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How Volunteers of America Works


Volunteers of America helps the homeless through mobile outreach and street outreach programs.
Volunteers of America helps the homeless through mobile outreach and street outreach programs.
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Everyone could use some support now and then, and some people need more help than others do. You never know when a crisis is going to hit or you're going to need help caring for yourself or a loved one. Organizations like Volunteers of America are dedicated to pitching in when people fall through the cracks. With its long history and Christian-based goals, Volunteers of America is a trusted, respected and hardworking nonprofit that's ready and willing to help people rebuild their lives and unlock their full potential.

Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in 44 states. The organization works primarily with the elderly, at-risk youth, former prisoners, addicts, disabled people and the homeless. Its members believe in seeking out the "most vulnerable" groups and helping them find hope and success. And in this time of Internet scams and charity dishonesty, Volunteers of America maintains an excellent track record for fund distribution. Eighty-eight cents of every donated dollar goes straight to the cause [source: Volunteers of America]. So if you can't volunteer for the group, you can rest assured knowing your monetary donation is being used wisely.

It's not always easy to find a volunteer match that's right for you. With its community outreach programs, Volunteers of America gives you the opportunity to see instant, truly needed results. You can find those who are most vulnerable and help make them stronger than ever.

In this article, you'll learn about the history of Volunteers of America. Then you'll learn about the different services it provides and how you can volunteer. Read on to learn how this incredible organization got started.