Each year we help more than 6,000 people in Upstate New York rise above the challenges of poverty with a safety net to help them start over. This would not be possible without the enthusiasm of our donors and partner organizations to raise awareness and celebrate the lives being changed in our communities. Throughout the year you will find events that offer opportunities to get involved and support those we serve. Below is a list of our main events throughout the year:

  • Celebration VOA

    "A Million Dreams" TV Broadcast

    Watch our "A Million Dreams" celebration broadcasted on Channel 8 WROC and hear directly from people whose lives have been changed by VOA through our continuum of homelessness prevention, childhood education, and reentry programs.

  • VOA Week Celebration

    VOA Week Celebration

    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 our founding, and is filled with many exciting activities to recognize and cherish the important moments that brought us to where we are today.

  • VOA Golf Tournament

    Annual Golf Tournament

    Every year, VOA hosts a charity golf tournament to raise funds for our essential programs and services. This year's 2021 tournament will be held on Monday, September 13th at Locust Hill Country Club. Stay tuned for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities.

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    I Remember Mama

    For 30+ years, VOA has honored elderly mothers in our community who would otherwise be alone on Mother's Day at our I Remember Mama Breakfast. Because of the need to keep our senior ladies safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans have changed for 2020 and 2021. Instead, we deliver special care packages on Mother’s Day to senior women so they can stay safely in their homes and know that the community is thinking of them on Mother’s Day.

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    Strikeout Poverty

    Before the pandemic, every time a Rochester Red Wings pitcher threw a strikeout to an opposing hitter, a donation was made to Volunteers of America. With the now virtual campaign, you can help raise money for VOA just by sharing a social media post! Every time a post is shared using the #STRIKEOUTPOVERTY, a donation is made to Volunteers of America on behalf of Citizen's Bank.

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    Other Events

    In addition to our annual events, VOA has hosted a number of others throughout the past few years (Art with Heart, Camp HEROES, Paper Craft & Crop, Operation Backpack, etc.) that have been put on hold due to the pandemic in order to keep all attendees, vendors and staff safe. We will provide updates on this page when information becomes available.