Volunteers of America of Los Angeles

aka VOALA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.voala.org

Mission

One hundred seven years ago, Volunteers of America was founded to provide services to those in need. Chartered in New York City, the newly developed charity also initiated service that first year in southern California. In the Los Angeles area, the original services offered to the needy in this bustling community of 100,000 included a home for orphaned children and support for newly arrived immigrant families. As the region experienced explosive growth, Volunteers of America continued to expand its services to keep up with the additional challenges brought with the influx of new residents. The family has always been the focus of our mission and our services have expanded to assist all ages in the family unit. Today we are continuing a battle that sometimes seems overwhelming. Our commitment to bring lasting solutions, not just temporary comfort, has led us to look to new ways to support individual growth and self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1965

Principal Officer

Bob Pratt

Main address

3600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1500

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

95-1691330

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs and results

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Healthy School Meals Advocacy Project

Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of Los Angeles' oldest and largest charities, with an annual budget of almost $30 million for 30 different programs. The organization's 700 employees and 1200 volunteers foster dignity, hope and self-sufficiency in behalf of Southern California's neediest people. Services include Early Head Start, Head Start and childcare for poverty's children, education and drug and delinquency prevention for inner city youth, alcohol and drug dependency prevention and treatment, low income housing.

Population(s) Served

Our Mission The mission of LEAD or the Leadership, Excellence, Advancement and Determination initiative is to address the multifaceted needs of the youth living in Boyle Heights community; by fostering a positive approach to working with the communities’ youth and by building on the strength of family, and cultural traditions of the Boyle Height and East Los Angeles community. Our Vision LEAD hopes to assist the Boyle Heights youth in developing positive attitudes and behaviors in the areas of education, self, family, culture and community that will help them to become positive, contributing and inspiring members of the community. Through training, mentoring and direct services, LEAD plans to engage the communities’ youth at a spiritual, cultural and educational level; in order to develop strong leaders that will take an active role in addressing areas of concern for the community at a local and state level. LEAD is inclusive of all ethnicities and strives to empower our youth with the help of family, culture and community. Benefit for participants * Leadership principles & development * Personal and professional development * Forum for sharing ideas and creating a support network * Build community and cultural pride * Mentorship opportunities * Community resources * Cultural awareness and enrichment LEAD Programming LEAD builds on the youth’s capacity for establishing and maintaining a positive self esteem, becoming active leaders of their community and achieving personal fulfillment. LEAD is a unique opportunity for the Boyle Heights youth to recognize and develop their potential as leaders. It does do in four ways: Youth leadership discussion groups, where the youth engage in peer mentorship, discuss generated community projects and serve as a support network for each other. Through highly engaging workshops and retreats, where the youth are provided with an opportunity to reclaim and reconnect with their heritage of leadershicustoms and values that underscore the daily lives and decisions of the youth they are working with. * Provide supportive services within the context of family and community * Bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff and community partnershidelivered in a series of interactive and engaging workshops. An ever evolving and flexible curriculum that reflects the needs and concerns of the community in which it is being implemented. With a core and fundamental understanding that in order for change to take hold of a community it has to come from within. Participate in the Building a Healthy Boyle Heights collaborative Hub Assembly, Steering Committee, Youth Engagement Committee and Workgroup C (Youth, Schools and Neighborhoods) meetings. Outline a schedule of activities and plan to enhance the existing LEAD program (operated at the Boyle Heights Technology Center) to include trainings on organizing, advocacy, structural racism and health equity.  Identify and recruit at least 20 youth from Boyle Heights to participate in the Leadership, Excellence, Advancement and Determination program. . Staff and LEAD participants will participate in TCE’s Health Exchange Academy trainings – Primary Prevention and Advocating for Change - and training on structural racism. Staff and youth will view the “Unnatural Causes” video and learning materials and hold discussion roundtables with youth to discuss the film.  Staff and LEAD participants will participate in a learning session on how media portrayals shape how communities are perceived and how advocacy goals are framed. A speaker will include an individual participating in the USC Health Journalism Fellowship Program. Staff will explore curricula from The Center for Media Literacy. LEAD Participants will participate in workshops conducted by local community-based organizations and community organizing groups about local projects. Youth will review and discuss the Boyle Heights logic model and narrative plan. Youth will select at least one issue from the Boyle Heights logic model and connect to community organizations working on the issue. Staff will connect and strengthen partnerships with at least three organizations participating in the Building a Healthy Boyle Heights collaborative. Youth and staff will develop a plan for how to connect the youth to local advocacy efforts.

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Volunteers of America of Los Angeles

Board of directors
as of 6/3/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Caldwell

No Affiliation

D. Nibarger

Donald Whinfrey

Bill Bellows

Richard Goetz Nominating Committee Chair

Gordon Krischer Human Resources Chair

Tom Merrill

Nancy Brown

Renee Fraser Chair Emerita

Bob Hahn

William Jennings Treasurer

Gilbert McCoy

Philip Saeta

Bob Pratt President/CEO

Edwin Kwoh

Doug Kays

Charles Robertson

Robert Burke Property Committee Chair

George Braunegg

Kim Caldwell Chairman

Van Kelsey

Byron Barnes

Susan Bond

Regulatory Specialists, INC.

Nancy Brown

No Affiliation

Sam Bufford

United States Bankrupcy Court

Jim Faecher

American Express TRS Company INC.

James (Jim) Hasen

Emeritus Prof. of Medicine, UCLA

Nancy Huntington

Manufacturers Bank

Hassan Kheradmandan

Dove Properties LLC

Scott Plunkett

Professor, Department of Psychology California State University Northridge

Donald Smith

No Affiliation

Ayako Utsumi

No Affiliation