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  • 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.

  • June 23, 2016

    Easing the Pain of Those Most Affected by Needless Violence

    ​When something horrific occurs, we become overwhelmed by the stories of those who were murdered, those who were injured, and the many loved ones left behind to grieve. Their suffering is evident, and the political debates surrounding this horrible act have only just begun. At times like this, we must remember the names and faces of those who lost their lives, as well as support those in our own lives who may be traumatized by what has happened.

  • June 7, 2016

    Available, Affordable Housing Remains Out of Reach for an Increasing Number of Americans

    A recent report shows that a full time worker needs to earn $20.30 per hour to afford a modest two bedroom apartment. We believe that federal, state and local governments should do more to provide additional resources, or to make the development of affordable rental housing more expeditious.

  • May 30, 2016

    Now It's Time for Us to Serve Them

    For most Americans, Memorial Day represents the unofficial start of summer. Of course, we know the true purpose of the day … a time to remember the ultimate sacrifices made by brave men and women in uniform who gave their lives in defense of our country. Memorial Day also provides another opportunity for Americans to honor those veterans who are still with us and thank them for their service.

  • April 28, 2016

    Care for the caregivers: Programs that support women

    In the coming weeks, many Volunteers of America affiliates will host special "I Remember Mama" luncheons to honor older women who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to spend Mother's Day with their own children. These events have become beloved traditions for us, and speak to the true essence of our mission to uplift all people and help them live the most fulfilling, joyful lives possible.

  • March 29, 2016

    A History of Helping America's Most Vulnerable

    ​More than a century ago, our co-founder Maud Booth made quite the name for herself. In a time when women rarely worked outside the home, Maud did things in the name of charity that most proper Victorian ladies would never dream to consider. She became known as the "little mother of the prisons" because she would go into Sing Sing prison to minister to the inmates – something most men of the era, let alone women, would never imagine doing.

  • February 28, 2016

    The Greatest Expressions of Love Come from Caring for Others Who are Hard to Love

    During the Valentine’s season, statements of love bombard us from all directions – some of them profound and some of them cheesy. In the profound category, Oscar Wilde once said, "Who, being loved, is poor?" There's a lot of truth in this statement. Love transcends material wealth and brings true meaning and joy into one's life.

  • January 20, 2016

    New Year's Resolutions

    With the start of the New Year, many of us use this time as an opportunity to identify those areas of our lives we would like to improve and "resolve" to make a change for the better. Most of these are relatively simple resolutions, like eating better or going to the gym more often. Sometimes we are more successful at changing our lives than others. We may falter a few times before achieving lasting, positive change.

  • December 14, 2015

    Your Support Makes a Critical Difference in the Lives of People We Serve

    With the unseasonably warm weather in most of the country this December, many have complained about how difficult it has been to get into the Christmas spirit. For those of us who grew up in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s hard to believe that the season of joy is upon us when it feels more like Easter outside.