Are you feeling ALIVE?

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People serve at ALIVE for a number of different reasons. Some come because they have come every year in the past, and love everything about it. Some come because it’s right in their neighborhood, and they can’t help but be a part of all of the commotion. Some come to fulfill volunteer hours and school requirements.
Some come because a friend or family member brought them. Whatever the reason,
the important question is not why you come, but what you gain from the experience. Passing out clothes is fun (and needed), and serving food is admirable, but these are not the reasons we hold ALIVE. The reason ALIVE exists is so that people (both the homeless and our volunteers) can experience what it means to feel ALIVE. We fully expect that for some of you, your lives will never be the same again. Your hearts will be stirred and you will start to think differently about the way you serve others. Some of you will be bombarded with emotions and feelings of discomfort from being very close to needy people. Some of you will have your hearts softened, and some will choose to harden their hearts. But one thing is for sure: everyone will be changed.

WE have opportunities to volunteer as both an individual or as a group. Please fill out one of the following forms if you would like to feel ALIve November 9th, 2019.

For more information, please email

Clothes Sorting Event

Sunday, November 3rd 2019 2pm-6:30pm

635 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Do you like clothes?  Do you like sorting?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, please join us as we sort over 800 bags of winter clothes! On Sunday, November 3rd we will meet at Light of Life’s Ridge Avenue Building and will sort clothes for ALIVE. For this clothes sorting event, we will set aside all of the best clothes and sort them by size and gender. We will label, fold, and bag these clothes to be picked up later. Dinner will be served to all who participate. To sign up to help sort the clothes, please complete the form below:

Why should you volunteer?

ALIVE transforms lives. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these volunteer testimonies below.

What you Need to Know

For the past 15 years, we have committed ourselves to meeting the needs of the homeless by holding a community celebration event every November called ALIVE. This event brings together the homeless as they celebrate life, listen to live music, play games, receive an abundance of warm winter clothes and prizes, as well as enjoy a delicious hot meal. Over the years, we have seen this event increase in popularity as many of the homeless are shown dignity and respect, simply by being treated like ‘normal’ people. It is also a great opportunity for homeless families to enjoy time together without worrying about the public’s opinion of them. Last year’s event we saw over 400 people come out and enjoy the day. With the economy in the state that it is in, we have seen more homeless on the streets and expect around 600 people this year.


It will take over 250 volunteers and 800 bags of clothing to pull off ALIVE this year. If you are signed up to volunteer, check out our volunteer details and schedule or the day below.

For volunteers, ALIVE runs from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. 

Click the button below for volunteer details
for the day of ALIVE 2019