For 125 years, Volunteers of America has worked on the frontlines of service to help countless people in need. During 2021, for our milestone anniversary, we will share the faces and stories of the varied people who have benefited from this work, as well as the many VOA workers who have dedicated themselves to service to others.
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.”
125th Anniversary Video
For 125 Years, Volunteers of America has served America’s most vulnerable. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 1.5 million people in over 400 communities.
125th Commemorative Gazette Issue
Since its founding in 1896, Volunteers of America has published The Gazette. Co-founders Maud and Ballington Booth, both prolific writers, spread the news of the organization's work across the nation through this historic publication. Volunteers of America honors their legacy with the publication of its 125th Commemorative Gazette Issue.