Describing Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans in just a few words can be challenging. Our organization served more than 65,000 people last year in 16 parishes, through different programs for children, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We are active and diverse.
What I like to say is this: Volunteers of America helps people in need who have nowhere else to turn.
There are far too many people in that situation in our area- children in foster car, veterans who are homeless, kids with a parent in prison, neglected seniors, working families who can't find affordable housing. The list goes on. Volunteers of America has effective ways to help each of these individuals.
I feel privileged to chair Volunteers of America's Board not only because we reach out to help so many, but also because of how we help. Our organization is fiscally sound, superbly managed, and highly rated by independent evaluators. We address root causes of human issues, focus on what works, and always extend a hand up rather than a hand out.
We also look ahead with inspired vision. To give you an ahead of where we are headed, our Strategic Plan for 2009-2012 outlines specific goals in each of these areas:
I hope you'll closely at our website, where you'll find innovation and action. Over the past few years that I've served on the board, I've come to know many of our staff members and the people we serve. We have an exciting, benficial organization that is a great place to invest your talents and your resources.
- Aging with options
- Veterans services
- Family economic development
- Program service expansion
- Technology integration.