Mission & History
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to reaching out and uplifting all people, and bringing them to the knowledge and active service of God.
Through thousands of human service programs, including emergency shelter, transitional housing and substance abuse treatment, Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people in more than 400 communities. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most-vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, seniors, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.
Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
Founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth, Volunteers of America was envisioned as a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people.
On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration has guided Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts ever since.
Volunteers of America has had a presence in Northern California and Northern Nevada since 1896. Throughout our local history, Volunteers of America has operated programs addressing a variety of community needs; while programs have changed over time, we maintain a strong emphasis on ending homelessness, supporting the most vulnerable, and transforming our community into a stronger, healthier place.
The name Volunteers of America was selected when the organization was founded more than 117 years ago. It signified that the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others.
Today, our services are delivered through a partnership of professional staff, volunteers, and other community supporters.
For additional questions regarding Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada, see our FAQ page, call us at 916.442.3691, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Volunteers of America's history, visit the national office's home page at www.volunteersofamerica.org.