When Volunteers of America was founded in 1896, volunteerism derived from a military context and to “volunteer” one’s time in service to others was a full-time commitment. Our founders, Maud and Ballington Booth, and other early members of our organization came to call themselves Volunteers of America because they volunteered their whole lives to help people in need. This included - not only volunteering their time - but also their hearts, their spirits and their professional prosperity.
Today, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through programs that are staffed by full-time, paid professionals who have adopted this same ideal of service as their full-time mission. However, that does not mean that we do not also depend on an army of modern-day “volunteers” who offer their free time to support our programs nationwide. In fact, in 2010 nearly 65,000 volunteers devoted more than 1.3 million hours to hundreds of Volunteers of America programs and activities nationwide. Last year, 1,884 volunteers helped Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge expand our ability to serve South Louisiana.
Please see below for a list of our current volunteer opportunities. For some opportunities, an orientation, training, and a background check/references may be required.
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge does not provide court-ordered community service opportunities.