The Volunteers of America Chesapeake Blog

An Employee’s Take on Client Respect

In her own words, Valencia Donaldson, the substance abuse director for Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s Residential Program Center–shares how VOAC’s services are rooted in respect for every client.


Why I do it; A Former High School Volunteer Explains

Liz Desio explains how her work as a volunteer for Volunteers of America Chesapeake has changed her life. She’s team captain for Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s Action Team, which grooms high school students in volunteerism.

My experience as the Volunteers of America Action Team Captain was the first step in a lifelong care and commitment to nonprofit work.



5 Weeks of Giving Starts Now!

7,789 homeless people in Maryland

14% of all Maryland homeless are veterans

1 in 4 children live under the poverty line in D.C.


These federal statistics are heartbreaking. What’s worse? They were calculated during a cold January day in 2016.

On this blog, we’ve talked about the correlations between mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and other factors that create vulnerable communities.

Now it’s time to act.

As you snuggle with your loved ones this holiday season, you have the power to make a huge difference in the lives of needy people.

Today, Volunteers of America Chesapeake launches our 5 Weeks of Giving campaign.


5 Ways to Leave a Legacy of Giving

We know it’s hard to believe, but it’s already the holiday season!

As we approach #GivingTuesday and the end-of-year bids for your tax-deductible donations, let’s talk about your options to give, not only to make an immediate impact, but to support the future of the organizations you’re passionate about.



Bank of America, Investing in the Homeless

On November 13, 2016, Bank of America presented Volunteers of America Chesapeake a check for $20,000 to enhance our new Diversion Homeless Services Program in Arlington, VA.



Client Spotlight: Navy Vet Damian Rodriguez

It was after Damian Rodriguez—a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy–returned home from the military that he got caught up with the wrong crowd. He landed in jail for 30 days.

“Unfortunately, after jail, I was released onto the streets [with] nowhere to go and no one to call,” Damian, 50, recounts in the video below. (more…)

The Reality of Veterans and Homelessness




Let’s work together to make a change: