Why ACTion Alexandria?<br /><ul><li>Alexandria was faced with increasing community needs and fewer resources.
Community members, nonprofit leaders, and city agencies embarked upon year-long assessment of possible solutions.
Could technology help fill the needs-resources gaps?</li></li></ul><li>Yes<br />
Communities moving online<br />22% of all adults receive alerts about local issues.<br />20% of all adults used digital tools to talk to their neighbors about community issues.<br />Nearly in 1 in 10 social network users (8%) joined an online group focused on community issues in the past year <br />Individuals who don’t know neighbors by name are as likely to keep up with community events online<br />Pew Internet: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Neighbors-Online.aspx<br />
Technology-aided barnraising<br />ACTion Alexandria brings together neighbors and organizations to exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, and solve problems in our community. <br />
ACTion Alexandria goals<br /><ul><li>Increase the level of citizen engagement and philanthropy in Alexandria
Create an online community that inspires offline action
Engage residents and organizations in problem solving
Improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable residents
Create a clearinghouse of opportunities to help.
Create an open source platform and model that other communities can easily and affordably adapt.</li></li></ul><li>Partners<br />Citizens<br />
How it works<br />Urgent Community Needs <br />Take an action<br />Start an action<br />Long-term Community Challenges<br />Solve a challenge<br />Suggest a challenge<br />Sponsor a challenge<br />
How it works - Citizens<br />Creating Opportunity<br />Take an action<br />Start an action<br />Solve a challenge<br />Suggest a challenge<br />Post events<br />Submit content<br />Support local orgs<br />
How it works - Organizations<br />Creating Infrastructure<br />Start an action<br />Sponsor a challenge<br />Post events<br />Submit content<br />Gain supporters<br />
Results since launch<br />As of February 7th<br />280 registered members <br />6 featured actions, 12 community actions<br />117 individual actions taken*<br />40 organization pages<br />3 community sponsors<br />4 contributing community bloggers<br />*This count is much smaller than the number of people who have actually completed an action launched by ACTion Alexandria<br />
Results since launch (2)<br />Actions<br />Carpenter’s Shelter $1495 raised<br />ALIVE! 30 bags/2,476 people fed<br />Community Lodgings 2,500 diapers<br />ANHSI’s Pediatric Clinic 320 single servings Pedialyte<br />Friends of Guest House $1,000 raised<br /> *20-30% new donors<br />Challenges<br />901 votes in Quality of Life Indicators Challenge<br />