Hear From the People Who Inspired Thousands at the Conference on Volunteering and Service
Missed the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service last week? Thousands of leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and civic sectors came together in Atlanta to celebrate and shape the future of volunteerism.
Now you can feel like you were there. Or if you were fortunate enough to join us, you can relive some special moments. Check out these videos:
- Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush setting the tone for the Conference, giving a nod to his father and Points of Light founder President George H. W. Bush.
- Points of Light President Tracy Hoover outlining the state of the volunteering movement and where it’s heading.
- Tyler Perry paying a moving tribute to the points of light who helped him overcome the severe physical abuse the filmmaker endured as a child. (Hear the introduction from Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush here, and click here to read Perry’s story.)
- Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, moderating a panel examining the role young people play in the volunteer service movement. Panelists include Flint, Mich., Mayor Dayne Walling; Kweku Mandela, partner and CEO of Out of Africa Entertainment and Nelson Mandela’s grandson; and Bethaney Wright, a longtime tutor who recently completed her AmeriCorps service at Hands On Atlanta.
- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed painting his city’s rich history as “the cradle of the civil rights movement.”
- UPS CEO-elect David Abney announcing UPS’ commitment to 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020.
- Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino encouraging Conference attendees to join the fight against human slavery.
- A panel discussion about what the volunteer movement can learn from the civil rights movement, moderated by Bernice King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and featuring civil rights legends Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young and the Rev. C.T. Vivian.
- Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer discussing the future of volunteerism and ServiceWorks, a program to help low-income youth and young adults develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers. (Watch this short video about ServiceWorks.)
- The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church inspiring volunteers to think big and embrace diversity.
- The Eckert family of Ohio accepting a Daily Point of Light Award; the family is helping bring joy to children of U.S. military personnel who have died in the line of duty. (Read the family’s story here.)
- Civic Enterprises CEO John Bridgeland announcing the launch of the national service project YouServe.org.
- Kristian Bush, of the Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland, talking about service and performing.
- Kathy Eldon, founder and chair of Creative Visions Foundation, telling her story – how she overcame tragic loss to create a social movement.
- Mark E. Swinton, Tyler Perry Studios producer, discussing the art of storytelling and sharing a moving story of his own.
- Neil Bush closing out the Conference with a special message from President Obama.
For more about what happened at the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service, visit our Conference coverage page. Go to our YouTube channel or the Conference Facebook page for more videos showcasing the event.
We hope to see you in person at next year’s Conference!