Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is an anti-poverty organization that aims to end homelessness in the metropolitan New York area by 2050 by providing housing, health and wealth-building services to our neighbors who are experiencing, or are at imminent risk of experiencing, homelessness.
We are the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc., and one of the largest providers of human services in Greater New York. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by individuals who volunteered to make service their life work, today VOA-Greater New York has nearly 1,000 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 66 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.
VOA-Greater New York services extend to:
- Individuals and families who are homeless
- Families recovering from domestic violence
- Older adults
- Preschool children with developmental delays
- At-risk youth
- Individuals living with HIV/AIDS
- Adults with behavioral health issues
- People with a history of substance use
- Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
About Our Name
When Volunteers of America was founded in 1896, a "volunteer" was someone whose vocation was to serve others through a commitment to a mission. Today, we are still staffed by mission-driven professionals working to support individuals and build thriving communities, only now we call them “employees.”