight is Living Legends of Alexandria

02/21/2012 by Meghan Simpson
What is Living Legends of Alexandria?Living_Legends_Oval_Logo

It is a non profit organization that was started by Nina Tisara. It is a catalogue comprised of recent history makers in the city of Alexandria. Nominations are taken, then the catalogue is placed in the Special Collections Department in the Alexandria Library System.


Education Alexandria history, Living Legends, Nonprofit Spotlight

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is Shining on The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

01/30/2012 by Meghan Simpson
What is The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria?The_Scholarship_Fund_of_Alexandria_Logo

It is nonprofit organization that ensures graduating seniors from TC Williams, who have the grades and the desire to continue their studies, will have help financially to make that goal. The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria has delivered more than $8 million in scholarships to over 3,400 students. The past year alone the Fund helped more than 300 students-- which is more than my entire graduating class (125-- whoop whoop, Chatham!).

Education ACPS, alexandria schools, education, Nonprofit Spptlight, scholarships, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

This week's Nonprofit Spotlight is shining on SCAN of Northern Virginia!

01/23/2012 by Meghan Simpson
What is SCAN?SCAN_Northern_Virginia_Logo

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.

Education, Food & Shelter Alexandria's children, child abuse, donate, Nonprofit of the week, Nonprofit Spotlight, SCAN, volunteer, ways to help

This week's Nonprofit Spotlight is Community Lodgings!

12/27/2011 by Meghan Simpson
What is Community Lodgings?Community_Lodgings_Logo

Its a local nonprofit that has been helping the community since 1987. Community Lodgings has grown to provide housing for many families that were either homeless or qualified through low-incomes. 

Food & Shelter community lodgings, donate, homeless in Alexandria, how to help, Nonprofit Spotlight, volunteer

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is shining on The Campagna Center

12/27/2011 by Meghan Simpson
What is the Campagna Center?Campagna_Center_Logo

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.

Education Alexandria Nonprofits, Campagna Center, children, Nonprofit Spotlight, volunteer, ways to help

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is on Hopkins House

12/19/2011 by Meghan Simpson
What is Hopkins House?Hopkins_House_Logo_ELCI

Hopkins House is an early childhood organization that has been serving Alexandria's children and families in need for nearly nine decades. Its need originated from the disappearing of social safety nets in the 1930s-- most importantly the disappearing of nurserys and learning centers for poor children. The first nursery of the newly established organization was in its founders homes.

Education child care centers, early childhood education, Hopkins House, Nonprofit Spotlight, preschool

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is on ALIVE!

12/12/2011 by Meghan Simpson
  • What Is ALIVE!?ALIVE_Logo

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.

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Project Play is Off to the Races!

12/02/2011 by Meghan Simpson

*UPDATES and REMINDERS (((in our disco-pink)))*

$15,000 in Spruce Up Grants are up for grabs.Playground_Assessment_Team_Photo

Project Play officially 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.

Environment, Health, Neighborhoods Alexandria, Alexandria playgrounds, children, grant money, kids, parks, playgrounds, playspaces, project play