Casa Chirilagua is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria.
On April 9th, during Alexandria's 24-hour online giving event called Spring2ACTion, Casa Chirilagua is competing to win $20,000 in grants. Last year we celebrated 5 years of Kids Club with a goal to raise $50,000 from 500 donors in one day. You blew our goals out of the water, raising $51,433 from 539 donors!
This year, we're celebrating Casa Chirilagua's 7th year in the neighborhood. Our goal is to raise $70,000 from 700 people in ONE day, and YOU can help!
We invite you to be a part of our Casa Chirilagua. Mi Casa, es su Casa!
DONATE here on April 9th.
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WEAR your Casa tshirt on April 9th, supporting our community from wherever you are. Send us a photo of you in your shirt: email@example.com
PRAY with us on April 9th. Sign up here: bit.ly/prayapril9
CELEBRATE with us on April 9th from 6-8:00pm at Pork Barrel BBQ when we try to win Power Hour Prizes. RSVP on Facebook: bit.ly/happyhourapril9
For more details about Casa Chirilagua, visit our website: CasaChirilagua.org
Founded in 2007, Casa Chirilagua began when three young women intentionally moved into the center of the Chirilagua neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, also known as Arlandria, with the goal of listening to and learning from their neighbors. After time spent building relationships and earning trust, together with the community they addressed their neighbors’ expressed concerns by establishing an after school reading club in their apartment.
Seven years later, Casa Chirilagua is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with nine staff members and over 100 weekly volunteers who serve more than 80 children (1st-8th grades) and their families via multiple programs. Our mission is “Developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ.”
Our first program, Kids Club, began as a grassroots after school reading club with a handful of students in an apartment, run by volunteers. From there, it grew into an educational after school program run by multiple staff members and numerous volunteers, with a constant enrollment waitlist.
All other Casa Chirilagua programs have grown from our flagship Kids Club program. Our students develop relationships with one-on-one mentors in our Mentoring program, graduate to our middle school program, Teens Club, and potentially join our Leaders in Training (LIT) student leadership program. Our students also have opportunities to attend evening age and gender appropriate bible studies in the neighborhood, where they are always welcome to bring friends and family with them.