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  • June 23, 2020

    Graduation Ceremony for VOACC Preschoolers

    More than 140 students from the Volunteers of America Children’s Center received their diplomas on Monday and Tuesday. Each family drove through the VOA’s parking lot to pick up a cap and the diploma. Parents were also able to stop for a photo op with their child. “For us, it’s really important,” VP of Services for Children and Families Rob Stedman said. “You’re recognizing the students but you’re also recognizing the family. We try to take a really holistic approach to what we do. Most of our families have been great about staying engaged with us since basically March 16 when we had to switch to virtual mode and so, we want to acknowledge them too and how much we appreciate their partnership in this really difficult situation.”

  • June 19, 2020

    Reentry Programs Face Extra Challenges from COVID-19

    “It’s really important work. These are people that are being released into our community. No matter what we think about what they did, not matter what we think about whether or not they should come back, they are coming back and we want them to have the best possible chance at being successful, not only for those individuals, but for the safety of all of us,” said Angela Harbin, Regional VP of Housing Services for Volunteers of America.

  • June 12, 2020

    VOA innovates amid COVID-19

    As a nonprofit that offers multiple face-to-face and residential services, the VOA had some difficult decisions to make, and the agency’s new leader was prepared for the task. “We were deemed an essential service from day one because we are the place people go to when they’ve got no place else to go,” Sullivan said of the early days of the pandemic.

  • May 18, 2020

    Keeping America Running - VOA

    In this session of 89.1 The Point's COVID-19 conversations, Lynn Sullivan, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Upstate New York shared how the VOA is working to support our region during the COVID-19 Crisis. Lynn also opened up about much the Rochester Community has worked to help the its members most in need.

  • May 14, 2020

    More TV Commercials Airing this Month

    VOA is airing several more commercials on 13WHAM News. If you haven't seen them yet, watch them here!

  • May 11, 2020

    VOA delivers gift baskets to senior ladies for "I Remember Mama"

    Breezy and Corey James from 98PXY invited Lynn Sullivan and Jordynn Barnhart onto their morning show to talk about I Remember Mama and what VOA is doing to let forgotten seniors know that they are still remembered on Mother's Day during the pandemic.

  • May 5, 2020

    30 and 15 Second Commercials

    VOA has been airing several commercials on News 8 WROC. If you haven't seen them yet, watch them here!

  • April 19, 2020

    Rochester In Focus: Volunteers of America reimagines annual Mother's Day event

    News10NBC's Emily Putnam talked with President and CEO Lynn Sullivan about her plans for the event, and how the coronavirus has impacted the demand on VOA centers as they remain open throughout the crisis.

  • April 13, 2020

    Homelessness could increase due to COVID-19, how VOA is trying to help

    More and more people are reaching out to Volunteers of America since the outbreak of COVID-19, looking for services like homeless shelters and residential programs, according to Vice president of housing services Angela Harbin.

  • March 10, 2020

    VOA To Add Homeless Veteran Housing in Downtown Rochester

    Volunteers of America Upstate New York announced at a press conference the building of seven new apartments for house homeless veterans in Rochester.