ACTion Alexandria Blog

Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

As Typhoon Haiyan leaves a wake of destruction, organizations across the nation are gathering donations and supplies to aid the families affected by this disaster. ACTion Alexandria wanted to share this list from CNN

Food & Shelter aid, children, disaster, donate, families, typhoon

There's a new super hero in town...and he's got ABS!

Education ABS, book drive, children's books, children's literacy, education

Community Lodgings' Christmas Store


In 1987, Community Lodgings was founded by eight Alexandria churches with a mission to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency. Subsequently, Community Lodgings purchased five apartment buildings in the Arlandria community of Alexandria.

Food & Shelter Christmas list, community lodgings

Coats for Kids!

Captain Willie Bailey and Fairfax and Alexandria firefighters in partnership with Operation Warm provided over 3000 brand new winter coats for kids in the Fairfax and Alexandria are this year.

Health coats for kids, firefighters and friends to the rescue, operation warm

Charity Craft Fair at TC Williams High School

For the past three years, TC Williams HS students, along with engineering teacher, Jennifer Moshier, have helped organize and run a craft fair to help raise money for a Rochester, NY-based organization, Joining Hearts and Hands.  This organization promotes economic improvements in Kenya and Tanzania by setting up microbusinesses, building schools, and much more!

Education Craft Fair, education, TC Williams

Alexandria's Community Wish List

Volunteer Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria are teaming up to compile a list of the most pressing items needed for nonprofit organizations located in Alexandria. By putting together a single Alexandria Community Wish List, we hope to raise contributions of items desperately needed by nonprofit organizations but that are not generally donated.

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods donation, holiday, wish list

Keeping Fido Fit

Dogs sure do have it good these days. From high-quality food that is nearly fit for human consumption, to hi-tech toys that make the old Frisbee seem like a prehistoric artifact, there is no better time to be a dog. But living the good life brings its own set of potential problems, canine obesity being one of the most prevalent. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, approximately 25% of dogs are reported to be obese.

Health animal welfare, canine fitness, dogs, Fitness, health, obesity, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Alexandria Shelter Walk benefits Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Alexandria's animals

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) invites community members to participate in the Second Annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on October 20, 2013.

Neighborhoods animal adoption, animal shelter, animal welfare, dog walk, dogs, fundraiser, pets, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, walk

Where can you find Zumba, Parkour, and Salsa Dancing? At Rock & Stroll To End Homelessness!

Join hundreds of area residents this weekend at Rock & Stroll to End Homelessness at Cameron Run Regional Park to raise awareness and fund to fight homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Activities include:

Food & Shelter homelessness, rock&stroll

King Street Bicycle Lanes


The City of Alexandria is planning on resurfacing King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane in the fall. Within the resurfacing plans, The City is propsing to install bicycle lanes in both directions and narrow the moving lanes to calm traffic.

Health, Neighborhoods bike lanes