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Volunteers Of America Looking For Help

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Their motto, help those, who need it most. Now that organization, Volunteers of America is looking for some help.

The Volunteers of America has offices across the nation including one in Pikeville that covers all of Eastern Kentucky.

Mike Mayfield is an outreach worker, but he says he doesn't think of his job as work but a passion for helping other veterans who are homeless.

"For me it was real rough transition. I did 20 years in the Navy and got out and had to go find a job," he said.

But a program the organization offers is in trouble. Officials say they have a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project and the funding has recently changed.

Claudia Blaylock is the director of regional services in Kentucky and she says they used to apply for funding along with regions like Eastern Kentucky, but she says less funding now means they apply with cities of all sizes.

"We are going to be competing against places like New York and Chicago and places in Florida that have large numbers of clients," Blaylock said.

Blaylock says the veterans in Eastern Kentucky deserve the same assistance as other parts of the country.

"We're very limited on what we can spend on somebody. We have to come up with innovative ways to help," Mayfield said.

So officials with Volunteers of America are asking you to show your support for homeless veterans and their services by sending in letters.

Officials with the Volunteers of America hope the letters of support will help them receive the funding they need to serve 23 counties in Eastern Kentucky.

For more information on Volunteers of America, log on to http://www.voaky.org/.


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