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ACT Now COVID-19 Fund Raises $530K in Single Month

The ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund has raised more than $530,000 from 587 donors, and has given away $525,000 to dozens of nonprofits in Alexandria.

As of this week, more than $525,000 in grants was awarded to nearly 60 nonprofits in the city, with most of the funds going toward emergency food, supplies and financial assistance in the city.

The city donated $100,000 at the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19, and Amazon donated $200,ooo toward the effort.

ACT for Alexandria is currently pausing the grant process to replenish the fund, and the next deadline for requests is April 21. The organization is now asking for community support in the upcoming Spring2ACTion online fundraiser on April 15.

The recent grants were awarded to:

  • AHC, Inc.
  • Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
  • Alexandria PTA Council
  • Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  • ALIVE! House
  • ALIVE! Inc.
  • Arlandria Chirilagua Housing Co-Op
  • Ayuda
  • Basilica of St. Mary St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Best Buddies
  • Bethany House of Northern Virginia
  • Capital Caring Health
  • Capital Youth Empowerment Program
  • Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Casa Chirilagua
  • Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
  • Christ Church
  • Christ Church Refugee Ministry
  • Communities in Schools NOVA
  • Community Lodgings
  • Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
  • Dream Project
  • Ethiopian Community Development Council
  • Family to Family, Old Presbyterian Meeting House
  • Friends of Guest House
  • Fruitful Planet
  • Greater DC Diaper Bank
  • Hopkins House
  • Koinonia Foundation
  • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • MedStreet, Inc.
  • Mother of Light Center
  • Neighborhood Health
  • New Hope Housing
  • Northern Virginia Family Services
  • Nueva Vida
  • OAR of Arlington, Alexandria & Falls Church
  • Optimist Club of Alexandria Foundation, Inc.
  • Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic
  • Project ID & Spread the Vote
  • Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C.
  • SCAN of Northern Virginia
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • St. Paul’s Lazarus Ministry
  • St. Rita Church
  • Tenants and Workers United
  • The Campagna Center
  • The Child & Family Network Centers
  • Together We Bake
  • United Community
  • Urban Alliance
  • Volunteer Alexandria
  • Volunteers of America Chesapeake
  • Washington Street UMC
  • Wesley Housing Development Corporation
  • YMCA Metropolitan Washington

Additionally, below is Volunteer Alexandria’s list of nonprofit needs in the city at this time:

ALIVE! House

In-kind needs: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, Tide laundry detergent, dryer sheets; dish liquid; gloves; healthy snacks for kids; gift cards for possible supplies

Drop off details: Drop off Mondays or Wednesdays between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the side door. Please ring the doorbell. 125 S Payne Street

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington

In-kind needs: Food (canned, boxed, shelf-stable, non-perishable), diapers/baby wipes, car seats, and household items/cleaning products

Drop off details: 8426 Kao Circle, Manassas VA – Rear Bay Doors (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m); 131 West. Street, Alexandria (Daily, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m); 1101 Stafford Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Fredericksburg (St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception)

Notes: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception only accepts diapers, car seats and gift cards only

City of Alexandria’s Domestic Violence program:

In-kind needs: Any pantry goods; cleaning supplies

Drop-off details: Call 703-746-4911 between 9-5 p.m. to make arrangements

Center for Alexandria’s Children

In-kind needs: 80 plastic envelopes (i.e. Poly Button & String Document Envelopes – 8.5″ x 11″)

Drop off details:  1900 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 200, Alexandria VA

Notes: Typically 8:30  AM – 5:30 PM but in flux at this time

Community Lodgings

In-kind needs: Donations of supplies for our families (cleaning supplies, hygiene care, non-perishable foods, etc.)

Drop off details: TBD

Computer C.O.R.E.

In-kind needs: 100 laptops

Drop off details: 5881 Leesburg Pike, Suite 204, Falls Church, VA 22041. Email Donna Walker James, [email protected] to make an appointment.

New Hope Housing

In-kind needs: Food catered from local restaurants

Drop off details: RPC – 1554 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204; BSSH – 5914 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041; Kennedy Shelter – 9155 Richmond Hwy, For Belvoir, VA 22060

Notes: Email or call Sami to schedule drop off [email protected] or 703-799-2293 x 11.

Neighborhood Health

In-kind needs: Disposable face or surgical masks and N95 respirators (unused); Disposable gloves (unopened packages), hand sanitizer (unopened containers); Disinfectants and disinfecting wipes (unopened containers); Protective goggles (packaged, unused).

Drop off details:  Call Nara Hojvat-Gallin, MPH, Office: (703) 535-5568, x1520 or at Cell: (703) 727-6235

Northern Virginia Family Service

In-kind needs: Diapers (especially larger sizes), cleaning supplies (Lysol Spray, wipes, all purpose cleaner, bleach, etc.), hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, grocery store gift cards, new children’s underwear and socks). Donations can be purchased through their Amazon Wish List

Drop-off details: mail to NVFS Headquarters, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124. If in-person delivery is preferred, contact [email protected] and arrangements can be made to deliver to the NVFS Head Start Center in Arlington, 2920 S. Glebe Road, Arlington 22204

Senior Services of Alexandria

In-kind needs: Small personal sized hand sanitizers

Drop-off details: call first – 703 836 4414 x111. 206 N Washington Street, Suite 301 between the hours of 9-4:30 p.m.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake

In-kind needs: Over the Counter Medications (Tylenol, Advil, Cough Syrup, Pepto Bismol); Laundry Detergent; Shampoo/Soap/Conditioner; Toothbrushes/ Toothpaste; Peanut Butter/Jelly; Canned Tunafish; Granola Bars; Crackers; Canned Soup; Canned Fruit; Applesauce

Drop-off details: 2355-B Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314.  Donations can be accepted at any time

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