About Us

Our Mission

Volunteers of America Western Nebraska (VOAWN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being while serving children, families, and communities by providing programs to encourage self-sufficiency, increase health equity, and promote positive developmental growth to help Nebraska's most vulnerable. Our work touches the mind, body, and spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective human service programming.


Our History

Volunteers of America have a long history of serving rural Nebraska. Mary Beard started the Western Nebraska affiliate in 1944 by holding a birthday party for herself and donating free school supplies and silver dollars to children who attended. In 1984, Volunteers of America started a community health program and incorporated it with our VOAWN programming. Community support has allowed the organization to grow and expand in the years since.

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