From Visiting Nurses Service Auxiliary to Volunteer Non-profit Service Association
More than 60 years ago, VNSA began as the Visiting Nurse Service Auxiliary. The first VNSA Used Book Sale, held in 1957 as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Visiting Nurse Service, raised about $900. In the mid-1980's the Visiting Nurse Service was purchased by a large hospital corporation. The members of VNSA wanted to continue to support human services in the Phoenix area. With name and brand recognition already well-known, we kept the "VNSA" initials and became Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association. The VNSA Used Book Sale continues, and all sale proceeds benefit local non-profit service agencies.
The mission of the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association is to provide financial resources to Maricopa County human service agencies through an annual used book sale.
VNSA is proud to make used books available to the general public at very reasonable prices while raising significant amounts of money for charities in Maricopa County. Last year's sale offered in the range of 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, video tapes, jigsaw puzzles, maps, and other book-related items. The 2017 sale attracted more than 15,000 shoppers and enabled VNSA to raise over $340,000, the net proceeds of which are donated to local charities.
VNSA members work all year long, collecting books and media from drop boxes, retail locations, and private donors. Once collected, the items are sorted, priced, boxed, and stored until the annual book sale. Each member commits to a minimum number of hours of service each year. If you are interested in becoming a VNSA member, please let us know!