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Mission: Volunteers of America for more than 100 years has provided effective programs for people in need, helping them make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people each year. From rural America to inner-city neighborhoods, Volunteers of America engages its 11,000 professional staff and more than 30,000 volunteers each year in designing and operating programs that deal with today''s most pressing social needs. Volunteers of America is a major provider of long-term nursing and health services. It is the nation''s largest nonprofit provider of quality affordable housing for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Volunteers of America provides a wide range of programs for children and youth. Volunteers of America''s goal is to show through its programs and services that "there are no limits to caring".

Programs: More than 88 cents of every dollar Volunteers of America spends goes directly to services for individuals, families, and communities. Volunteers of America programs help abused and neglected children, youth at risk, the frail elderly, the disabled, homeless individuals and families, and people needing emergency services. Volunteers of America also provides day care and after school programs and foster care for children. Substance abuse programs include both residential and outpatient treatment for alcohol and drug addiction as well as preventive education programs. Mental health programs are community based and include counseling, hotline services, and supported independent living. The organization strengthens community life through volunteer training and placement. Homeless programs address the root causes of homelessness through job training, and transitional and permanent housing. Health care services include nursing home care, therapy, home health care, and outpatient clinical services. Programs for people with developmental disabilities promote independence through job training and placement, life skills training, and supported and assisted living. Volunteers of America runs correctional programs designed to rehabilitate offenders through halfway houses and re-entry programs, work release programs, and mediation services.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a familly desperately in need i have a 9 year old son and a 3 year old daughter and am a singal mother and was just aware of this program and did not know the deadline was november 9th and i am wondering if theres anyway i can get help please? my name is brandi please if you know anyway i can receive help please email ( brandi111303@yahoo.com )

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have worked at VOA-Sacramento because I was able to see their mission statement in action "to reach and uplift all people". Words cannot express how many clients are served and lives changed. I worked with the homeless population and experienced so much love at VOA from the staff. They go above the call of duty! As a matter of fact, I still hang around as a volunteer. This shows how this agency is doing their part in helping others to grow.

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Rating: 5

I was delighted to become involved with Volunteers of America when I moved to Reno last year. As a new Reno resident, I was looking for meaningful volunteer work for an organization that makes a real difference in our community. Since becoming a donor, volunteer and Northern Nevada advisory council member, I have enjoyed wonderful experiences at the shelter programs, an Artown exhibit displaying beautiful art created by program clients, and made lifelong friends. I look forward to partnering with Volunteers of America for years to come as we work together to help make a better future for the people we serve.


Rating: 5

As a volunteer and advisory council member since 2010, I have been impressed and deeply touched by the shelter programs of Volunteers of America in Northern Nevada. Staff are caring and professional, and the programs offer so much more than a place to sleep. Shelter residents attend classes and work on goals designed to help them reach a state of productive independence. Enrichment activites including art, poetry and monthly birthday parties for children residing at the Family Shelter offer invaluable experiences for residents and help give them a reason to hope for a brighter future. Volunteers of America is a blessing to our community and to our country.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I can only speak of the reno/ northern california area of this agency , however that having been said, I have never experienced such unethical and ilegal behavior as I have in the homeless services branch of this org. employees are treated poorly , clients are treated poorly, funds are mis-managed and staff are poorly trained and supervised. I strongly encourage folks to find another charity to give their hard earned money to at least until they can make some changes in leadership...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In better times I have given freely to a variety of charities but in today's economy I find myself in the position of needing charity myself. Very few charities manage their funds more responsibly or give of themselves more freely then the VOA. I am a veteran and speaking on behalf of many veterans who find themselves faced with homelessness and an uncaring society the VOA stands out as a beacon of hope. The services they offer to veterns of all ages gives us reason for hope and the positive environment we most desperately need. I only wish the VA did half as much for our veterans faced with homelessness as does the VOA.

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