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Spring for Alexandria Honors Giving, Service

There are multiple opportunities to become involved.

Want to give back to your community but don’t know how? Here’s an easy way to lend a hand this week.

Now in its sixth year, Spring for Alexandria offers multiple opportunities for residents to become involved in volunteer efforts. ACT for Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria, the Alexandria Jaycees and the City of Alexandria are co-hosting the three-day celebration of giving and service throughout the city Thursday through Saturday.

Events include the Generations of Giving Gala on Thursday; the Business Philanthropy Summit, Community Service Day and Market Square Party on Friday; and Alexandria Gives and “Lemonaide” Day on Saturday. Spring for Alexandria raises hundreds of thousands of dollars that are used by the partners to improve the lives of hundreds of Alexandrians.

Earlier this year, ACT for Alexandria also hosted an innovative online fundraising event called Spring 2 ACTion. During this one day fundraising blitz, community members raised more than $650,000 for Alexandria’s nonprofits.

  • See Spring 2 ACTion Raises Record-Breaking Sum for Local Charities

Spring for Alexandria starts with the Generations of Giving Gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The gala honors philanthropy in Alexandria with this year’s “Hometown Tourist” theme. Dress in appropriate travel attire. To purchase tickets, visit www.actforalexandria.org.

On Friday, the Business Philanthropy Summit, presented by Capital One, will recognize philanthropic leaders in Alexandria. The breakfast event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King St.

Following the summit, Volunteer Alexandria and the City of Alexandria will deploy hundreds of volunteers to project sites throughout the city for its Spring for Alexandria Community Service Day. Volunteer help is needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to complete a variety of tasks. City, business and private citizen teams are still forming now.

Sign up at www.springforalexandria.org and click on “Day of Service.”

The day ends with volunteers returning to the Market Square party from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 301 King St. The celebration begins with a program led by Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who will present awards and prizes for volunteers while they enjoy live jazz music, a wellness center, lunch and other activities.

The celebration concludes on Saturday as the Alexandria Jaycees host family fun at Alexandria Gives: A Community Contribution Day. Alexandria residents are encouraged to clear out their cupboards and their closets and donate to neighbors in need. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alexandria nonprofits will be at First Baptist Church, collecting food, clothing and supplies. Volunteers can meet special guest Autria Godfrey from the event’s official media partner, ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8.

“Lemonaide Day,” sponsored by Kids Helping Kids, Inc., will also take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Alexandria youth will be selling lemonade at 27 stands stationed throughout the city. The two main stands at Market Square and First Baptist Church, manned by the Kids Helping Kids Teams, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Proceeds raised will be given to The Fund for Alexandria's Child and Casa Chirilagua. This year’s goal is $15,000.

For more information about the three-day celebration, visit www.springforalexandria.org.

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