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Reflections on Gratitude, Service: Words from a Community Lodgings Volunteer

As the holiday season nears, many of us prepare for the traditions we’ve grown to love. Whether it be spending the entire day cooking with your family on Thanksgiving, decorating gingerbread houses with friends, or even just sharing stories around the fire on a chilly day–the season is filled with reasons to smile. However, these holiday […]

BB&T Lighthouse Project: providing kids with emergency food in a time of need

Spring Break is meant to be a fun time for students to kick back and relax… but that’s hard to do when you don’t have enough to eat. For the families in our housing and education programs, Spring Break can be a challenge, because most of the kids in these programs normally receive free or reduced-price lunches […]

From Ziplining to Graduation: A Mentor’s Perspective on the Girls’ Mentoring Program

By Stephanie Hemmert, Girls’ Mentor  A little over five years ago, I walked into an Alexandria City Volunteer Information Session knowing I wanted to help in some way and do something, but I wasn’t sure what.  I had participated in some literacy tutoring a few years before that, and was looking to get back to […]

Saturday Academy: helping kids succeed on the SOLs

Did you know that, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education, Alexandria middle schoolers struggled to pass their Math and Science SOLs last year? Although some students’ scores have increased in certain subject areas, Math and Science still continue to trip up many Alexandrian kids, with more than a quarter of 8th graders failing […]

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The Accidental Mentor

Mentoring a teenage girl was the last thing on Dana Gilbertson’s mind in 2013 when she visited Community Lodgings, an Alexandria nonprofit that offers transitional and affordable housing and youth education to low-income, predominantly Latino families. Find out how Dana’s visit led to her to meet Hennesy and their special bond in this Alexandria Gazette Packet article, […]