For 125 years, Volunteers of America has served on the frontlines helping countless people in need. In 1896, when social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth founded VOA, it was for the same mission we maintain today—to serve the country’s most vulnerable. From homeless veterans to seniors and families in need to at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, and those recovering from addiction, our organization continues to transform and empower lives in 400 communities nationwide.
In 2021, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary, VOA has become one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human services organizations with 16,000 paid professionals, touching the lives of 1.5 million people a year. We operate 30 affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Most recently, VOA launched programs to help those with moral injury. “Volunteers of America has become one of the largest charities in the U.S.,” National President Mike King explained. “When the organization sees an area where assistance is needed, it mobilizes.”
About the word “volunteer”: When we were founded, volunteerism had a different meaning. To “volunteer” meant to serve others as a vocation. Early members of VOA called themselves “Volunteers of America” and carried on under the slogan “For God and Country.”