CARF Accreditation

Volunteers of America Receives Fourth Consecutive Award for Programs in Greater New Orleans Area
Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans has been granted four consecutive three-year accreditations by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international nonprofit accreditor for health and human services. 

The most recent accreditation consisted of The CARF team of surveyors which reviewed over 909 standards to evaluate the organization’s conformance in nine separate programs. The surveyors reviewed agency documentation, consumer records, interviewed stakeholders; such as persons served, families, staff, funders, partnering agencies and board members. CARF accreditation is a “seal of approval” that means organizations such as Volunteers of America are not doing just an effective job for constituents, but a superior job.

This accreditation is the highest classification that an organization can receive. Volunteers of America is one of the first multi-service affiliates in the country to receive accreditation for all programs that fall within CARF’s guidelines. 

What does accreditation mean? 
CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote quality services for people with disabilities and others in need of rehabilitation. Receiving accreditation means that Volunteers of America’s programs have met the highest standards of national excellence. It is an assurance that Volunteers of America’s programs and services have met consumer-focused, state-of-the-art national standards of performance with active involvement and input from the consumers.

Why did we want to be accredited? 
In January, 1998, the Board of Directors and staff made a commitment to pursue this accreditation as part of our mission to reach and uplift all persons, and measure our success in positive change in the lives of those we serve. A grant from the Volunteers of America Endowment Fund helped us with the process. The decision to seek accreditation also sprang from our desire to provide the best services that we possibly can to our consumers. CARF accreditation is a “seal of approval” that tells others they can rely on us to do not only an effective job, but a superior job.


Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans is a non-profit human service organization that helps people in need throughout 16 parishes in southeast Louisiana. You can help by donating your vehicle, stocks and mutual funds, life insurance, or making a bequest in your will or planned gift. Volunteering your time is also an invaluable way to contribute. Sign up today to learn more about our programs and services.