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  • December 1, 2017

    Nonprofits Must Adjust To A More Conservative Atmosphere

    Volunteers of America’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, believes that in 2018, the nonprofit sector will begin a nuanced veer to the right and gives a few reasons why.

  • November 30, 2017

    During the Christmas Season, Remember the True Spirit of Giving

    Every year, I’m frustrated and disappointed by the amount of attention given to Black Friday and the material aspects of Christmas. Most of the time, when people are interviewed about their motivations, they talk about buying things for themselves rather than using the holiday sales to buy gifts for others. The spirit of Christmas is not about buying the latest electronic gadget.

  • October 31, 2017

    Autumn Brings Little to No Relief to Hurricane Survivors

    For most of us, autumn is a time of joy and abundance. Traditionally the period of harvest, we spend this time of year celebrating the changing leaves, cooler temperatures, the upcoming holiday season and, for me in particular, the return of football and the World Series.

  • September 29, 2017

    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Impacted Our Clients

    In our line of business, we are accustomed to helping those most in need overcome challenges and rebuild lives. That’s hard work even under the best of circumstances; so imagine how much harder that task becomes at times of devastating natural disaster. During the past month, three places where Volunteers of America provides services have been significantly damaged by powerful hurricanes.

  • September 18, 2017

    Bringing the Excitement of Birthday Parties to Homeless Kids

    While we at Volunteers of America help those of all ages and walks of life, children experiencing poverty or homelessness are often the most heart-wrenching. They often were born into their situations, and are also the most powerless to change their lives for the better. These kids lose out on many of the childhood memories that others take for granted.

  • August 31, 2017

    Donate to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

    Flood waters recede in Houston, but the impact of Hurricane Harvey is going to be felt for years to come. Homes, belongings, even lives — washed away in a historical storm. The Texas community is coming together in the aftermath and your gift can help Volunteers of America as we provide emergency relief and rebuilding assistance to many in this proud city.

  • July 31, 2017

    No American, Young or Old, Should Be Forgotten

    ​Independence Day provides an opportunity every year to honor those serving in the military and reflect upon the sacrifices made to defend our country and its freedoms. While our thoughts naturally go to those currently serving, we shouldn’t forget to think about those who returned home and fell on hard times.

  • July 25, 2017

    A Bipartisan Healthcare Bill Needs to be Fully Vetted in Public

    Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will hold a procedural vote as early as this afternoon (July 25, 2017) to force the Senate to start debating a healthcare bill. Yet there is actually no bill that has been shared with the Senate, forcing Members to agree to move forward on something they haven’t even seen.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Working Poor: Helping Low-Income Families End Multi-Generational Poverty

    One of Volunteers of America’s greatest strengths is our diversity. Our work touches a wide variety of needs, including homelessness, addiction, disability and incarceration. One group we have served throughout our history is those people considered to be the “working poor,” who often struggle to support their families while overcoming limited education and multiple generations of poverty.

  • May 29, 2017

    At Every Stage of a Mother's Life, We're There

    While mothers represent pillars of love and support, we must never forget that often mothers need to be cared for, too. We see this at every level of service we offer at Volunteers of America. Many of our programs for low-income families focus on supporting single mothers with young children who need affordable housing, child care and other help.