Our History

Volunteers of America North Louisiana began in Shreveport in 1935 with the opening of a shelter off Texas Avenue for women and children. The mission of Volunteers of America was, and remains, to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and service of God.

The Beginning

Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.When Maud and Ballington Booth thought of names for their movement 123 years ago, one word remained prominent: “volunteer.” In those days, a volunteer was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause. Since its earliest days, when Volunteers of America brought food, medicine and comfort to people not served by other charities, volunteering has been instrumental in every aspect of the organization’s ministry of service.For more information on our history and national organization please click the button below.

North Louisiana

Volunteers of America North Louisiana remains committed to promoting self-sufficiency in providing services that meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals, thereby strengthening our community. The agency has grown over the years to one providing approximately 40 different programs and services to over 8,000 people in need. Today, Volunteers of America North Louisiana serves children and families, the disabled, veterans and the elderly. 

Although we are founded in Christianity, our unique ministry brings people of all faiths together in service.