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  • October 1, 2018

    Faces of hope

    See the faces you give hope to...

  • 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

  • August 7, 2018

    Sacramento Area Operation Backpack Pick-A-Pack Event

    Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada’s Operation Backpack will be providing a new backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to 300 children during this main pick-a-pack event.

  • July 24, 2018


    Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada’s Operation Backpack will be providing a new backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to homeless and at-risk children during the Reno area Pick-a-Pack event Friday, July 27th. All of the families and children in Volunteers of America Reno area programs are provided a backpack and school supplies. Additionally, VOA is partnering with the Washoe County School District’s Children In Transition (CIT) program and Community Health Alliance (CHA) Nevada to have their qualifying students receive backpacks as well. CIT provides homeless children the opportunity to achieve the same high-quality academic standards by eliminating barriers to their education. Each school in the district has an advocate that works closely with each family and has identified over 3,000 students in need and Operation Backpack hopes to provide every child with the tools they need to succeed in school. At Friday’s Pick-a-Pack event children will have the opportunity to receive necessary school immunizations through CHA Nevada nurses on-site. Families may also enroll in CHA and receive additional information, resources, and referrals. The Reno region has made a huge difference by donating school supplies and backpacks to Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack collection drive this year, with nearly 20 locations across the Reno area serving as “drop-off locations” in addition to the VOA main office at the Community Resource Center on Record Street. Partnering companies included Wells Fargo Advisors, 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 included Reno Media Group, Reno Street Food, and Quick Space Storage

  • July 17, 2018

    Operation Backpack Campaign in Reno Needs Additional Donations

    OPERATION BACKPACK® Campaign NEEDS ADDITIONAL DONATIONS ​ HELP REACH THE GOAL OF 3,000 FILLED BACKPACKS FOR RENO area homeless and at-risk STUDENTS Volunteers of America is still looking for donations to help provide a filled backpack and school supplies to at-risk students in the Washoe County School District. 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 by dropping off supplies – Monday July 23, 2018 is the last day for supply donations at partnering drop-off locations, but you can still make a monetary gift online in any amount through July 30th on the event website

Changing Lives ~ Stories of those served and those that give

  • October 29, 2018

    The Story of Greg - Veterans

    ​Greg Waldron, who served in the Army, didn’t have the easiest transition upon returning home. Married with two children, the family found themselves homeless and living in their truck. Greg sought out help from Volunteers of America Veteran Services, and staff quickly identified his skill set in Signal (communications) experience.

  • October 24, 2017

    The Story of SARAH - Options for Recovery

    Sarah not only found the tools she needed to create a new life for herself, but also found the support of a caring community that she so desperately lacked.

  • October 24, 2017

    The Story of JAMES - Transitional Housing for Foster Youth

    James was in 15 foster homes between the ages of 10 and 18. Now he's found love and stability.