From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. -Luke 12:48

ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically)

ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers from nearly 40 religious congregations, including Christ Church, and the community, working together to help those in need in Alexandria, VA.

ALIVE! programs serve more than 10,000 Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs. More than 700 volunteers a year help ALIVE! fulfill the mission to put faith and love into action.

ALIVE! programs staffed by Christ Church volunteers include:

  • Family Emergency Program 
  • Emergency Food Delivery 
  • House wares Committee 
  • Grant Writer
  • Furniture Warehouse Coordinator
  • Furniture Delivery Program
  • House Shelter
  • Child Development Center
  • Last Saturday Food Distribution 

Ministry needs:

All ALIVE! programs welcome Christ Church volunteers. Christ Church parishioners are particularly needed for ALIVE! Family Emergency Program, the ALIVE! Emergency Food Delivery Program, and the ALIVE! Last Saturday of the Month.

ALIVE! Family Emergency Program, volunteers answer phone calls from social service agencies, clergy, and individuals in need of emergency assistance food, financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical treatment, prescriptions, and work-related equipment. For the Emergency Food Delivery program, volunteers pick up pre-packed bags of food from the ALIVE! Family Emergency Office at First Christian Church and deliver it according to referral cards completed by the ALIVE! Family Emergency Worker.

ALIVE! Furniture Delivery Program, volunteers are needed at various times to pick up donated furniture items and deliver them to families in need who are moving into permanent housing.

ALIVE! Last Saturday Food Distribution, volunteers are needed at all three distribution centers, Church of the Resurrection, 2280 North Beauregard St., Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave., and Ladrey Senior High Rise, 300 Wythe St. The last Friday night of the month volunteers are needed from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to off load food from trucks into the Cora Kelly Recreation Center to prepare for the next morning. The last Saturday morning of the month volunteers are also needed to help distribute the food items to those in need from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Training provided:

Yes. Appropriate training is provided for each program. New volunteers are often paired with experienced ones for several days to provide confidence in handling the broad variety of situations that workers experience.

Meetings and time required:

That depends on the program. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities, so the meetings and time requirements differ depending on the program.


The experience of assuring that services are provided to those in need and a better understanding of the needs of low income Alexandrians.

Who can I contact to find out more or to get involved?

For more information, please contact Rawles Jones.