Imagine losing everything with no place to turn. Your compassion can change a life.

Meet George and Katrina Ellis

Struggling to provide for themselves and their growing family, George and Katrina Ellis found themselves on the brink of homelessness several years ago when they lost their rental home and couldn't find another they could afford.

George Ellis, who worked two food-service jobs at the time his family faced homelessness, knows that well. "I was working 15 to 20 hours a day and we still couldn't make it," said Ellis.

With help from the Volunteers of America, which housed them for nine months in its Unity House, the couple has recovered financially and lives in a new rental home with their five boys ages 9, 8, 7, 5 and 1.

Read George and Katrina’s full story here

Nationwide Programs, Community Impact

You may not know us by name, but we’re in your community. A human service organization called Volunteers of America leads people to believe that we place people with volunteer jobs. The reality is that we don’t do that at all. What do we do?

Our nationwide network of caregivers, supporters, and caring community members give life-changing aid to your neighbors and families in their darkest hours:

• In Louisville, Kentucky, our Freedom House gives mothers struggling with addiction a place to heal and to stay together with their kids.

• Operation Backpack provides tens of thousands of disadvantaged children around New York City with backpacks and school supplies to give them an equal start with other classmates.

• The Blue Butterfly Village in Los Angeles gives women veterans fighting homelessness a safe space to raise and care for their families.

Want to learn more about our programs in your neighborhood?

  • Your Impact

    Are you looking to make an immediate and direct impact in your community? Here’s what your generosity helped accomplish (so far):

    • 1,500,000 neighbors in need served
    • 23,000 homeless veterans helped back on their feet
    • 25,000 homeless families and individuals provided affordable housing 
    • 17,500 people have interrupted the cycle of addiction
    • 8,000 seniors provided skilled nursing care and assisted living services
    • XXX homes rebuilt for victims of natural disasters
    • XXX,XXX backpacks stuffed with school supplies for children in need
    • XXX,XXX mentor relationships forged for disadvantaged youth to help them rise up
    • XXX,XXX,XXX meals delivered to aging neighbors
    • 400 communities served in 40 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico

    But there’s still so much more to do. You can make an immediate impact and change a life in your community by supporting these critical programs and more.

  • VOA: Your Charity of Choice

    A BBB Accredited Charity

    As one of the oldest and largest non-profits in the nation, Volunteers of America (VOA) is trusted by people across the U.S., driven by their values and faith to make a difference in their communities and support their vulnerable neighbors. We value your support with 88 cents of every $1 goes directly to our programs and services. By donating to VOA, you provide the resources for life-saving programs.

    Why People Give to VOA


    "When I realized that I would be soon receiving $1,200 in COVID-19 relief funds, I didn’t immediately think of purchasing something for myself that I might want but not need. I am a retired teacher, and I will continue to receive a pension and social security payments every month. I immediately thought of donating this $1,200 to be of use in my community. That led me to the VOA Food Pantry in Everett, Washington. I am sending my $1,200...that are helping others not as fortunate as myself during this pandemic."

    Miles & Gemma

    "I wanted to get some money for my piggy bank so people can have a lot of food and so they can buy stuff and they can be happy." When 4-year-old Miles overheard his mom talking on the phone about her donation to Volunteers of America Western Washington's Food Pantry in Everett, he decided to act. He enlisted his older sister Gemma, and together they did extra chores to put money in their piggy bank. Recently, with delivery service provided by their mom, they delivered $29.00 to our VOA's Casino Road Food Pantry. Thanks Miles and Gemma! You are making a difference in the world.

Please don’t wait. Make a difference today!

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