At Volunteers of America (VOA), we are dedicated to creating lasting change in the community through safe housing, comprehensive human services, enriching education, and access to quality healthcare. By focusing on long-term solutions to poverty and homelessness, we strive to provide individuals with the support they need to achieve stability and thrive. Together, we can build a brighter future by addressing the root causes of inequality and empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives and reach their full potential.

Featured Highlights

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    I Remember Mama

    You can sponsor a senior mother for $45, $90 or $450 to guarantee a special gift for a woman in our community this Mother’s Day. Your donation can be made to honor a special woman in your life, such as your mother or grandmother. Volunteers of America will send that person a Mother’s Day card informing them of your contribution. Donations must be made by May 4, 2024!

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    Strike Out Poverty

    Join VOA and the Rochester Red Wings as we #StrikeOutPoverty at every home game starting March 29th! Every time a Red Wings pitcher strikes out an opposing hitter this season, a donation is made to VOA. You can make your own donation or sponsor this campaign by clicking below or directly from your phone! Text the word STRIKE to 366283 to donate to this campaign. Thank you to Citizens for sponsoring #StrikeOutPoverty!

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    VOA's Annual Gala

    Our Annual Gala will be held April 18, 2024 at The Arbor Loft. This special fundraising event will help to raise essential funds for our programs and celebrate the inner power we have to make a difference.

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    We are Hiring!

    Are you passionate about making a difference in our community? Come join VOA! We are hiring for several job positions, including teachers, case managers, cooks, resident assistants and more! View jobs by clicking the button below and apply today!


Serving Americas Most Vulnerable & Overlooked Populations

Since 1896, VOA has worked to address the complex challenges of poverty and homelessness by providing more than 30 programs and services that empower people to become self-reliant and reach their full potential.


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    Homelessness Prevention

    VOA offers a continuum of housing programs and services: emergency shelters, supportive housing, housing for seniors, housing for veterans, rapid re-housing, rental assistance, and a residential reentry center. We believe the key to addressing homelessness is providing a continuum of support services (in addition to housing and food) to help people develop more stable, self-sufficient lives.

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    Childhood Education

    Our center has grown into one of the largest providers of early childhood programming within the city of Rochester. We serve hundreds of children and families on an annual basis and provides such additional support services as a full-time registered nurse, on-site dental care, family development services, on-going parent training, full-day care, and disability supports for children with special needs.

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    Reentry Programs

    VOA provides reentry programs in Rochester and Binghamton that change lives. Our Residential Reentry Center and Community-Based Residential Programs reduce recidivism by helping foster a positive transition after incarceration. The services we provide include: housing, specialized case management, employment assistance, and life skills training to help people develop positive, self-reliant lives.

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  • 200,000

    nights of safe shelter provided each year

  • 438,000

    meals provided annually

  • 75,600

    days of education provided every year for at-risk children

  • 5,000

    people served in Upstate New York each year