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  • September 8, 2020

    Eagle Scout Volunteers to Renovate VOA's Guest House Playroom

    A 15-year-old Boy Scout in Mendon's Troop 105, Noah Adams, visited the Volunteers of America's emergency family shelter and volunteered to renovate the kids' playroom for his Eagle Scout project. "It's very important to me that kids can be kids and they can have a safe and fun place to play and be themselves," he said. "It was a great learning experience and it will bring a lot of joy to the kids who are in a difficult time in their lives," said Noah.

  • August 19, 2020

    Lynn Sullivan appears on "Missions in Action" on Family Life Network

    Filling the gaps for people facing poverty. That’s the aim of Volunteers of America. President & CEO, Lynn Sullivan, appeared on Family Life Network with Traci Woolsey's "Missions In Action" news segment.

  • July 22, 2020

    VOA announces Alicia Davis as new Director of Housing & Shelter Services for Broome County

    Volunteers of America is announcing Alicia Davis as the new Housing and Shelter Services Director for Broome County amid the coronavirus pandemic."I want to see my community doing well and thriving, and everybody living their best life in Broome County," said Davis.

  • July 22, 2020

    VOA hires new Director of Housing and Shelter Services

    Alicia Davis took over as the new Director of Housing and Shelter Services on July 6th. She has been working with the homeless community for the past 7 years.The VOA works to help veterans and their families find temporary and permanent housing solutions, as well as assist with other resources they may need.

  • July 16, 2020

    VOA's Angela Harbin, announced winner in "COVID-19 Heroes" category for the Health Care Heroes awards

    After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the RBJ accepted nominations for health care professionals who were making exceptional efforts to help our region fight this health crisis. Dozens of nominations were made by community members who supplied testimonials on what these professionals were doing to address coronavirus-related health needs. VOA's Regional VP of Housing Services, Angela Harbin, was announced as a winner in the "COVID-19 Heroes" category for the Health Care Heroes awards.

  • July 14, 2020

    VOA awarded grant to help women and girls living in poverty achieve economic independence

    VOA is one of ten local organizations that will share nearly $200,000 in grants from Rochester Women’s Giving Circle this year. Grants are made to organizations in Monroe County that help women and girls living in poverty to gain the education, training, skills and jobs necessary to achieve economic independence.Volunteers of America was awarded training scholarships for women in VOA programs.

  • 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 19, 2020

    RBJ announces VOA as Reader Rankings honoree for "Best Day Care"

    The Rochester Business Journal recently announced that the VOA Children's Center is a 2020 Reader Rankings honoree for "Best Day Care" in Rochester. Nearly 6,000 nominations were collected during the nomination period in March. The winners were determined by nearly 40,000 votes cast from May 4-29.

  • 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.

  • March 10, 2020

    VOA expects 7 new supportive housing units for homeless in 2021

    Volunteers of America is announcing more housing opportunities in Rochester for people who are homeless.

  • March 10, 2020

    VOA celebrates state grant for new housing units

    Volunteers of America is marking its 124th anniversary this week. Over the years, VOA has helped thousands in our area achieve permanent housing.

  • March 10, 2020

    VOA will add seven more apartments at Cooper Union

    Volunteers of America Upstate New York will transform the vacant first-floor space of Cooper Union at 119 State St. into seven supportive housing units for homeless individuals.