Our Name

The name Volunteers of America was chosen in 1896 to describe an organization comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. When co-founders Maud and Ballington Booth tried out names for their new organization over 120 years ago, one word made the short list and remained prominent: “volunteer." Today, more than 1,100 paid staff comprise our workforce but we still rely on the generous support of thousands of volunteers each year.