First-Ever Alexandria Community Day Held at Charles Houston Rec. Center

"We want this to be the beginning of something awesome," said organizer Tavares M. Floyd.

Alexandria, VA – Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while, and on Saturday, May 11, a number of community groups, city organizations and private businesses gathered to lend support to the first-ever Alexandria Community Day.

“The purpose of this event is to bring the entire Alexandria community together in one space, provide resources, engage in dialogue, bridge gaps and find ways to unite the community more,” said event organizer Tavares M. Floyd, CEO of the BeWell Project. “We want this to be the beginning of something awesome. This is just the first step of many. The best is yet to come.”

The day included free lunch at a long banquet table in the Charles Houston Recreation Center, workshops and a job and health fair in the gymnasium. Clothing and food donations were also collected.

“It really does take a village,” Floyd said. “Let’s do our civic duties as human beings, help those that need help and continue to make the community a better place.”

(Left to right) Alexandria City Councilor John Chapman, Tavares M. Floyd and former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille at Alexandria Community Day at Charles Houston Rec. Center, May 11, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)
Alexandria Community Day at Charles Houston Rec. Center, May 11, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)
(Left to right) Tami Smith, president of the Charles Houston Advisory Council; Octavia Jackson of the Alexandria Rehabilitation and Housing Authority and Father Donald Fest of St. Joseph’s Church at Alexandria Community Day at Charles Houston Rec. Center, May 11, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)
(Left to right) Tami Smith, president of the Charles Houston Advisory Council; Tavares M. Floyd, CEO of the BeWell Project; Father Donald Fest of St. Joseph’s Church and Nechelle Terrell at Alexandria Community Day at Charles Houston Rec. Center, May 11, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)