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As the newly appointed President and CEO of Volunteers of America, I am thrilled and honored to be assuming this humbling role with one of America’s leading human service ministries. Our faith-based organization has been serving the most vulnerable citizens of this great country for more than 100 years. Whether by providing safe, affordable housing for a 79 year-old grandmother, shelter and job training for a homeless veteran or showing an at-risk youth the road out of substance abuse and poverty, we have always answered the call to demonstrate God’s love through compassionate human service.

We are challenged now with dramatically rising needs against a backdrop of declining tax revenues, resulting in wide-spread budget cuts and diminished financial resources. At the same time funding is being cut, Volunteers of America programs are seeing more people than ever turn to us for help.

Of course, we have seen all this before. In the spirit that guided our efforts to lift up the hopes and outcomes of the most vulnerable during the Great Depression, Volunteers of America once again is relying on resourcefulness, innovation, efficiency and faith to serve 2 million people in more than 400 towns and cities across America. Our nationwide team of more than 16,000 staff, countless volunteers and community collaborators believe deeply in the mission of this organization and are committed to bringing the necessary services and creative solutions to today’s problems. We will emerge from this challenging time stronger and more capable of serving those who need us.

As I visit my Volunteers of America colleagues working in the trenches around the country, I am reminded of the intense dedication, finely honed skills and loving spirit manifested by these staff and volunteers. They affirm the healing power of the human spirit and inspire hope in everyone they touch. Volunteers of America is blessed to have them carrying out our mission on a daily basis, and these dedicated souls deserve the best resources and support we can provide.

Please join us as a donor, volunteer or advocate and help Volunteers of America raise its profile as a premier provider and innovative problem solver for our clients throughout the country. You may never meet the person you help, but they will never forget how that support changed their life. Thank you and may God bless this important work.

– By, Mike King President and CEO, Volunteers of America

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