Ballington & Maud Booth

Ballington and Maud Booth founded Volunteers of America in 1896 with the mission to reach and uplift all people. The Booths envisioned a movement that would care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Their vision lives on in a national organization that provides services to help children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the homeless and others in need. Maud Booth was the greatest single influence in securing political support for prison reform. She was also a founding member of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Social issues Ballington and Maud Booth addressed:

  • Hunger and homelessness
  • Services for the elderly and children
  • People with disabilities

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Hunger - One in six people across the nation face hunger including 17 million children. Source - "U.S. Department of Agriculture Study on Food Insecurity 2008"
  • Homelessness - The percentage of U.S. rural or suburban homelessness rose from 23 percent to 32 percent in 2009. Source - "U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2009"
  • People with Disabilities – The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications. More can be done to educate the public on the needs and rights of the disabled. Source