Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Our Mission

Volunteers of America of Illinois partners with the people we serve to create transformational and lasting change in their lives.

Volunteers of America is a national nonprofit organization providing local human service programs and the opportunity for individual and community involvement. The words "there are no limits to caring" represent an enduring philosophy of service that spans three centuries. The founders' pledge "to go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand" still guides the organization's growth and development efforts today, more than 115 years since the organization's birth.

We are a mission-driven AND value-centered organization dedicated to living the following values in all we do:

INTEGRITY: We are committed to operating with uncompromising integrity and within the highest ethical standards and to be responsible stewards of all the resources entrusted to us with the utmost regard for efficiency and effectiveness.

DISCIPLINE: We are committed to fulfilling our promises and doing what we say we will do when it needs to be done. We will focus on the things that matter most and on those efforts that make the biggest difference in the lives of the people we serve.

FAITH: We operate from a profound belief in the power of God's grace to transform even the most difficult situations and we believe in the potential for “greatness" in those we serve, those we serve with and in the world around us. We believe in the fundamental goodness of people and in their unlimited capacity to transform their lives.

INNOVATION: We approach the responsibility to serve others with the same fervor and passion that inspired the organization's founders more than a century ago … a passion that inspired them to do more than simply improve the world around them but to actually strive to transform it.

TEAMWORK: We understand that we achieve our mission through teamwork and a commitment to common goals and objectives. We encourage the development of supportive and collaborative efforts within and across departments that create unit and strengthen results. We seek and celebrate a diverse staff that bring complementary skills and perspectives to the organization. As a ministry of service, we promote a professional, courteous, cooperative and diverse work environment that fosters mutual respect and consideration of co-workers, colleagues, volunteers and clients.

Our staff is committed to common goals.