When our founders Maud and Ballington Booth began Volunteers of America in 1896, they put their faith into action. Their roots in Methodist revivalism and the 19th century social gospel movement heavily influenced their commitment “to go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.”
A Church without Walls
Today at Volunteers of America, we continue to put faith into action through a ministry of service. Our organization is not only one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human service nonprofits, but is also an interdenominational, ecumenical church rooted in universal Christian values.
You won’t necessarily find walls around our church. Instead you find a church built out of people – people of all walks of life united in their dedication to reach beyond themselves and serve humanity with compassion and kindness.
Some Volunteers of America employees feel called to join the ministry as a way to enhance their work and service to others, and members of the community are engaged in the ministry as well. In their roles as ministers, they lead prayer and formal services at various program locations and are available to offer spiritual guidance. Volunteers of America ministers can also administer communion, preside at marriages and celebrate other Christian sacraments.