VOA Impact April 2015

Celebrating VOA’s Founders

Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned 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.”  This is still our goal to this very day. We help vulnerable individuals in Utah to overcome homelessness, addiction and mental illness. 

Our aim is to bring others the joy of service. Our successes would not be possible without our volunteers, employees, and donors. Thank you for helping us achieve our aim and mission in Utah.

Continue to be a difference maker by joining VOA in our mission. Be apart of a movement that helps to house a homeless vet, reunites a mother with her children, or guides a homeless youth towards a better life.  We just completed our Founder’s Day Breakfast with over 400 people in attendance.  Thanks to the generosity of so many we are well on our way to meet this year’s goal.  VOA invites you to think of those whose struggles are very real. We cannot end the cycles of poverty alone but with your help we can benefit the lives of many towards a better tomorrow. Any donation of your time, money, or planned event will genuinely change lives. Donate today to make a difference.


Client Story:  Ken Is Home

It all started when Amanda, from our Library Engagement Team, noticed this gentlemen sitting on a bench day after day, reading a book. She noticed some numbers on his hat and did some research. She found that the numbers represented a ship in the Navy. Click here to see more of Ken’s story as told on ABC 4 News.


Volunteer Spotlight Hailey Cerise Make a Difference at VOA

Hailey Cerise has been volunteering with multiple programs in Volunteers of America for almost a year now. Currently, she is running a women's group at the Adult Detox Center and says,"I enjoyed the wonderful people I have met and the relationships I have formed." Hailey empowers these women by asking what they want to do for groups, not what she wants them to do. Her desire to give back to the community has had such a positive affect on our programs and clients.