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Volunteers of America (VOA) provides long-term solutions to homelessness, poverty, addiction, education and criminal behavior through more than 34 different programs and services in our community. Since 1896, VOA has touched the lives of more than 1 million people across Upstate New York - from homeless families and individuals, to frail seniors, struggling veterans, impoverished children, men and women who have been incarcerated, and those recovering from addiction.

Featured Highlights

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    Thank you Bank of America!

    Many thanks to Bank of America for their Presenting Sponsorship at this year's Power of One Virtual Gala! We are extremely grateful for their partnership and contributions over the years. On behalf of VOA and all we serve, THANK YOU! Click the button below to watch impactful videos featured during our Gala, including Bank of America's Presenting Sponsor Message.

    Power of One Gala
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    VOA Recognized as Level Up Champion!

    A Level Up Champion is an employer that has taken the first step toward wage equity by instituting a $15 or higher starting wage within their organization. This commitment demonstrates their investment in their employees and is one way they are doing their part to address poverty in the Greater Rochester Area. VOA is proud to be recognized as a Level Up Champion!

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    Strike Out Poverty

    Join VOA and the Rochester Red Wings as we #StrikeOutPoverty! Every time a Red Wings pitcher strikes out an opposing hitter this season, Citizens will make a donation to VOA. All funds raised through our Strike Out Poverty campaign directly supports VOA's life-saving services.

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Serving Americas Most Vulnerable & Overlooked Populations

Since 1896, VOA has worked to address the complex challenges of poverty and homelessness by providing more than 34 programs and services that empower people to become self-reliant and reach their full potential.

OUR 3 KEY AREAS OF SERVICE

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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 nationally accredited center has grown into one of the largest providers of early childhood programming within the city of Rochester. The center serves more than 500 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 help adults transition from incarceration and get a fresh start. 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

  • 6,000

    people served in Upstate New York each year

  • 100%

    parent satisfaction rate for the overall quality of our programs at our Children's Center.