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After 100 Years, Sidewalk Santa Is No More

Posted 11.25.2013 | New York

"Volunteers of America" has announced it's ending the organization's Sidewalk Santa program after more than 100 years. The program raised money for th...

Operation Backpack 2013: Getting Homeless Kids to School With a Smile on Their Faces

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.16.2013 | New York
Michael Giltz

Every year, Volunteers of America organizes Operation Backpack, a citywide effort to buy as many new backpacks as possible, fill them with school supplies geared towards the needs of each grade and put them in the hands of New York City's homeless kids.

Welcomed Into Their 'Homes'

Amanda Andere | Posted 05.06.2013 | DC
Amanda Andere

Our quest was to find men and women who are chronically homeless around Fairfax County. But what seemed like "deep into the woods" was really only a stone's throw from gated communities and high-end shopping centers that make up the county, one of the nation's wealthiest.

Nonprofits Give Homeless Kids Happy Birthdays

USA Today | Haley Goldberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact

The chorus of Happy Birthday ended, and the 7-year-old child stared, appearing perplexed, at the lit candle in the cupcake before him. "He didn't e...

Tanya's Tears -- From the Milk of Human Kindness

William Laney | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
William Laney

You never know how much good can come from a simple act of kindness. What you think is a small gift or gesture to one person, may mushroom into help for another -- and another.

Creative Fundraising Is Needed For Fighting Homelessness

William Laney | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
William Laney

Our national debt, and budget problems at all levels of government make it necessary for nonprofits to look more and more to the private sector for the monies they need to continue the good work that they do. To help the homeless, advocates must be creative.

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' Celebs To Host Veterans Day Fundraising Special

Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES — "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will salute military families in a Veterans Day fundraising special featuring st...

Operation Backpack Sends Hope To NYC Homeless Kids

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.29.2011 | New York
Michael Giltz

The annual Operation Backpack NYC campaign led by Volunteers of America and its spokesperson Paige Davis is in full swing now through July 24 in New Y...

Homeless Women Find Confidence, Community In Soccer Team

The Sacramento Bee | Carlos Alcala | Posted 07.19.2011 | Impact

Lisa Wrightsman used soccer to turn her life around. Now she's using it to help others do the same. Wrightsman, a standout at Sacramento State and ...

Feed the Hungry: Charity Made Easy

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Since 1902, Volunteers of America has used a familiar figure -- Sidewalk Santas -- to collect money for vital social services. For busy New Yorkers, the program is a simple way to contribute to charity.