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  • October 25, 2016

    How We Help Those in Need

    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. 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

    Assisting Low-Income Kids with Back to School Needs

    ​As any parent with small kids 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. 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

    Helping the Working Poor

    The news lately has become heavily focused on strife resulting from divisions in our society. 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

    Moral Injury: Easing the Pain of Those Most Affected by Violence

    ​When something horrific occurs, we become overwhelmed by the stories of those suffering 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

    Affordable Housing Remains Out of Reach for Some 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

    How Volunteers of America Honors Memorial Day

    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 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.

  • February 28, 2016

    Sometimes Love is Not Enough

    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.