Faith in God and ministry to others are the heart of our organization.
All that we do to help others in need is guided by our faith and desire to live out that faith through service. Our organization's minsters are committed to extend grace and mercy to others in need.
An Interdenominational Church
In addition to being one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive human services organizations, Volunteers of America national is an interdenominational church — a church with a distinctive ministry of service.
For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America has provided essential services to heal both body and soul. We provide human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement for people of all faiths.
Many local and national staff members of Volunteers of America have felt led to become ministers, to enhance their work and service to others.
An Ecumenical Movement
Many of Volunteers of America's religious beliefs and practices can be traced in a direct line to the Methodist reforms and revivalism of the 18th century and the social gospel movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. More immediately, the church of Volunteers of America is an outgrowth of Salvationism, founded in England in 1878 by William Booth, an evangelical Methodist minister and the father of Ballington Booth, co-founder of Volunteers of America.
Volunteers of America has been ecumenical from the beginning. Its ministers have always come from all Christian faith traditions. In fact, ministers are encouraged to be active in other Christian churches for worship, service to others and continued spiritual growth. This understanding of ministry derives from the foundation of Volunteers of America as both a church itself and as an "auxiliary" to the universal Christian church with a special mission of service.
Volunteers of America offers people a unique opportunity to put their faith into action. Working together with the help of our committed volunteer board members and volunteers, we can achieve our collective mission and make the world a more compassionate place to live.
An Affirmation of Faith for Volunteers of America
We believe in the one supreme God, who is creator and is creating the universe. We believe God is made known to us in the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We believe that God speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures which are inspired by God to lead us into truth and understanding.
We believe that all people will sin, and that God offers us grace and redemption through acceptance of the teachings of Jesus who was truly human, yet the Son of God.
We believe that the Scripture teaches we need to be cleansed in our hearts that we might find God’s grace by repenting toward God, believing in Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to regenerate our spirit within our heart.
We believe that we are called to be the church, the family of God, to serve God by serving others, and to seek justice through our “ministry of service.”
We believe that the soul shall never die, and we shall be raised again everlasting, before God.
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.