Volunteers of America is active in many coalitions, working closely with other nonprofit and human services organizations on issues of common interest. Coalitions provide an effective way to share information, expertise and resources, resulting in a far more powerful and concentrated impact than is possible by multiple organizations working alone.
Taking a leadership role in coalitions across a broad spectrum of issues, Volunteers of America is able to successfully advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Following is a list of coalitions in which we play an active part.
Low-Income Population Supports
The Coalition on Human Needs
A coalition of organizations that work on behalf of low-income individuals and support programs. Members include Catholic Charities USA, Easter Seals, Children’s Defense Fund and Lutheran Services of America.
National Human Services Assembly – Washington Group
National Collaborative for Youth and National Collaborative for Families leverage the National Human Services Assembly's network of 80 health and human service member organizations to promote family policy that contributes to family economic and social empowerment. Members include The Girl Scouts of America, The United Way, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and more.
Aging / Disability
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations
This 64-member coalition of the nation's nonprofit organizations serving older Americans is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population. Members include AARP, National Council on Aging, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), AFL-CIO and Lutheran Services of America.
LEAD/Leaders Engaging on Alzheimer’s Disease
Assembled by activist and philanthropist George Vradenburg, this coalition focuses on bringing greater awareness to the costs and concerns of Alzheimer’s disease.
Charitable Giving Coalition
This newly formed coalition works to maintain the itemized deduction for charitable donations. Members include Leadership 18, United Way, American Red Cross and other large non profit organizations.
Campaign for Better Care
Volunteers of America works within this coalition to ensure that the needs of low-income families are not lost or neglected during the process of health care reform. Members include the National Partnership for Women & Families, Community Catalyst, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Health Law Program.
National Low Income Housing Coalition
With a large membership that includes developers, providers and advocates, this coalition is dedicated to achieving public policy that assures that people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future
Launched in 2003, this coalition is committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals.
PWG – Policy Working Group
A collaboration of members that represent clients who use affordable housing, this group works to support more affordable housing and increased options for those programs , such as service-enriched housing. Members include the staffs of NLIHC, SAHF, National Housing Coalition and the Housing Assistance Council.
The National Criminal Justice Commission Act Coalition
This coalition includes members from the law enforcement community, family advocacy groups, the National Association of Social Workers and the Open Policy Society.
Independent Sector Public Policy Committee
This committee brings together policy staffers from throughout the nonprofit world to focus on those issues that directly impact nonprofits, such as timeliness of government payments, estate tax reform, charitable giving tax deductions, etc. Members include national and local-level nonprofits.