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This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight Alexandria Jaycees

alexandria_jaycees_logoWhat Is Alexandria Jaycees?

The Alexandria Jaycees, a chapter of the Virginia Jaycees, works to advance the community and members of the Jaycees program while providing civic, social and business training and opportunities to young adults in Alexandria. While there are hundreds of Chapters of Jaycees around the world, members develop skills and promote their communities in the four areas of community service, leadership and individual development, networking and fundraising. Founded in 1940, the 100 adults aged 21 to 40 that comprise the Alexandria Jaycees commonly are referred to as the “junior chamber of commerce” because of their partnership with the U.S Junior Chamber. The Alexandria Jaycees strive to promote community service through leadership development of its members while continuing to be one of the largest and best chapters in Virginia.

Education leadership, volunteering, youth development

This Week’s Spotlight is The Dunbar Alexandria Olympic Boys and Girls Club

What is The Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club?

Since 1936, The Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club has been serving as a branch of the Boys and Girls Club of America. Impacting millions of people age 6-18, the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club follows the same positive and hopefully standards as the Boys and Girls Club of America. As a whole the Boys and Girls club strive to help men and women meet challenges and gives opportunity and optimism to the youth.


This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is At Home in Alexandria

at_home_alexandria_logoWhat Is At Home in Alexandria?

At Home in Alexandria is an all in one stop for information and services for Alexandria's senior citizens. AHA! provides members of the program with service ranging from doctor appointments to home repair to grocery shopping. Senior citizens are able to receive assisstance from the program to live their daily life, while still independent and not relying on family or friends to do every task for them.

Food & Shelter, Health senior services

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is The Child and Family Network Centers

cfnc_kidsWhat Is The Child and Family Network Centers?

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.

Food & Shelter children, education

This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is DreamDog Foundation

dream_dog_foundation_earth_day_filmingWhat Is The DreamDog Foundation?

Works to build self-esteem, create opportunities of learning and and wellness through multi-media edu

Education Alexandria, children, creativity, dreamdog, education, learning, literacy, reading

This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is The Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria

concerned_citizens_network_of_alexandria_logoWhat Is the Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria?

The Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria has an extensive vision to create “A model community where all stakeholders contribute to student education and to the opportunity for every student to realize their individual potential.” To one day reach this vision, the CCNA works to reduce dropout rates, increase student achievement levels, change impact from a “risk” to a “promise”, develop partnerships among all communities and increase the number of students transitioning from high school into higher education or career paths in the Alexandria City Public Schools. These efforts are in part with other nonprofit organizations, local government and businesses, faith based organization and educators.


Education Alexandria, education

This Week’s Spotlight is The Alexandria Singers

alexandria_singers_photoWhat is The Alexandria Singers?

The Alexandria Singers is comprised of members of the DMV community that love to perform. These performers, under director Bill Colosimo, perform popular American music around the local area and have been doing so since 1975. The singers can and have been hired to perform at various events such the Festival of Lights and at the Verizon Center. Members of the group, currently with 47 Alexandria Singers, are responsible for member dues, attending rehearsals and performance and participating in community events to coordinate supply collections for other organizations.

Arts & Culture alexandria singers, arts and culture, music