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.
If you are interested in volunteering please review the options below and fill out the volunteer form to apply. Please note many volunteers must pass a federal background check and receive training before assignment.
As part of our Brightening Birthdays ™ initiative, we hold monthly birthday parties complete with cake and presents for children and families who have experienced homelessness. Those experiencing unstable housing issues often miss out on the celebrations most American families experience together, especially birthdays, and Brightening Birthdays ™ helps change that. Want to get involved? You can help these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies or making a financial contribution.
Hold a Donation Drive
Families in our shelters need many things (see our Donation Drive Wish List for a full list). Donations that you collect will help impoverished individuals and families in local neighborhoods. We'll help get you started by providing informational materials and we'll even pick up the donations when your drive is over.
Brightening Birthdays at The Guest House Family Shelter. Because no child should ever have to miss a birthday.
Provide Homework Assistance
Volunteers of America’s Children’s Center provides child care and educational programs for children from low-income households. The center provides after-school care for 60 children who attend elementary school. Volunteers are needed to help children with basic math, reading, and writing homework. Schedule would be 2:15 - 5:30 PM on weekdays. Must be 18 or older.
Life Skills Group Leader
As a life skills group leader you can teach individuals how to search for and obtain employment, interview techniques, resume writing, how to dress appropriately for work, budgeting, healthy meal preparation, and more. The maximum anticipated group size is 10. You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.
Assist Children’s Center staff with daily classroom activities for Pre-K children such as reading, games, small group and large group activities, mealtime assistance and carrying out lesson plans. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Are you able to share your time and talent teaching our staff and children how to communicate in sign language? We welcome volunteers to teach by signing songs or books in our classrooms. Additional assistance with teaching staff through workshops or other means would be welcome as well.
We are looking for creative, motivated individuals to design and lead a club comprised of up to 15 students, ranging in age from 5-12 years. Clubs meet once a week for up to an hour in four- to six-week blocks. Club ideas may include gymnastics, dance, drama, pottery, games, sports, journalism, language (sign, foreign, etc.)…the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!