Helping America's most vulnerable®


When VOA co-founders Maud and Ballington Booth thought of names for their new organization in 1896, one word remained prominent: "volunteer.” In those days, a volunteer was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause.   The agency name Volunteers of America was chosen because it signified that the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others.

Volunteering is part of our agency foundation and a large part of our continued success.