In 1933, a group of 24 young women met at the home of Mrs. Julian Burke and formed The Junior Auxiliary of Alexandria Hospital. The group took its name, “The Twig,” from a contest entry by Mrs. Nellie Sommers Blackwell. The name describes the organization’s origin as a small branch of the “tree” which supported Alexandria Hospital.
The Twig has remained true to the goals of its charter members by helping the Inova Alexandria Hospital to provide the highest quality medical service. The Twig operates a successful thrift shop in Old Town Alexandria and hosts the Historic Alexandria Homes Tour. Together We Ignite Giving (T.W.I.G.) is a new campaign, created during the pandemic, to reach out to partners in the community who support Twig’s mission. Funds are also raised through a variety of smaller fundraisers, including the sale of a popular series of cookbooks, the latest of which is Alexandria – Favorite Restaurants – Best Recipes.
In addition to fundraising on behalf of the hospital, The Twig participates in numerous events to support hospital staff and the local community.