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  • April 23, 2018

    Supporting Mothers on Mother's Day and Throughout the Year

    ​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 21, 2018

    What is Moral Injury? It Can Teach Us About Our Own Humanity

    Moral injury is an anguish so deep it leaves only shreds of a soul. Anyone who works with marginalized populations at risk has probably seen that empty stare of a broken spirit: people living in poverty, people struggling with addiction, people carrying unprocessed grief and guilt.

  • March 7, 2018

    Women are the Foundations of their Families

    Women are caretakers. They care for kids, for parents, for elderly neighbors who don’t have anyone else to watch over them. They act as the glue holding together extended families. This is why so many of the programs offered by Volunteers of America focus on women, especially mothers.

  • February 5, 2018

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery: Our Work is Far From Over

    At Volunteers of America, we’re at our best when times are at their worst. In addition to our usual work helping America’s most vulnerable, we took on the critical mission in recent months of helping Puerto Rico recover and rebuild following two devastating hurricanes. Our work is far from over, as we transition in the New Year from the relief effort to long-term recovery.

  • December 26, 2017

    Volunteers of America's 2018 New Year's Goals

    As we wrap up Christmas and look ahead to the New Year, this season always provides an opportunity to envision what we want to accomplish in the next 12 months. The current political and cultural environment provides a lot of uncertainty, which makes planning for the future all the more difficult, especially for an organization like Volunteers of America.

  • 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

    Hurricane Maria Relief: Survivors Still Need Help

    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

    Helping Homeless Children Celebrate their Birthdays

    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.