What is Spring for Alexandria?

Spring for Alexandria (SFA) is a celebration of giving of service in our community.  Volunteer Alexandria, in partnership with the City of Alexandria, is hosting Spring for Alexandria.  There are three larger events affiliated with this event – a Community Service Day for employees of City government, businesses and nonprofits, a Community Service Day for youth and families, and the Business Philanthropy Summit, which will celebrate 20 years in 2018.

About the Business Philanthropy Summit: The 20th Annual Business Philanthropy Summit – Invest in our Community is a breakfast event that brings together approximately 250 businesses and nonprofit organizations to discuss community needs and celebrate local philanthropy. The event takes place on May 30, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria. Rebecca Cooper, former ABC7/Channel 8 New Reporter will be the emcee of the event and interview a distinguished panel of local organizations and businesses including Mark Bulmash, Senior Vice President of Development of the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Past speakers include Bob McDonald, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Colin Powell, Carly Fiorina, Senator Mark Warner, co-founder of the Motley Fool David Gardner, Scott Wilfong, then President & CEO of SunTrust Bank, Philanthropist Earl Stafford, Share our Strength’s Billy Shore, Washingtonian Magazine Publisher Catherine Merrill Williams, and Congressman Don Beyer.

About the Community Service Day: The Community Service Day is a city-wide event with hundreds of volunteers to support nonprofit organizations and City agencies. Businesses, associations and individuals form a team, raise funds to win prizes, and volunteer on Friday, May 11 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Who benefits from sponsorships/donations? Proceeds benefit Volunteer Alexandria’s year-round programming to inspire, to aim, and mobilize volunteers.  Donations make it possible for seniors to seek rewarding volunteer work; youths to find valuable community service; and the unemployed to identify volunteer work to stay involved. The generosity of businesses and individuals raising funds will help to assist all agencies in need of volunteers to deliver meals; sit with the elderly who are alone; repair homes for our veterans; read to children; foster animals; prepare lunches for the homeless; foster homeless animals; and much more. This year, our focus areas is engaging more people in community service, especially our young residents.

In addition, monies raised provide organizations the use of Volunteer Alexandria’s volunteer database at no cost. This database helps organizations to recruit volunteers, keep track of volunteers and their hours, and run reports needed for grant funders.

Volunteer Alexandria is in the business of helping Alexandrians give back to this city with their whole heart through volunteering. We are “matchmakers” who provide connections between volunteers and nonprofits or City agencies needing assistance the most. Your dollars help Volunteer Alexandria help others!