Volunteers of America touches the lives of almost 1.5 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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Since 1896, Volunteers of America has been helping America's most vulnerable men, women and children. And 123 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..
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 25, 2019
The Home Depot Foundation Pledges $2.1 Million to Volunteers of America to Provide Homes and Services to Veterans
Building on almost a decade of partnership in service to thousands of U.S. military veterans, The Home Depot Foundation has pledged $2.1 million in new veteran housing grants to Volunteers of America to address the critical needs of former service members. Since 2011, the Foundation has given nearly $17 million to Volunteers of America in support of better housing for veterans and their families.
May 16, 2019
The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health are hosting a conference on moral injury at the University of Southern California (3607 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles) May 29 to 31, 2019.
May 16, 2019
Volunteers of America has launched a significant moral injury initiative by establishing the Shay Moral Injury Center headed by Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D, a leading national theologian and moral injury expert who helps those in crisis.
News and Events
July 31, 2018
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.
May 15, 2018
More than 100 leaders from the human services, veterans, caregiving, faith and corporate communities came together May 15 to celebrate the launch of Volunteers of America’s new book: “The Momentum of Hope: Personal Stories of Moral Injury.” The book is part of our moral injury initiative through which we will explore the effects of moral injury and ways we can reach those affected.
December 13, 2017
On December 13, 2017, Volunteers of America broke ground on Parque para la Tercera Edad (Park for the Third Age) situated in the city center of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Volunteers of America has had a presence in Puerto Rico since 2007 with community corrections and housing programs and is excited to be partnering on this new park.