Volunteers of America has served the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable people, in Louisiana, and throughout the United States since 1896. To recognize this historic milestone of celebrating 125 years, Gov. Edwards proclaims March 8, 2021 as Volunteers of America Day in Louisiana.
Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will be illuminated in Red, White, and Blue on Monday, March 8th starting at sunset in honor of the organization’s 125th anniversary of service to the people of Louisiana and the nation as a whole.
Dating as far back as the aftermath of the American Civil War, Volunteers of America has empowered and advocated for veterans, at-risk youth, and families torn apart by the day-to-day struggle to obtain basic necessities and a life with dignity. The organization has grown to become one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality affordable housing, as well as long-term skilled support care and health services. From seniors and people with disabilities to those experiencing homelessness or recovering from addiction, Volunteers of America’s network of 30 affiliates employ more than 16,000 professionals and empower 1.5 million people needing assistance.
Volunteers of America North Louisiana is one of the 30 affiliates nationwide and one of three affiliates in Louisiana. Founded in Shreveport in 1935, Volunteers of America North Louisiana provides life-changing services to more than 6,300 of the most vulnerable each year, including children struggling in school, people with disabilities, veterans coping with invisible wounds, and fragile seniors.
Nationally, Volunteers of America is recognized as a top leader in senior care. Locally, Volunteers of America North Louisiana operates a 50-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors known as South Pointe Place apartments. To experience a virtual tour of the property, hear from a resident, and learn more about the organization, visit www.voanorthla.org/tours and sign up for the upcoming Hope Begins Here tour on Wednesday, March 17t. at 11 a.m. You can join the 30-minute tour via zoom from a smart phone or desktop computer.