Volunteers of America Northern CA & Northern NV

Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada's mission is to instill hope; increase self-worth and facilitate independence through quality housing, employment and related supportive services.

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Address: 3434 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Leo McFarland
Contact Email: esands@voa-ncnn.org
Primary Phone: 916-265-3642
Website: http://www.voa-ncnn.org
Founded locally in 1911, Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada is the local affiliate of Volunteers of America. VOA-NCNN is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, operating 52 programs including housing, employment services, substance abuse and recovery services to families, individuals, veterans, seniors, and youth.

The name Volunteers of America was selected when the organization was founded. It signified that the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. In those days, a "volunteer" was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause.

Today, our services are delivered through a partnership of professional staff, volunteers, and other community supporters. Regionally, from Santa Cruz, California to Sparks, Nevada we served nearly 20,000 people, 586,920 meals, and 694,595 shelter nights last year. Nationally, Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people annually in more than 400 communities.

In fact, VOA-NCNN provides shelter or housing to just over 1,900 men, women, and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area alone.

Throughout the organization's local history, VOA-NCNN has operated programs addressing a variety of community needs while programs have changed over time, VOA-NCNN maintains a strong emphasis on ending homelessness and transforming the community through sustainable housing and employment services.

Volunteers of America's vision of rebuilding lives so all people can reach their full potential not only helps those we serve but the well-being of the entire community. Specifically, homelessness has increased in Sacramento by 6% since 2013 and is expected to continue to rise. But we can not end homelessness with your help! Our programs rely on donors like you to fill the gap that allows our shelters, housing, employment, and education programs to operate.

- EMPLOYMENT: In the past 20 months in our Sacramento area programs alone, over 674 people have gotten a job that will help them secure their own housing and leave homelessness behind for good. Volunteers of America has the most successful employment program in the state but there are still nearly 3,200 more individuals waiting for their chance to join our employment readiness program. Help us continue our services and close our $500,000 gap so everyone can have the pride and dignity that sustainable employment can offer.

- SENIOR SERVICES: Abused and neglected seniors are extremely vulnerable. Volunteers of America provides emergency shelter, and most importantly, a safe environment to seniors who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. This Senior Safe House provides these services at no cost to those individuals for up to 30 days in a healing home-like environment and works toward finding them safe and permanent housing. Each year nearly $75,000 is needed to be raised to close the funding gap and keep this one of a kind program operating.

- SHELTER: No one should sleep on the street, and for over 100 years VOA-NCNN has been working to end homelessness. Once we engage homeless individuals, including former foster youth, veterans, and families with children, we provide the services to return them to self-sufficiency and housing. Year-round shelters, as well as additional winter warming centers, provide a combination of 24-hour services or over-night services for over 2,400 individuals EVERY night in the Sacramento Region alone. Last year VOA-NCNN provided a warm shelter and meal over 754,826 times. Help us keep serving! $238 provides a homeless family with safe shelter for one week and the supportive services aimed at helping them transition out of homelessness forever.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Shelter and Housing.
  2. Funding: Program - Employment Readiness and Work Force Development.
  3. Funding: Program - Senior Services.
  4. Funding: Program - Former Foster Youth Services.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - General Programs from Santa Cruz, CA to Sparks, NV
Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada is strengthening communities by providing the blueprint and tools for individuals to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. We are leading people from crisis to stability and envision all people living safely, housed and employed with social, emotional, and physical well-being, reaching spiritual fulfillment, justice, and hope.