When Volunteers of America was founded in 1896, volunteerism derived from a military context and to “volunteer” one’s time in service to others was a full-time commitment. Our founders, Maud and Ballington Booth, and other early members of our organization came to call themselves Volunteers of America because they volunteered their whole lives to help people in need. This included - not only volunteering their time - but also their hearts, their spirits and their professional prosperity.
Today, each year Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through programs that are staffed by full-time, paid professionals who have adopted this same ideal of service as their full-time mission. However, that does not mean that we do not also depend on an army of modern-day “volunteers” who offer their free time to support our volunteer programs nationwide. In fact, in 2013 more than 55,000 volunteers devoted more than one million hours to hundreds of Volunteers of America programs and activities nationwide – and we can always use more volunteers!
Why Volunteer? Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own.
The intent of volunteerism is to both generate and harness the community’s desire to assist in the overall improvement of the quality of life for everyone. Each individual brings a unique perspective, which fosters relationships and interaction with others.
Volunteering Promotes Social Change
Several factors drive people into community service, but the powerful force behind volunteering is the social change that is made through the inspiration of people to make a difference to help those in need. Organizations like ours can not function without the energy and input of volunteers like you.
Volunteering is an invaluable experience and engaging in service creates a valuable dimension to all communities. We invite you to explore volunteering opportunities in your community. Help us help others.
More About Volunteering Opportunities
Everyone Can Help
We know that everyone has a talent to offer, whether it’s expertise in a particular field or simply offering their valuable time to help fulfill volunteer opportunities within their community
How Can I Get Involved with Volunteering?
Volunteers of America has a number of programs that individuals can volunteer for locally. Our 35 local offices across the US have partners with hundreds of organizations and volunteer centers.
Action Teams: A Youth Volunteer Program
Volunteers of America has partnered with Major League Baseball players Trust to help promote youth volunteering.