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ALIVE! is a nonprofit organization of volunteers from nearly 40 religious congregations and the community, working together to help those in need in Alexandria. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city, addressing both short- and long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community. ALIVE! serves over 12,000 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.

St. Paul’s provides volunteers, donated food, and financial assistance for three or four ALIVE! community projects throughout the year.

What you can do: Volunteer to help with the twice-yearly packing and delivery of food and furniture for needy families or donate items such as pots and pans, towels, sheets, dishes, silverware, and blankets. To donate items or to get involved, contact Skipp Calvert.

The Alexandria Tutoring Consortium is a partnership between Alexandria churches and the Alexandria Public Elementary Schools. Volunteers tutor children one-on-one in reading. A St. Paul’s parishioner recruits tutors and coordinates our effort with the Alexandria schools’ coordinator. Tutoring materials are selected by the schools, and the schools also provide training for volunteer tutors. Scheduling is flexible.

What you can do: Volunteer to tutor; the only qualifications for a volunteer tutor are a love of reading and love of children. For more information, please contact Dodo Ablard.

St. Paul’s Angel Tree is a ministry in which parishioners are asked to donate toys, gift cards, and clothing for children and families designated by the City of Alexandria Department of Human Services Holiday Sharing Program.

What you can do: In early December, sign up to support a family or families; later in December, help wrap gifts. Please contact Liza May to volunteer.

The Carpenter’s Shelter, Northern Virginia’s largest homeless shelter, provides free, comprehensive case management services that promote self-sufficiency in an environment of dignity and care to Alexandrians in need.

What you can do: Sign up to cook or to serve dinner at the shelter on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The dinner is prepared in Norton Hall kitchen the preceding Sunday. Giant & Safeway food gift cards can also be donated by placing them in the Virtual Pantry in the narthex of the church. Additionally, volunteers can help with a children’s program, in the library, or simply by answering the phone. Contact Scott Broetzmann at (703) 683-5836 or Ben Richardson for more information.

Under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, Christ House serves the homeless by providing housing, employment counseling, meals, and both new and used clothing to those in need. For more than 20 years, Christ House has operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers from St. Paul’s prepare and serve dinner to 60-80 people on the fifth Monday of each month. Christ House is located at 131 West Street, Alexandria (corner of West and Prince Streets).

What you can do: Volunteer to prepare and serve dinner to 60-80 people on the fifth Monday of each month. Contact Bob Aulthouse at (703) 425-0918 if you are interested in helping.

Friends of Guest House helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Since its founding in 1974, Guest House has helped more than 3,000 women break the vicious cycle of incarceration, reunite with their families, and reintegrate into their communities. St. Paul’s holds occasional drives to collect supplies for the women of Guest House.

What you can do: Contact Cathy Sachs for more information about upcoming drives.

Hunger Free Alexandria is a cooperative effort on the part of local clergy, congregations, non-profit and community leaders to respond to the issue of hunger in Alexandria, VA. A recent report published for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria and the Childhood Obesity Action Network highlighted significant gaps in the services available to Alexandrians suffering from food hardship (irregular access to affordable and healthy meals). In response, these community leaders have pledged their support and leadership to fill those gaps through advocacy, financial resources and practical commitments of time, space and the volunteer labor necessary to progress toward a time when no one in our city goes hungry. For more information, visit

What you can do: To volunteer, please contact Margaret Townsend.

St. Paul’s Lazarus Ministry provides Christian Hospitality to lessen the physical and psychological suffering of our neighbors in the City of Alexandria. We serve the working poor, homeless, disabled and those who are experiencing severe financial stress due job loss, illness or personal loss. Emergency financial assistance, food bags and counseling are provided by volunteers, giving our clients hope and helping them through hardship. The ministry is open on Tuesday mornings, from 8:00-11:30 in Norton Hall. Assistance is offered to residents of the City of Alexandria based upon a lottery system. Our Lazarus volunteers also assist residents of the West End of Alexandria at the West End Lazarus Ministry on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (2280 N. Beauregard St.).

St. Paul’s also gleans approximately 2,600 pounds of produce annually from the local farmers’ market, given to Lazarus recipients and Friends of Guest House.

What you can do: Read the Lazarus Ministry’s Vision and Mission Statement and Policies (in English and Spanish); contact Laura Simmons at (703) 549-3312 to discuss how you can get involved.

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Every weekday, Meade Memorial Church in Alexandria serves bag lunches to those in need. St. Paul’s volunteers for one week at a time, a few times over the course of the year.

What you can do: To volunteer, contact Dede Stanko.

Sponsored by the Alexandria Church Women, Meals-on-Wheels provides a hot and cold meal to over 90 people who are too sick or otherwise incapable of doing their own shopping and cooking. For many of those served it is their only contact with other people that day.

What you can do: Volunteer for this daytime activity on the fourth Wednesday of the month (takes only about 90 minutes). For more information or to volunteer, please contact Verleah Kosloske or Suzanne Kalvaitis.

The Virtual Food Pantry enables us to to provide food for those in need through our ministries to the needy such as Lazarus or Carpenter’s Shelter. A donation of $25 will feed a family of four for two days.

What you can do: Place a grocery store gift card or check made out to the church with “food pantry” marked in the memo line in the Virtual Food Pantry box in the narthex at the back of the church, or make a donation. Contact Laura Simmons at (703) 549-1999 for further details.

Global Outreach

Each summer, we raise scholarships for young students to attend elementary school in Renk, South Sudan. A gift of $300 covers tuition, food, and school uniforms for one year. To make a donation of any amount, write “Pennies from Heaven” in the memo line of a check to St. Paul’s.

For well over a decade, South Sudanese refugees in the Washington area have worshipped at St. Paul’s, following the liturgies of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. They meet weekly at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s. The parish hall is available to the congregation for family events, celebrations, meetings, and more.

What you can do: Pray for the Episcopal Church of Sudan; join the St. Paul’s Sudanese congregation for Sunday worship at 2:00 p.m. For more information on our Sudanese ministries, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.

American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (AFRECS) connects Episcopal parishes throughout the United States that share a commitment to the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan and its mission. AFRECS builds collaboration around ministries that are most effectively done at a national level, particularly advocacy for peace in Sudan and South Sudan.

What you can do: Get involved by receiving their newsletter — email to get on their distribution list — which provides opportunities for advocacy and prayer for Sudan and South Sudan. Contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.

We financially support Wycliffe Bible Translators, who are in the process of translating the Old Testament into Dinka, the most commonly spoken language in South Sudan (the New Testament translation has been completed). Local South Sudanese language experts, who are also well-versed in Hebrew and Greek, lead the process.

What you can do: Financial contribution and prayer are the primary ways to help. For further information, contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the international relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church in the United States, guided by the Episcopal Church’s principles of compassion, dignity, and generosity as they work to heal a hurting world.

What you can do: Learn about ERD ministries from their Web site, pray for their work, and support them financially. For more information, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.

Five Talents is a microenterprise organization that works across the Anglican Communion, offering low-interest loans to help people overcome poverty through starting small businesses. The name of this ministry comes from the famous parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. They utilize the local networks of Anglican parish communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to disseminate small loans.

What you can do: Contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.

Renk Theological College is a seminary of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. It trains clergy in practices of ministry, biblical studies, and theology.

What you can do: Pray for Renk Theological College; consider supporting a Sudanese seminary student. For more information on our Sudanese ministries, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Rees at (703) 549-3312 x24.