Volunteers of America touches the lives of almost 2 million people in 400 communities across the United States each year. Since 1896, our highly-trained and dedicated staff, numbered at over 16,000, and volunteer corps have worked, not only to serve those most in need, but also have strived to innovate and transform the way in which these services are delivered. These human service leaders offer a wealth of expertise in their fields, whether it's providing care and services to low-income seniors, developing and managing affordable housing, finding shelter and services for homeless veterans, or helping those in prison re-build family relationships that lead to successful lives.
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122 Years of Helping Those in Need
Since 1896, Volunteers of America has been helping America's most vulnerable men, women and children. And 122 years later, we have almost 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives. Learn more about our name and what “volunteer” meant back in 1896 when we were founded..
46.2 Million Americans Live in Poverty
In America, 744,313 people are homeless on any given night. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty.
Moral Injury and Collective Healing
The emerging issue of moral injury has been most often associated with returning military personnel. However, Volunteers of America believes this construct extends beyond the military setting, requiring more investigation into how to identify and treat moral injury among diverse populations.
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June 5, 2018
Volunteers of America Honors John Georges With its 2018 Empathy Award
Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and oldest human service organizations, presented New Orleans newspaper publisher John Georges with the organization’s 2018 Empathy Award in recognition for his efforts to aid the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina.
June 5, 2018
Volunteers of America Honors Mark V. Ingram II with its 2018 Booth Award
Volunteers of America awarded its highest honor – the 2018 Ballington and Maud Booth Award – to New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram in recognition of his work mentoring local children, in particular those with an incarcerated parent.
June 5, 2018
Volunteers of America Honors the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and David Fennelly
Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and oldest human services charities, presented its 2018 Outstanding Community Service Award to the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and to New Orleans business leader David Fennelly
News and Events
August 13, 2020
May 8, 2020
Collection Drive for South OKC Seniors
During shelter in place orders for seniors, the elderly and those vulnerable are having difficulty meeting basic needs of food and hygiene items.
July 31, 2018
More Americans Are Living in Their Cars Due to High Housing Costs
As CBS News reports, the number of people who live in their cars because they can't find affordable housing is on the rise with the problem increasing in cities with expensive housing markets, including Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco. This problem is one Volunteers of America Illinois and Volunteers of America, Dakotas are all too familiar with.