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  • March 31, 2017

    We Recognize the Key Role Women Play in Strengthening Our Society

    March commemorates Women's History Month. International Women's Day and the anniversary of Volunteers of America's founding also happen to both land on March 8 – how appropriate for an organization co-founded by a strong, trailblazing woman far ahead of her time.

  • February 27, 2017

    Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    This time of year, notions of love get wrapped up in the trappings of Valentine's Day, with its hearts and cupids and romantic proclamations. Unfortunately, all too often when people think of love, this is all that comes to mind … the superficial, rather than deeper and more long-lasting expressions of love. With love, it doesn't matter so much what you say but rather what you do. Don't tell me you love me; show me you love me, instead.

  • January 31, 2017

    Our Mission Has Remained Unwavering

    As 2016 came to a close, there was much venting in the popular discourse about how awful a year it had been. Most of this focused on the volume of high-profile celebrity deaths combined with thoughts on the presidential campaign and subsequent election. In the New Year, consternation over the new administration and what the future may hold has become an almost constant point of conversation, especially on social media and cable news.

  • December 27, 2016

    The True Spirit of Christmas

    The spirit of Christmas in our culture has become divided between two seemingly contradictory priorities – the traditional spirit of giving and generosity, mixed with materialism and the search for bargains. We must remember that the true spirit of Christmas is not about buying the latest electronic gadget for 50 percent off.

  • November 24, 2016

    Counting Our Blessings

    ​With the hustle and hassles of the holiday season, it's easy to forget that this time of year has been set aside for us to count our blessings – family, friends, good health. Political division and ugliness over the past year have placed a cloud over the heads of many that continues to cast a shadow. Making matters worse, giving thanks seems to get lost as we segue from turkey day to Black Friday and the month-long buying frenzy leading up to Christmas.

  • November 10, 2016

    How the Private Sector is Helping Veterans

    Human capital is our nation’s most valuable resource, and finding the best ways to apply it, is imperative to building a strong economy and fostering job security when our men and women in uniform return home. Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to defend our freedom, and a hero’s welcome needs to extend beyond the jetway. It will be up to the private sector to step up to the plate, and it’s encouraging to see many tackling the issue.

  • October 25, 2016

    The Virtue of Patience

    Beyond the corn mazes and pumpkins, to me the traditional autumn harvest season celebrates the virtue of patience. The fruits of the farmer's labor that arrive in the fall depend on hard work six months earlier, during the spring planting season. The farmer knows he or she will need to wait half a year before those tiny seeds turn into something viable, and maintain faith that a bountiful harvest will come with no guarantee of success.

  • September 1, 2016

    Giving Every Child A Chance

    ​As any parent with small children knows, back to school time can be expensive. In fact, many parents spend more money preparing for the new school year than they do at Christmas. American families expect to spend an average of $673.57 on back to school supplies in 2016, up 9.6 percent from the year before. For even comfortably middle class families, this can be a daunting sum … imagine preparing kids to return to class if your family is homeless.

  • July 28, 2016

    Volunteers of America Takes Pride in its Diversity

    The news lately has become heavily focused on strife resulting from divisions in our society. Whether those divisions stem from race, religion, sexual orientation, economics or any number of other factors, listening to the news would make you think that our country is now collapsing under the weight of its own disjointed diversity. This is greatly distressing, especially because diversity has and continues to be a key factor that makes America great.

  • July 1, 2016

    Charities, Stop Stereotyping People of Color as Needy

    Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at Volunteers of America, discusses how nonprofits need to change visual content to reflect the demographic reality of poverty and vulnerability in the United States and that nonprofits must stop using good intentions and puerile naïveté as excuses to remain oblivious to color and the implications of how it is perceived.