ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically)

WISH LIST: $100: 500 pounds of food for the pantry; $500: 2 weeks in ALIVE! House for a mother and her children; $1000: a preschool scholarship for a low-income child for 1 month

In 1969, after the Poor People’s March on Washington, a group of Alexandrians representing different faiths realized that many of their neighbors were “falling through the cracks.” They founded ALIVE! to provide the missing safety net. First came The Family Emergency Program, which today meets over 2,000 requests for help with food, rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs. Next came ALIVE! House, which provides temporary shelter for 15 families a year, and the Child Development Center, now a year-round, nationally accredited preschool for at-risk children. And ALIVE! is still going strong, powered by an extraordinary group of committed volunteers who staff the office, sort and deliver food, drive the furniture truck, and read to children. The Food Pantry delivers more than 3,600 bags of donated food to help 2,500 individuals. The Furniture Program collects and delivers over $75,000 worth of furniture to nearly 300 families needing beds, tables, dressers, chairs, and other household necessities. As one client wrote: "Please tell your volunteers that if it wasn't for them ... I wouldn't be here today."