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.
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 125 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.
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.
Volunteers of America North Louisiana is a faith-based ministry of service providing opportunity, promoting dignity and inspiring change in all who find their way to us.
MISSION AND VISION
Our Mission: Volunteers of America North Louisiana is a faith-based ministry of service providing opportunity, promoting dignity and inspiring change in all who find their way to us.
Our Vision: Volunteers of America North Louisiana will create a community where all people have opportunities for success by:
- Identifying needs in our region.
- Providing holistic, quality services for each person.
- Engaging volunteers and professionals in service.
- Measuring outcomes for continuous improvement.
The President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Volunteers of America North Louisiana Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall strategic direction, leadership, and day-to-day operations of the organization. The CEO works collaboratively with the Board of Directors to execute a highly strategic vision and facilitate relationships with key stakeholders including but not limited to health care entities, for-profit companies and corporations and the media.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities to help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector. See the full statement.