HELP THOSE IN NEED DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
Since 1896, Volunteers of America has been ensuring hungry men, women and children are not forgotten during the holidays. Originally, Volunteers of America co-founder Maud Booth would load up wagons with baskets brimming with all the traditional holiday food - turkey, potatoes, stuffing, relish, peas, pie, and milk for the children. She and her wealthy friends and hundreds of volunteers would deliver thousands of baskets to the poor.
Over time the baskets of food were replaced with food vouchers that can be used to purchase food in supermarkets with which Volunteers of America has established agreements. These vouchers allow the recipient to purchase and prepare a meal that is special to them, rather than having to rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen for their holiday meal.
The number of food vouchers we distribute is solely based on the amount of private money we raise. Each food voucher is worth $25 and can only be used to purchase food. We often give families several food vouchers.
In the spirit of giving we invite you to share some of your bounty with those less fortunate by contributing to our Hope & Hearth holiday food voucher program or Toys for the Holidays and Burt and Barbara's Gifts of the Heart to ensure the children and vulnerable adults in our care receive a gift for the holidays.
Another great way to learn about and support Volunteers of America's programs, is to come to our 21st annual gala, A New York Winter's Eve on December 12. To learn more, please visit A New York Winter's Eve 2016.
As always, thank you for caring about our neighbors in need and for supporting the work of Volunteers of America.
If interested in sponsoring or helping to underwrite any of our programs, please contact Rachel Weinstein, VP/Chief Development & Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 496-4305.