Helping America's most vulnerable.
  • THANK YOU for giving at-risk children the tools they need to succeed!

    Over 10,000 backpacks were collected during Operation Backpack 2016!


OPERATION BACKPACK from the Bay Area to the Sacramento Region to Reno! It's never too early to learn how to hold an Internal Collection Drive, Crowdrise Campaign, Start Shopping or Volunteer!


Our Goals

Since 1896, we have been dedicated to ending homelessness, serving the most vulnerable, and transforming our communities into safer, healthier places.

News & Features

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    MONTHLY PROGRAM Brightening Birthdays

    Help bring excitement and fun of birthdays and family celebrations to children at our shelter programs through the Brightening Birthdays™ initiative in the Greater Sacramento Area and Reno.

    Brighten a Birthday Today
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    HELPING OUR YOUTH Foster a Dream

    Providing children living in foster care in nine Bay Area counties meaningful experiences that expand their perspective on life and inspire them to believe they can achieve.

    Support the dream
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    HONORING those that served

    Empowering Veterans through employment services, housing, training and counseling at our state-of-the-art Veterans Service Center in Rancho Cordova.

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  • 1,900

    Individuals and families sleep under a Volunteers of America roof each night in Northern California and Nevada