Bringing the excitement and fun of birthdays and family celebrations to homeless children at our programs across the country.
"My favorite thing during birthday parties is having children come to me and show off their painted faces or the crafts they got to do and allowing me to capture the joy in their eyes. These birthdays give myself and our donors a window into the pure joy of extremely resilient children. It's magical." – an employee describing our Brightening Birthdays™ program.
Those experiencing unstable housing issues often miss out on the celebrations most American families experience together, especially birthdays, and Brightening Birthdays™ helps change that. Participating local offices hold birthday parties – complete with cake and presents – for children and families who have experienced homelessness.
“Volunteers of America is very excited about Brightening Birthdays™," said Mike King, president and CEO. “Brightening Birthdays™ is guaranteed to bring smiles and fun for all involved. We are committed to helping families capture or recapture the happiness of being together in celebration, especially when times are tough."
Volunteers of America works nationally to prevent and end homelessness for thousands of individuals and families each year through a wide range of support services. These services include eviction prevention, emergency services, transitional housing with services and permanent affordable housing. Children, youth and families have been of special interest to Volunteers of America from its inception, and providing ways to stabilize and uplift each family in need is still a priority.
Volunteers of America has held more than 250 parties in 10 states for children celebrating birthdays in our programs. More than 1,000 birthday children celebrated with their families and were commemorated on their special days and over 4,250 additional children enjoyed sharing in the fun at birthday parties.
Members of the local community can help make these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies or making a financial contribution. Visit one of our participating local office sites.
- Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
- Volunteers of America Eastern Washington
- Volunteers of America Greater New York
- Volunteers of America Greater Ohio
- Volunteers of America Mid-States
- Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada
- Volunteers of America Upstate New York
- Volunteers of America Texas
- Volunteers of America Western Washington
With the support of Major League Baseball Players Trust, Brightening Birthdays™ allows children and families to experience joy, fun and recognition.