Helping America's most vulnerable®

Our Ministry of Service

Volunteers of America is a church without walls that answers God’s call to transform our communities through a ministry of service that demonstrates to all people that they are beloved.

About Our Ministry:

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    Our History

    Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by Maud and Ballington Booth. Their commission was to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the immediate knowledge and active service of God. As a product of the social gospel movement, Volunteers of America’s emphasis has always been on the unity of the message. The movement now embraces nearly all aspects of the Christian faith, reflecting a doctrine of pluralism that affirms the central truth of Christianity, but acknowledges the many paths that have developed to experiencing that truth.

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    Our Work. Our Faith.

    For more than a century, dedicated men and women have felt the call to Christian ministry in Volunteers of America. Our ministers are drawn from every Christian denomination and are encouraged to serve as active members of other churches. This understanding of ministry derives from the foundation of Volunteers of America as both a church and an “auxiliary” to the universal Christian church with a special mission of service. To be accepted as spiritual leaders in our ministry of service, Volunteers of America ministers must meet all requirements for theological study and spiritual formation.

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    Spiritual Support for Clients

    Volunteers of America co-founder Ballington Booth described the special role of Volunteers of America as “an organization which brings together the work of the church and the work of the social service organization.” For more than a century, Volunteers of America has provided essential services and opportunities to people of all faiths. We excel at meeting immediate needs, but are able to transform lives through our belief in, and reliance on, grace.

Principles of Faith

  • We are diverse individuals, drawn together as a ministry of service.
  • We are one church without walls.
  • We believe God's love is revealed to us through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that when serving the most vulnerable, an authentic spiritual transformation happens—for both giver and receiver.
  • We believe in God's boundless grace and mercy.
  • We believe that every individual deserves to be lifted up to the glory of God.

Join our Weekly Worship Service

Join us every Sunday at 11 a.m. EST for an interdenominational worship service streamed live from Gulf Coast Village, a Volunteers of America Continuing Care Retirement Community in Cape Coral, Florida. Click to view this week's service.