A history rich with kindness
We Are Volunteers of America
We are the charity that always steps forward to help the most vulnerable rebuild their lives and have been doing so for over 119 years. With over 30 programs, we strive to restore hope to children, young adults, Veterans, seniors, people living with mental illness and those living in poverty.
Over the years, Volunteers of America has established itself as The Place to Turn for our country's most vulnerable individuals. 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.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.
We work in close collaboration with community leaders and local businesses and organizations to help address each region’s most critical human service issues. We operate around the belief that individuals want to be self sufficient and personally responsible. Our programs and services focus on meeting basic needs and promoting self sufficiency by giving the families, children, seniors, and disabled adults we serve the tools and resources needed to be healthy and successful. Volunteers of America continues to seek opportunities to build community capacity for human service resources by consistently opening its doors, its resources and its pocketbook to fill unmet needs locally, regionally and nationally.
At Volunteers of America Northern New England we serve the people of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.
Volunteers of America Northern New England is one of 38 Volunteers of America affiliates across the United States. Together with Volunteers of America's thousands of human service programs, we help more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 44 states. Approximately 16,000 paid staff and 70,000 volunteers throughout the country help deliver these life-changing services. In Northern New England, 200 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers carry out our mission of service.
Since 1896, Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Volunteers of America is also proud to be the largest provider of affordable housing in the country.
Willingness. Creativity. Compassion. These underlying values of our founding vision have led Volunteers of America Northern New England to serve more than 8,000 people annually in Maine.
Together, we continue to make a lasting contribution to the quality of life in Northern New England.