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Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by Christian social reformers Maud and Ballington Booth. They envisioned a spiritual movement in the United States in which devotion to God and country could be expressed through service to others.

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for community involvement.

Now in our second century of service, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human service organizations, touching the lives of nearly 1.8 million people each year in communities across the United States.

Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) began serving the community in 1980 through the operation of three group homes for people with developmental disabilities. 

A charter member of Volunteers of America, VOASE is the second largest affiliate in the country providing programs in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Today, in addition to developmental disabilities, VOASE has programs that serve veterans, low income elderly, substance abuse, mental illness, children in need, and the homeless. Serving over 2,000 people daily with direct programs, VOASE also serves over 8,000 people annually with Community Outreach. VOASE strives to enable persons served to become as independent as possible without jeopardizing the welfare or safety of the individual.

Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc. and its subsidiary corporations provide services in several broad program areas. Our mission is realized through the work of over 1,000 staff and countless volunteers.


Volunteers of America is a movement organized to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and active service of God.

Volunteers of America, illustrating the presence of God through all that we do, serves people and communities in need and creates opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others.

Volunteers of America measures its success in positive change in the lives of individuals and communities we serve.