Spring2ACTion 2017 in Alexandria
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Spring2ACTion 2017 in Alexandria

Community giving day set for April 5.

ACT for Alexandria president and CEO John Porter, right, and ACT staff promote the upcoming Spring2ACTion day April 5.

ACT for Alexandria president and CEO John Porter, right, and ACT staff promote the upcoming Spring2ACTion day April 5. Photo contributed

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Volunteers celebrate at last year’s Spring2ACTion event.

“We’ve been so pleased and excited with the response from the community over the years resulting in just under $5 million being raised for local nonprofits.” — ACT president and CEO John Porter

How To Help

The first way to support Spring2ACTion is by making an online donation at www.Spring2ACTion.... The minimum donation is $5. Residents can also support this citywide giving day by visiting local businesses that are donating a percentage of sales back to nonprofits. Some of these businesses include Holy Cow Burgers, Pork Barrel BBQ and Sweet Fire Donna’s and the Alexandria Restaurant Partners groups Lena’s Wood-fired Pizza & Tap, Palette 22, The Majestic, Virtue Feed & Grain, and Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge. Anyone who donates online for Spring2ACTion can also stop by Sugar Shack for a free donut.

Spring2ACTion is hosted by ACT for Alexandria and presented by the Mason Hirst Foundation. Giving Day Sponsors include Access National Bank, Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, City of Alexandria, Colonial Parking, Frantz Family Fund, Grant Thornton, Maria & Harry Hopper, Amy Liu & Craig Witmer, McEnearney Associates, Inc. Realtors, Reingold, and Six Half Dozen. Community Partners include the Alexandria Arts Alliance, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Alexandria Gazette Packet, AlexandriaNews.org, Alexandria Times, Christ Church, Del Ray Business Association, Holy Cow Burger, The Old Town Boutique District, Pork Barrel BBQ, Red Brick Town, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Sugar Shack Donuts, Visit Alexandria, and The Zebra Press. Spring2ACTion is hosted on the Razoo platform.

Mark your calendars. April 5 is the ACT for Alexandria online Community Giving Day known as Spring2ACTion, with donations this year on track to exceed $5 million for local charities since its inception in 2011.

“We’ve been so pleased and excited with the response from the community over the years resulting in just under $5 million being raised for local nonprofits,” said ACT for Alexandria president and CEO John Porter. “We are truly lucky to live in such a caring community.”

Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online event that provides a streamlined way to connect donors to local charitable causes and encourages them to take action. The virtual fundraising effort is hosted by ACT for Alexandria and will offer local nonprofits the chance to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of all Alexandria.

“In 2016, 8,613 donors raised $1,337,493 for 152 nonprofits serving Alexandria,” Porter said. “We are excited by the possibility this year’s giving day presents. With so many deserving nonprofits, Alexandrians have the opportunity to show their support for the causes they support and our community overall.”

Since its inception in 2011, Spring2ACTion has raised $4,728,348 to support local nonprofits. Donations have assisted organizations in providing a variety of resources and services including food, shelter, education and health care.

More than 150 organizations are participating in this year’s Community Giving Day and online donations can be preloaded on the website prior to April 5.

“Whether you are able to give $10 or $10,000, your gifts are valuable and important to the organizations you select,” Porter said. “No donation is too small nor, might I add, are any too large. I encourage everyone to participate and become one of what we hope are over 10,000 donors this year.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.Spring2ACTion.org.