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New Alexandria Fundraising Group, Alexandria Women for Good, Donates $6K To Community Lodgings

AWG members Laura Herron, Laura Turner, and Laura Bloodgood present their donation to Kate Wiley (third from left) of Community Lodgings. (Photo courtesy Laura Turner)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A new group founded this past October, Alexandria Women for Good (AWG), began the new year by donating $6,720 to Community Lodgings. For three decades, the Alexandria nonprofit Community Lodgings has helped local families who are homeless or low-income find transitional or affordable housing.  AWG is an online-based giving circle made possible through the website

The group, comprised solely of women who live in Alexandria, has a mission to donate on a regular basis to this community’s nonprofits. Doing so four times a  year, AWG knows it can make a difference.

On. Jan. 26, a few members visited a Community Lodgings learning center, meeting some of the staff and children there, and then presenting the check.

Laura Turner, who was present that day, told The Zebra the 162-member group makes it their goal to raise $8,000 every quarter. She sees donating as an avenue for members “to come together […] to not only network and develop strong individual relationships in our community; [we also have] an opportunity to educate the group about local nonprofits.”

The practice, she added, “allows us to make a more substantial donation to one local nonprofit than if we were donating individually.”

AWG selected Community Lodgings through a nomination process. The process follows this order: Six nonprofits are nominated. That number is narrowed to three. Next, the person who makes the nomination or one of the nonprofit’s reps speaks at a meeting to discuss why that organization is important and how it impacts the community. Finally, there is a group vote where it is decided that all money raised during a quarter goes to the chosen nonprofit.

For more information about AWG, visit  New members are invited to join.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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