Washington Employees Participate in Spring for Alexandria, Devote Entire Day to Community Service
May 6, 2011

The Washington office of the Building Group gave back to their neighbors in Alexandria, Virginia, by participating in Spring for Alexandria, a city-wide community service day. A group of ten Building Group employees spent the day providing hands-on service at non-profit organizations and City agencies throughout Alexandria, joining teams from businesses, organizations, and associations, as well as city employees and individual volunteers. The teams also collected pledges to help support the year-round work of Volunteer Alexandria, a sponsor of Spring for Alexandria.

The Building Group team, lead by Jeff Clements, preconstruction, raised funds by asking for donations from subcontractors currently working on The Asher, the Building Group’s mixed-use residential project currently under construction in downtown Alexandria. Our client, developer/owner, Erkiletian, provided a monetary donation and several of their employees volunteered for the community service day.

The day’s events began with a morning business philanthropy summit followed by several hours of community service work at specific locations. The Building Group team was assigned to the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria, where our crew was put to work weeding and mulching planters, picking up trash, and planting flowers. The service day concluded with a celebration in Alexandria’s Market Square. The Building Group team was recognized for raising the most money — over $4,000 out of the event’s $11,236 total donations. They were rewarded for their efforts with a special prize — a sunset boat cruise for 30 people on the Potomac River with views of Washington D.C.’s National monuments.

About Spring for Alexandria
The annual Spring for Alexandria event is a collaboration of: Volunteer Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, ACT for Alexandria, Kids Helping Kids, and Alexandria Jaycees. Donna Walk James, program manager for Volunteer Alexandria noted “This event has become a central part of our community’s springtime culture, and a model of how businesses, non-profits, neighbors, youth, and government, can work together for the common good.”