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Oct. 09

Here’s a Great Way to Honor Families Who Volunteer

The Silversteins of New York started a family tradition several years ago – once per school semester volunteering for all-night shifts at a homeless shelter. Last year, for their commitment to volunteering as a family, they won a Daily Point of Light Award in honor of Family Volunteer Day.

dpol_silversteins_for_blog_post.jpg From left, Natalie, Archie and Emilia Silverstein visit the homeless shelter where they volunteer.

Do you know a family like the Silversteins? Maybe it’s your own.

This year, Points of Light, generationOn and Disney Friends For Change need your help to find the families in your community who are outstanding in their commitment to volunteer service. We’ll be recognizing at least 10 families for their great work in conjunction with Family Volunteer Day on Nov. 22, 2014 by presenting them each with a Daily Point of Light Award.

The nomination criteria are simple:

  • Any family actively engaged in voluntary service directed at domestic or international problem solving is eligible. For our purposes, a family is defined of not less than two persons, at least one of whom is younger than 15 and one 18 or older.
  • Award nominees must be legal residents of the United States and must consent to be nominated.
  • All volunteer activities of the nominees must be unpaid and cannot include court-ordered community service; however, nominees who receive a nominal stipend for their service (such as in connection with a national service program) may be eligible.
  • To be eligible, the volunteer activity should have lasted for at least six uninterrupted months and should be ongoing.

To nominate a family, fill out the online nomination form today here

Please note: Nominations for this special Family Volunteer Day Daily Point of Light Award close on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

If you have questions, email Brian Carr at bcarr@pointsoflight.org.

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