Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A small electrical fire spurred the shelter to need to raise more than $10,000 for repairs.
About a week and a half ago, Carpenter's Shelter experienced an electrical fire and has launched a special Fire Relief Campaign to help pay for the costs of damage to the shelter. While the fire damage was minimal, the smoke and water damage was extensive with a total cost of more than $42,000 for repairs. The shelter's Alex Stevens said after insurance, the shelter will still need to come up with about $10,000 for repairs. Stevens said a device at the shelter called a Packtite, designed to kill bedbugs on clothing, caught fire. "Thankfully the fire damage was contained to only the Packtite, and the items inside, however the water damage and structural damage is where the repair costs have added up," he said. Carpenter’s Shelter is based …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Carpenter's Shelter helps the homeless achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. All volunteers are subject to background checks.
The holiday season is here and that means Alexandria communities seek volunteers for many and different causes. The Alexandria Patches are highlighting good causes seeking volunteers during this holiday season. If you'd like your initiative to be featured, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week's volunteer spotlight shines on: Who: Carpenter's Shelter What: Multiple opportunities are available. Where: Carpenter's Shelter, 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria, VA 22314 Why: Help the homelss transition back to independent living. Contact: Carpenter's Shelter Volunteer Coordinator Liz Salter via email at email@example.com or by phone 703-548-7500 x213.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
About 850 runners competed on Saturday in a 5K, 10K and fun run.
Carpenter’s Shelter hosted the second annual Run for Shelter 5K/10K and fun run sponsored by MRIS on Saturday. About 850 runners braved the chilly November morning to participate in the race and help raise more than $30,000 for the Old Town Alexandria-based homeless shelter – the largest such shelter in Northern Virginia. Josef Tessema won the 5K race with a time of 14:29, Hirut Beyene was the first woman to finish the 5K race with a time of 17:29. Dereje Tadesse won the 10K race with a time of 30:41. Woynishet Abebe was the first women to finish the 10K race with a time of 35:32. “The money raised allows Carpenter’s Shelter to provide the very best shelter and services to homeless individuals and families looking to achieve sustainable …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Nonprofit shelter and fitness group partner to help community members stay fit during the holiday season while giving back.
Carpenter’s Shelter and Fitness on the Run have partnered to offer a Thanksgiving food and fitness challenge in an effort to help participants get in shape for the holidays while giving back to the community. The challenge is to walk, run, hop, skip or jump 150,000 steps during October and to donate at least one food basket to the shelter. The partnership is also encouraging participants to ask their friends and family to donate a food item for each fitness milestone. Carpenter’s Shelter Constituent Relationship Officer Courtney Bishop said more than 100 shelter clients receive items to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, but the shelter relies solely on donations from the local community to provide the assistance. “The holidays are a perfect …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The event will be held May 4 at the First Baptist Church on King Street.
Five local leaders will be recognized as part of Spring for Alexandria and presented at the 14th annual Business Philanthropy Summit on May 4. The summit, held at First Baptist Church on King Street, attracts more than 300 businesses, nonprofit organizations, elected officials and city agencies. The following awardees will be honored: 2012 Large Business Philanthropist of the Year BB&T, Lighthouse Project Accepting the Award: John Reiter, senior vice president; and Jen Ferrara, vice president, business deposit officer BB&T's Lighthouse Project is a company-wide program designed to engage employees to be a force for positive change in their own communities. The Alexandria/Arlington Lighthouse team has completed 28 projects, donated $40,000…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
City Council candidates and others scoop for Carpenter's Shelter.
Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley and City Council candidates John Chapman, Melissa Feld, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain, Allison Silberberg and Justin Wilson were among those who volunteered their time on Tuesday to scoop ice cream for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s in Old Town. Carpenter’s Shelter was selected as the beneficiary of the event. The organization is dedicated to ending homelessness in the region through services, education and advocacy. Ben & Jerry’s donated tubs of ice cream to Carpenter’s Shelter so the residents could participate in their own Cone Day at the shelter. The guest scoopers wore Carpenter’s Shelter aprons. Chapman even wore a crown. Several chimed in about the experience on Twitter. Wilson tweeted, “I learned an …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Fannie Mae will not host the National Mall Help the Homeless Walkathon next year and has moved to a 'mini walk' model.
Six Northern Virginia nonprofits have allied to put together a regional mini service walk in response to mortgage giant Fannie Mae’s decision to cancel its popular Help the Homeless Walkathon on the National Mall for 2012 and beyond. “We had been thinking about doing something like this for a few years now and we’d already started to do mini walks at summer camps and other activities,” said Judy Pirozzi, director of resource development at Wesley Housing, a nonprofit concerned with affordable housing in the area. In 2010, 14,000 walkers on the mall participated in Fannie Mae's event, generating $5 million for 118 organizations with an additional $1.5 million raised by 100,000 participants in 715 mini-walks, according to an article in the …