Who is Maud? -- A woman of legacy
Maud Ballington Booth (née Charlesworth) was the co-Founder of Volunteers of America and a:
from the agency’s founding in 1896 to her death in 1948. She was revered by many as one of the best lecturers of her time and was among the most sought-after speakers of the Chautauqua education and social movement. She once sold out 50 nights of her speeches at once
While on public speaking tours crisscrossing the nation, she would collect her payments for the events and use the money to further sustain her work in the prisons and her prison reform programs, specifically the two Hope Houses she started for parolees and former prisons.
As we celebrate the 125th year of Volunteers of America in 2021, it is Maud we believe represents the ultimate sustainer of the work