About Us


From Visiting Nurses Service Auxiliary to Volunteer Non-profit Service Association

More than 65 years ago, VNSA began as the Visiting Nurse Service Auxiliary.

The first VNSA Used Book Sale was held in 1957 as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Visiting Nurse Service Auxillary and raised about $900.

In the mid-80’s, the Visiting Nurse Service Auxillary 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 the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association.

The annual VNSA Used Book Sale has become an Arizona tradition that many shoppers tell us they started attending as children. All sale proceeds benefit local non-profit human service charities in Maricopa County.


Our mission 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 money for charities in Maricopa County. The 2024 sale included more than 500,000 books, DVDs, and CDs, 2000 jigsaw puzzles, numerous games, maps, and other book-related items. More than 13,000 shoppers enjoyed the event and helped us raise more than $500,000, the net proceeds of which are donated to local charities. Learn More


VNSA is an all-volunteer organization of members who work all year long. We collect 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 fill out a Volunteer Member interest form