Through its extraordinary network of partners and volunteers, ALIVE! provides emergency and basic needs support for Alexandrians facing hunger, eviction, job loss, homelessness, health crises, and other emergencies. Rising to meet increased demand since the pandemic began, ALIVE! serves 4,000 families (and counting) every month. Through their Eviction Prevention Program, families are able to stay in their homes, with struggling households receiving direct cash assistance to pay rent, utility, and medical bills. Last year alone, more than 150,000 individuals benefited from their food distribution programs. Whatís more, ALIVE! provides safe and healthy shelter for women and their children while helping them work toward permanent housing. Since volunteers lead and staff many of these programs (delivering food, driving the furniture truck, reading to children), 90% of ALIVEís budget directly supports our neighbors in need. Letís keep this humanitarian powerhouse alive Ö and thriving.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria; Citywide

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Alexandria City Public Schools

Awards & Recognition

ALIVE!'s Child Development Center (CDC) received four-star rating in Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) for early childhood education, 2011, 2013, 2015.
Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2015
Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2012
Catalogue For Philanthropy, 2008
Alexandria Commission on Aging "Outstanding Agency" 2008


  • It Starts At Home
    Thu Sep 17 2015, Alexandria Gazette-Packet  
    A commentary authored by ALIVE! Executive Director Diane Charles regarding affordable housing and community engagement.

Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for ALIVE! is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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