Volunteers of America Brings Back the Excitement and Fun For Homeless Children through Brightening Birthdays™

Sacramento, CA August 1, 2012 - Volunteers of America is bringing the excitement and fun of birthdays and family celebrations to children at Volunteers of America programs across the country through its Brightening Birthdays™ initiative.

Volunteers of America works nationally to prevent and end homelessness for thousands of individuals and families each year through a wide range of support services. Locally, Volunteers of America offers more than 40 programs including homeless services, homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment and recovery services, senior services, youth services, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and low income housing.

Children, youth and families have always been of special interest to Volunteers of America from its inception, and providing ways to stabilize and uplift each family in need is still a priority to the more than a century-old organization.

“Volunteers of America is very excited about this new Brightening Birthdays program,” said Leo McFarland, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada. “Children and families experiencing unstable housing issues so often miss out on the celebrations most American families experience together, especially birthdays. Brightening Birthdays is guaranteed to bring smiles and fun for all involved. We are committed to helping families capture or recapture the happiness of being together in celebration, especially when times are tough.”

Members of the local community can help make these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies, hosting a party, or making a financial contribution. More information can be found online at http://www.voa-sac.org. Please help children and families impacted by homelessness by getting involved today!


About Volunteers of America

Founded locally in 1911, the Northern California & Northern Nevada office of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, operating more than 40 programs in eight categories: homeless services; homeless shelters; substance abuse treatment and recovery services; senior services; youth services; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; and low income housing. In fact, Volunteers of America provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,500 men, women and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area. Nationally, Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by Ballington and Maud Booth with the purpose to help those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human-service programs, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people annually in more than 400 communities.

For additional information on Operation Backpack or Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada, please visit www.voa-sac.org.

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