Empowering and Uplifting ALL People for 125 Years

Since our founding in 1896, VOA has served more than one million people, providing them with essential services including safe housing for the homeless, education for at-risk children, reentry programs for those who have been incarcerated, and support for struggling veterans. With your support, we’ll help a million more people in the years to come!


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    Attend our Virtual Gala

    This 45-minute inspirational event will be held on Thursday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for a fun, captivating evening that will include: aspirational stories of achievement, entertainment, auctions, celebratory event boxes, and our vision for a better world! This event will raise vital funds for VOA’s programs, ensuring that we can continue to help those most vulnerable in our community.

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    Participate in VOA Week

    Every year, VOA takes the time to recognize when Volunteers of America was officially founded on March 8, 1896. VOA Week is celebrated during that week of March 8th and is filled with many exciting activities to recognize and cherish the important moments that brought us to where we are today.

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    Make a Gift

    Donations come in many shapes and forms, and your contribution can make a BIG impact. The most familiar form of donation tends to be the gift of money. In addition to this, there are many ways you can make a difference in the living of families, children, veterans and others in Upstate NY. You can: host a donation drive to collect much-needed supplies, donate your time by volunteering, donate your unwanted vehicles, stocks, etc.

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125 Faces of Hope

  • December 29, 2020

    1 - Tom

    Tom took on full custody of his 5-year-old autistic nephew when his sister was battling drug addiction. The added costs of looking after a second child with a disability soon took a financial toll. Once school let out for the summer, Tom didn’t have any child care options for the children so he began taking both of them with him to his job in food delivery. He was missing shifts and soon he couldn’t pay his rent and was facing eviction. He was considering living out of his car when he turned to Volunteers of America for help.

  • December 29, 2020

    2 - Leslie

    At just 6 years old, Leslie was already struggling with school. She wasn’t doing her homework or following instructions from her teachers. Once she started attending the After School and School-Age Summer Camp Programs at the Volunteers of America Children’s Center she was able to turn everything around.

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    3 - Daniel

    Daniel* came to Volunteers of America to turn his life around. He had served 9 years in prison for stealing merchandise from a store. He was a recovering alcoholic and was living with a chronic health condition. He was placed at one of VOA’s reentry programs to finish his sentence and prepare to become a positive, contributing member of society upon release.