Philanthropic Spotlight: Volunteers of America Southwest

Vulnerability can have many faces – a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. Through their vision of a safe, healthy, and productive community where families are strengthened, people live with dignity, and human potential is realized, Volunteers of America Southwest (VOA) transforms vulnerable lives into vibrant ones. VOA is a national nonprofit, faith-based service organization founded in 1896 as a church by social reformers, Ballington and Maud Booth. The national structure consists of a network of local affiliated independent corporations.

The San Diego chapter of VOA provides a variety of social services that strengthen communities and assist less fortunate individuals and families with assistance and support in Behavioral Health Services, Veterans Services, Children’s Services, and Affordable Housing. For almost 120 years, our local VOA has been creating a pathway to a more vibrant, productive, and purposeful life for many in our community.

Their service area includes the counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, and Orange, as well as the state of Arizona.

More than 6,000 individuals and families annually benefit from VOA program services. They employ approximately 400 full and part-time staff and engage with more than 350 volunteers in local communities throughout their service territory. To learn more about this organization, sign up for their newsletter, or get involved, please visit their website at