A history rich with kindness

We are Volunteers of America

We are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service with nearly 1,000 professional employees dedicated to helping people reach their full potential and build a brighter future.

Volunteers of America is a ministry of service dedicated to helping people reach their full potential.

Through human services programs, Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana helps more than 23,000 people from 65 program locations in 16 communities across the region.

Volunteers of America is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human services programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 1.3 million people across the country. Established locally in 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered community groups, including low-income seniors, veterans, homeless individuals and families, men and women returning home after incarceration, and those recovering from addictions.

Agency administrative offices are located in Columbus and Indianapolis with program offices there and in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Mansfield, Sandusky, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Columbus, Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Gary, Marion, Terre Haute, and Winchester, Indiana.

We are an accredited organization, meeting international standards for quality according to the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF). Accreditation demonstrates that our organization values the input of our clients and is accountable to the community.

Our Name

The name Volunteers of America was chosen by our founders, Ballington and Maud Booth, when the organization was founded over 123 years ago. They volunteered to dedicate their hearts, spirits, and lives to helping reach and uplift people in need. Our name meant the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. Back in 1896, a volunteer was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause.


Today, we are a nonprofit organization comprised of nearly 1,000 paid, professional case managers, housing experts, administrators, clinicians, caregivers, psychologists and leaders throughout Ohio and Indiana. Our staff carries on the Booth’s legacy of ministry of service by helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

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