Our History

“We will go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand to reach and uplift those in need.”

Maud and Ballington Booth

Volunteers of America was co-founded in 1896 in New York City by social reformers Maud and Ballington Booth.  The Booths established “posts” throughout the nation, including one in Binghamton that was formed in 1896 and in Rochester during 1901.

Volunteers of America Upstate New York offers an array of programs that serve homeless families and individuals, at-risk children, veterans, men and women with a history of incarceration, and those who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues.