Get Involved and Make an Impact in your Community

Volunteer Alexandria will help you to get engaged and be a changemaker in Alexandria. Find out how your company/business can contribute to social change through volunteerism. Below are a variety of standing programs and events that may fit your goals and needs.

Contact us to discuss other innovated ways to be engaged from skills-based to pro-bono services or a hands-on one day project.

Current programs and events include:

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS/CORPORATE ACTIVATION - We enable businesses to meet pressing needs in our communities while strengthening their own businesses by engaging their employees and customers in community service. Furthermore, we will help you to shape your program and formalize your goals and mission. Business Connection is a fee-for-service program that offers customized employee engagement opportunities at locations throughout Alexandria. We are the "wedding planer to your wedding". For more details, CLICK HERE

Board Placement - We assist employees interested in being placed on a nonprofit board, by interviewing them, providing them options according to their interests and skills, as well as provide information about what to consider before coming a board member and what to look for in a nonprofit organization. E-mail Marion Brunken to receive details.

Spring for Alexandria (SFA) – In collaboration with the City of Alexandria and year-long partner SunTrust Foudation, this event brings together businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and neighbors to honor Alexandria’s proud philanthropic tradition and ensure it continues to thrive. In the past 10 years, more than $530,000 were contributed in volunteer work.

As part of SFA, we host the Business Philanthropy Summit that honors corporate philanthropy at a breakfast event where businesses, nonprofits and community leaders come together since 1998 to talk about philanthropy in Alexandria.  Previous keynote speakers include Colin Powell, Billy Shore, Carly Fiorina, Rep. Don Beyer., U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald, and David Gardner-the Motley Fool. This is a great networking event that will inspire you to be part of making change happen in Alexandria. Click HERE for details. Click HERE to read what people say about the event. In 2017, more than 250 attended the event, featuring David Gardner, the Motley Fool.

The Community Service Days are a city-wide volunteer days matching nonprofit needs with volunteers who donate their time and talent. It is a great way to get to know your friends, business colleagues and peers, while helping our community.  Hundreds of volunteers paint, landscape, build bookshelves, deliver meals, and much more. Projects run from April-June.

Volunteer Recognition Event - Be part of this warm event that recognizes 
individual and businesses, who provide outstanding service to a local organization. Taking the time to recognize volunteers is important for several reasons. Integrating thoughful recognition in volunteer programs makes volunteers feel rewarded, valued and positive about the program. Recognition by and in front of peers, professional associates, friends and/or community neighbors is the most meaningful kind of recognition (Bruny, 1981). Meaningful recognition leads to increased satisfaction, which leads to increased volunteer retention. Volunteer Alexandria offers a venue for organizations to highlight their stars and your support by providing in-kind goods, volunteers, and financial support is greatly appreciated. This event attracts 200 people including community and business leaders, City officials, and volunteers. E-mail Katie Watson Carnaby for more infomration. 

The Community Toy Drive supports the City’s Fund for Alexandria’s Child Holiday Sharing program. Volunteer Alexandria recruits and manages all volunteers and companies, and coordinates the toy collection and distribution of the event supporting more than 300 families and 700 children.  Anyone can support families in need by collecting toys and volunteering for the toy drive. E-mail Marion Brunken to be added to the list and for details.

Emergency Preparedness - Volunteer Alexandria is the lead nonprofit agency for the recruitment, training, and management of spontaneous un-affiliated volunteers during an emergency.  We also help businesses to create a Continuity of Operations Plan and train staff to be ready in an emergency. For more details, e-mail Ioana Lutai.