ALIVE! : (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congregations and the community working together to help those in need. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in our community. ALIVE! serves thousands of Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares. The Trinity community supports ALIVE! in several ways. Nonperishable food donations are collected every April and November for ALIVE!'s food pantry. Trinity members and friends are major supporters of the annual Step ALIVE! walkathon in Alexandria on the first Sunday in May, which raises funds to support the attendance of preschool-age children from low-income families at ALIVE!'s Child Development Center. On two Saturday mornings every July, Trinity members are asked to help the ALIVE! Furniture Program by spending 3 to 4 hours with an ALIVE! box truck, driver, and other volunteers picking up donated furniture and delivering it to households of Alexandrians in need. As they have since ALIVE!'s founding in 1969, Trinity members individually support ALIVE!'s many programs with their time, energy, and financial assistance, in addition to an annual financial contribution from Trinity's Missions. To learn more about ALIVE!, visit www.alive-inc.org. For additional information or to learn about volunteer opportunities contact Mary Gillman.
Bikes for the World:
Help with Bikes for the World
in May, collecting bicycles to be refurbished and sent to third world countries to provide transportation. For more information, contact Gordon Johnson
Trinity regularly supports INOVA's life saving blood bank services. Inova Blood Donor Services supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals
in Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC, metro area. We also work with national and international redistribution organizations to get blood where it's needed most. Since 1965 donors like you have helped Inova provide a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in our diverse community. But today the demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing. We need you more than ever! For more information contact: Sharon Taylor
Community Lodgings, Inc.:
A non-profit located in the Arlandria, the poorest section of Alexandria has a mission to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency. They take homeless families from the shelters and over a two-year period provide apartments and intensive case management and other services for 14 homeless families at a time, helping them to reach the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. Community Lodgings also works with over 90 homeless and low-income children and their parents each day at their Family Learning Center, ensuring that they increase academic achievement and decrease at-risk behavior. Trinity supports Community Lodgings through 1) an annual financial contribution and 2) the Fannie Mae “Help the Homeless” walkathon… each Autumn our Trinity members are asked to sponsor a child for $15 and an adult for $25 in the Trinity “Help the Homeless Mini-Walk” where the youth and adults of the church participate in an educational program about homelessness and then walk on behalf of Community Lodgings’ homeless families. Click here to learn more about Community Lodgings
Prepare and serve dinner at Christ House Soup Kitchen in Old Town Alexandria on the second Sunday of each month. 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Contact Katie Cook
Gleaning team: Collect vegetables and fruits left in the field after harvesting for distribution to food banks. One major area of food waste in America is in farmers’ fields, where crops that don’t meet top-grade quality are left to rot or be plowed under. Gleaning is the traditional biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or be plowed under after harvest. The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy.
Tens of thousands of volunteers from churches, synagogues, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other organizations participate each year in Society of St. Andrew gleaning activities. Each year, tens of millions of pounds of produce are salvaged and given to the poor at no cost to them or to the food pantry or kitchen that feeds them.
Gleaners are people of all ages and income levels who want to give of themselves. Usually within 48 hours of picking the produce, hungry Americans receive the gleaned food. Each year, 35,000-40,000 people glean with us – to pick up over 20 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food for their hungry neighbors. Contact Paul Taylor
a United Methodist ministry to the homeless and disenfranchised in the Route One corridor. Trinity supports Rising Hope through an annual financial contribution, as well as by collecting food and clothing for donation. Ongoing, except for the months of April and November. Rising Hope contact: Jenessa Stokes
Salvation Army's Angel Tree:
Sponsor a child on the Angel Tree at Christmas time by buying toys, books, clothes, or a special gift for a child in need. Program Description and Impact: Angel Tree is a personalized holiday assistance program in which an individual sponsor or group sponsor purchases new clothing and toys for a deserving child (or “Angel”) in need. In 2015, The Salvation Army, with the help of numerous generous sponsors, provided holiday gifts to 14,500 children in the National Capital Area. For many of our registered kids, the gifts they receive through the Angel Tree Program will be the only ones they open on Christmas morning. For more information on Trinity's Angel Tree Program contact Jon and Michelle Hoganson