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Videos

  • July 10, 2018

    Donate to Operation Backpack at Food Truck Friday

    Thousands of children in the Reno area are homeless and return to school without the supplies they need.This impacts their education and their spirit. But YOU can make a difference. Join Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack collection drive on Friday, July 13th during the Food Truck Friday event at Idlewild Park.Donate cash, a backpack, or school supplies and make a difference in the life of a homeless child.Idlewild Park is just west of downtown Reno, between Idlewild Drive and the Truckee River. Operation Backpack will help kids in kindergarten through twelfth grade across Washoe County feel good to start their first day of school with a backpack full of supplies. This year’s goal is to collect 3,000 backpacks for Washoe County alone, and nearly 10,000 more for entire Northern California and Northern Nevada region. Look for the Volunteers of America Operation Backpack tent and the Quick Space truck to drop-off backpacks and school supplies during the Food Truck Friday Reno Street Food event! In addition to the collection drive at Food Truck Friday, nearly 20 other locations across the Reno area are serving as “drop-off locations” now through July 23rd including Bizarre Guitar, Caliber Hair and Make-up, Dickson Realty, Geodis, Keller Williams, Legal Match, North American Title, Remax Professionals and Great Basin Credit Union. Campaign partners include Reno Media Group, Reno Street Food, and Quick Space Storage. For more information, to make an online cash donation, or find all drop-off locations , visit OperationBackpackNCNN.org.

  • May 18, 2018

    Our Vision 2018 Leo McFarland shares at the Shelter from the Storm event

    Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada 17th annual breakfast hosts stories of inspiration, success, and vision. Leo McFarland, CEO and President, shares his thoughts and reflections of the organization.

  • May 18, 2018

    Meet Lauren - Shelter from the Storm 2018 Testimonial

    Lauren has been with the Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada Transitional Housing for Former Foster Youth Program for almost two years now. She hopes to pursue a degree at Humbolt University after graduation. "Here at VOA, I feel like I'm not alone. I've learned to not lose hope in the world, because there are people and places like VOA that will help you rebuild your life. As for my future, I am full of hope." -Lauren

Press Releases

  • July 10, 2018

    Backpack Collection Drive July 13th at Reno's Food Truck Friday

    Thousands of children in the Reno area are homeless and return to school without the supplies they need. This impacts their education and their spirit. But YOU can make a difference. Join Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack collection drive on Friday, July 13th during the Food Truck Friday event at Idlewild Park. Donate cash, a backpack, or school supplies and make a difference in the life of a homeless child. Idlewild Park is just west of downtown Reno, between Idlewild Drive and the Truckee River.

  • July 4, 2018

    STATEMENT REGARDING VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA SHELTER FOR PUBLIC INEBRIATES

    Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada (VOA) operates a shelter at 700 North 5th Street for chronic homeless alcoholics with a goal to end the cycle of alcohol abuse and homelessness. The shelter provides up to 72 beds for chronically inebriated single men and up to 12 beds for chronically inebriated single women. VOA only intakes public inebriates from local law enforcement and navigators. The individual brought in on June 6, 2018, was in the custody of Parole Agents from the State of California, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and remained in the Parole Agents’ custody until transferred to Sacramento Police Officers. The individual’s behavior presented with needs outside of VOA’s scope of services, therefore, he was not received into the shelter.

  • June 15, 2018

    VOA PROUD TO HAVE PLANTED SEEDS OF HOPE IN AUBURN WITH THREE YEARS OF SERVICE AT HOMELESS SHELTER

    Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada (VOA) has been honored to work with Placer County staff, the Placer County Board of Supervisors, and the Right Hand Auburn organization in launching Auburn’s first homeless shelter. VOA helped homeless men and women, and their pets, in the Auburn area overcome their barriers to housing and employment, and gain access to resources and training to live positive, healthy independent lives. As a result, over 225 individuals exited the shelter to move into a favorable housing situation. As of July 1, 2018, the Auburn Temporary Homeless Shelter will be operated by a new provider.

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