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Join in by Giving Back in Alexandria

Gathering for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, at City Hall.

Gathering for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, at City Hall.

Welcome to Alexandria. Whether you are returning to our community or are a newcomer, we are excited to have you as our neighbor.

As you get to know Alexandria, you’ll find our community is rich with parks and cultural opportunities, has some of the best dining and nightlife in the region, offers a connection to many elements of American history and features diverse cultures and neighborhoods.

Alexandrians are known for their generosity. We care about the health and wellbeing of fellow residents and there is a vibrant network of community organizations working hard to ensure that Alexandria is a vibrant place for all.

One of the best ways to get to know our community is by getting involved and participating in the civic life of our city. There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone – from delivering meals to homebound seniors with Senior Services of Alexandria, to helping homeless families get back on their feet at Carpenter’s Shelter, to lending your voice with the Alexandria Harmonizers! Not sure where to begin? Volunteer Alexandria can help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity that aligns with your interests, skills and schedule.

Another way to give back is by focusing your charitable giving in Alexandria. Chances are there’s a nonprofit organization in our community that aligns with your passion. There are many effective, highly respected nonprofits in Alexandria that address a variety of needs and causes. ACT for Alexandria is Alexandria’s community foundation and we are here to help you connect to nonprofits, learn about important issues facing our community and provide guidance on how you can be more effective in your giving.

Community foundations are entities dedicated to improving the quality of life of the local community. We were established to provide a centralized source of support to nonprofit organizations and to help the city, schools, businesses and other organizations partner in new ways. We were also set up to make charitable giving in Alexandria easy. ACT offers donor advised funds — one of the fastest growing charitable giving vehicles in the country. Donor advised funds are like a charitable bank account where you control when and how much you give to the nonprofits you care about. Best of all you get a tax deduction when you put money in a donor advised fund and then you can decide when to make a donation to a nonprofit of your choice, now or later.

Finally, you’ll want to keep Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day on your radar. Sponsored by ACT, Spring2ACTion takes place every April and is an exciting way to join thousands of your neighbors in supporting more than 150 nonprofit organizations. In 2018, together we raised $1.8M. With your involvement in 2019, I know we will raise even more!

Make giving back — either as a volunteer, donor, or both! — part of your plan to become an active member of the Alexandria community. Visit www.actforalexandria.org or call us at 703-739-7778 to learn more.