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We are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

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  • The Momentum of Hope Book Cover

    The Momentum of Hope: Personal Stories of Moral Injury

    This powerful new book is an inspiring collection of first-person essays by people who have experienced the trauma of moral injury and made the difficult journey to recovery. Being able to share a profoundly personal story of moral injury and be heard is essential to the recovery process. Read a sampling of these stories and purchase the book in its entirety on

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  • A stylized "v" from Volunteers of America's 2017 Annual Report

    A Fine Line - Volunteers of America's 2017 Annual Report

    Volunteers of America recognizes the fine lines that often separate us as a people, but together with you, we are erasing those lines. We are growing our diverse family that welcomes and includes all people, meeting them where they are. Watch our annual report video to learn more how, in 2017, we helped more than 1 million people.

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  • Two kids wearing backpacks

    Operation Backpack® Helping Kids in Need Succeed

    Operation Backpack® connects children in need with a new backpack filled with grade-specific school supplies. But it’s not just about paper, pens, or binders-- it’s about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children will not receive otherwise. Your donation to Operation Backpack isn’t a gift-- it’s a game changer.

  • 1,300,000

    almost 1.3 million people helped annually

  • 57,000

    kids and young people given opportunities they could never have imagined

  • 20,000

    veterans whose lives we have helped improve

  • 28,000

    individuals and families impacted by incarceration helped

  • 11,000

    individuals with intellectual disabilities empowered to be independent and involved in their communities

  • 106,000

    older adults cared for, housed and loved

  • 100,000

    homeless individuals assisted

  • 23,000

    people housed in our 19,426 affordable housing units in 484 properties