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Youth & Families

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Programs committed to encouraging positive development of youth and their families.


Our programs for youth and families include prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and long-term services for those experiencing a housing crisis. These programs provide supportive living and learning environments for development and education. 

How You Can Help

  • Donate to Operation Backpack®

    You can build a brighter future for children

    A new backpack filled with school supplies empowers every child to succeed. By giving, you can help a child in need in your community reach their full potential.

  • Welcome Home Kits

    Help families feel ready to succeed

    Help families make their new house feel like a home by donating new housewares. Donate essential household items for when they first move into their apartment. 

  • Volunteer to Help

    Learn about opportunities in your area

    Whether you're looking to volunteer as an individual or as a group, we welcome your help and compassion. There's a number of ways you can donate your time to help children and families. 

Early help for lifelong success

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Programs committed to encouraging positive development and growth.

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana youth and family programs provide support to families and children in need. Through donations, residential programs, and other family programs, we can provide hope to our youth and families in Ohio and Indiana, as well as education that will support their growth and development. Youth and family services you support through a donation:

  • Prevention
  • Early intervention
  • Crisis intervention
  • Long-term housing services

So, how can you help provide hope to your community?

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Any amount will help youth and families in Ohio and Indiana. Donate once or set up recurring donations online.


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Donate Your Car

Storing a car that you no longer need? We’ll sell it through auto auctions to generate funds for each program.


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Donate Your Stuff

Do you have unwanted clothes or items in your house? Donate your stuff to our non-profit thrift stores to help families in need.


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Some of our Youth and Family Services in Ohio and Indiana


Learning life skills

Through the Grounded For Life the mentorship program, homeless individuals can develop various life skills essential for a high quality of living. The available mentorship covers a wide range of topics, from finances to coping with loss.

The meetings take place on Tuesday evenings, and volunteers can help with preparing hot meals and serving them to participants. The week-long Vacation Bible School program teaches youth about God through fun, creative activities led by ministers. Children will do arts and crafts and even act out skits during the program. It takes place during the first week of August. ― You can help by donating school supplies and children’s bibles or by volunteering.

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Tools for success

The Well-Rested Child program provides beds for children in need; from ages three to 18. This service enables children to receive the sleep their growing bodies need. Donations of linens, mattresses, and box springs are appreciated and let us reach more families. We also offer Welcome Home Kits that contain toiletries, cleaning products, and basic home goods. This program helps formerly homeless families that join our program feel more at home in their new living situations. ― Look at our Wish List for items that we are accepting as donations.

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Provide hope: donate to our youth and family programs

These youth and family programs are vital to keeping children on a positive, productive path in life. Get involved today by donating or volunteering for one of the many services we offer.

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