On Saturday, November 2nd the Giving Circle will sponsor another car seat safety event at First Baptist Church of Alexandria located at 2932 King Street from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Volunteers from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department and Prince William County Police Department and Fire and Rescue will join together to provide inspection services free of charge.
The Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Center in Alexandria is running a Back-to-School Drive until August 19 to collect backpacks stuffed with school supplies for distribution at its annual Back to School Family Night at T.C. Williams. Anyone wishing to contribute may help as follows:
- Between July 22 and August 21, donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off at a FACE donation box. There are many convenient locations.
- Send gift cards from local retailers (Target, Walmart, Staples, Office Max or
- CVS) to The FACE Center, T.C. Williams High School Room A123, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302. Gift cards will be used to purchase supplies to be distributed.
- Volunteer to help sort school supplies on Tuesday, August 20, at T.C. Williams High School. Read more »
On Saturday, June 8, The Giving Circle of Alexandria sponsored a successful car seat workshop at the First Baptist Church for families participating in Alexandria playgroups for low-income families. Many people worked together to make this event happen including volunteers from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, Arlington Sheriff’s Department, and Prince William County Police Department and Fire and Rescue. Tarsha Rice, playgroup coordinator for the Campagna Center; Carri Stoltz, playgroup coordinator for the Center for Alexandria’s Children; and Melanie Lugo from the Alexandria office of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program were also part of the workshop. This workshop provided an opportunity for us to give new car seats and boosters to families who needed them, for eligible families to learn about WIC and for the sheriffs to teach families how to use car seats to keep their children safe.
Thank you, everyone, for your hard work in providing a service that is difficult to come by in the City of Alexandria. The playgroup families were very appreciative of the workshop. This was collaboration at its finest!
More details at The Patch.
Please join us at the home of Caren Camp to welcome our new Board of Directors and hear from Carri Stolz, Playgroup Program Director at the Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC). Carri will give us an update on the ACPI playgroups and the $50,000 gift we made to the CAC this year. Find out how your gift money is working for children in Alexandria. And, as usual, there will be wine, friends and a lot to talk about.
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Spring2Action is coming up in one week! Mark your calendar to support the Giving Circle on April 17, or schedule your donation if you think you will forget.
The Giving Circle Board approved the Gift Committee’s recommendation to award $50,000 to the Center for Alexandria’s Children to support their leadership of the Alexandria City-wide Playgroup Initiative. Specifically, this gift will fund:
- the salaries and stipends of the people implementing the playgroup assessment recommendations via ACPI, and
- support for the ACPI to continue partnerships with other non-profits who provide training and materials to the playgroups
- expansion of CAC’s playgroups to new locations serving Alexandria’s most vulnerable children.
How exciting it will be to watch playgroups grow! The ACPI, the new playgroups and the difference they make to children and families would not have been possible without your investment in the Giving Circle and its mission.
Thank you for your patience and confidence while we nurtured this idea. Thank you for your continued support!
Gift Chair, The Giving Circle of Alexandria