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Volunteers of America:

Volunteers of America is more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Through our hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 and a half million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since 1896, we have supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Approximately 60,000 volunteers throughout the country help our employees deliver these life-changing services. For more information on our services, go to: http://www.voa.org/.

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This Is Why We Do What We Do
This Is Why We Do What We Do
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Past PSA Campaigns for Volunteers of America

This Is Why We Do What We Do
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This Is Why We Do What We Do TV  

In supposedly the richest country in the world, 744,313 people are homeless on any given night, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. That number has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months - the largest increase since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959. Some other important statistics:

The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010. That means that one out of every five U.S. children is living in poverty. Today one out of every six elderly Americans lives below the federal poverty line. Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering 178 percent.

As one of the leading humanitarian organizations in the country, Volunteers of America produced two TV PSAs to publicize the state of poverty in America. The first of these, titled “Stats,“ shows startling statistics about hunger and homelessness with gritty photos of the less fortunate trying to survive, perhaps living in their cars or “dumpster diving” for food in trash bins. The second, titled “Speeches,” has brief excerpts from famous speeches about social justice including clips from Dr. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy and noted social humanitarian Barbara Jordan. The third PSA titled: "America" features bold graphics about the work of Volunteers of America to help those in need, while "America the Beautiful" plays in the background.

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