Blog Archive

Blog Archive

29 Things To Do In Chigago for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

In honor of Leap Year, today we are highlighting 29 things to do while you are in Chicago for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, June 18-20.

Evaluate Your Surroundings, Then Take Action

Dallisa HockingToday's Turning Point story is written by Dallisa Hocking, Director of Sustainability and Community at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Dallisa is on the Advisory Council for Communities in Schools and an officer for the Las Vegas Business Academy. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and traveling with her grandma Eloise.  

My Turning Point Was Influenced By Strong Female Role Models

Eileen BostwickToday's Turning Point story is written by Eileen Bostwick, Director of the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs in northern California.  In Eileen’s spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her 6 grandchildren, and volunteering at their school fund-development events.  She also serves on the National Association Fo

From A Thousand Points of Light Toward New Innovations in National Service and Social Impact

Jackie NorrisToday's guest post is written by Jackie Norris, the Executive Director at the Points of Light Corporate Institute, an Iowan by way of NY, Mom to 3 Boys, Previous Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama. You can find her on twitter: @MsJackieNorris

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday to our readers! We can't believe it's almost March already- where did the time go?! See below for some great resources for nonprofits, your own mental health, and volunteer recruitment. Have a great weekend!

News Flash: Barbara Bush to Speak at National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Points of Light Newsflash

We are honored to announce that former first lady Barbara Bush will be joining us in Chicago for the 2012

My Turning Point Occured in the East Harlem Subway

Gina KeatleyToday's Turning Point story is written by Gina Keatley, Founder/Director of Nourishing NYC, a community food program that feeds, educates, and advocates for tens-of-thousands of in need families annually.

My Turning Point Into Service Happened at the Age of 13

Gary Renville Today’s Turning Point post comes from guest writer, Gary Renville, Vice-President of HandsOn Network. In Gary's spare time he enjoys playing tennis and volunteering with the United States Tennis Association Board of Directors through their National Committee on Diversity.

News Flash: Nominate a Hasbro Community Action Hero

Points of Light Newsflash

Do you know a young person between the ages of 5 and 18 who has done remarkable community service in the past 12 months?

2012 Hasbro Community Action Hero Nominations Open

Nicholas LowingerIn May 2011, six young people were honored as Hasbro Community Action Heroes and recognized for their achievements in volunteer service and contributions to their communities and the world.

Civic Entrepreneurship: Doing Well by Doing Good

Ben KoteyToday’s guest post is written by Benjamin Kotey, the Venture and New Program Development intern in the Civic Incubator at Points of Light. He provides research support in new program developments and analysis of the social enterprise arena.

News Flash: Watch Sunday Fox News Special on President Bush, His Legacy of Service

Points of Light Newsflash

This Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. EST, Fox News will air a special on President George H. W. Bush, "President George H.W.

News Flash: National Volunteer Week - Celebrating People in Action

Points of Light News Flash

Every day, in places throughout the country, people are using their time, talent, voice and money to create positive change in their communities.

Finding Causes You Care About: Adventures in Adult Literacy

This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from accredited online colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.

Teaching Was My Turning Point Into Service

Mark In the ClassroomThe theme for this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service is “Turning Point.” At Points of Light we are highlighting turning point stories – stories about the moment or moments that inspired your service.

News Flash: A Billion + Change Sweeps Nebraska

Points of Light News Flash

Technology start-up Nebraska Global embraces its hometown spirit of philanthropy and has built a uni

Everyday is Valentines Day for Volunteering

Valentines Day Heart Candy Happy Valentines Day!

Maybe you have embraced this day, maybe you resent this day, whatever the case, today is a day to celebrate and spread love- why not think about it as a day to spread kindness? And what better way to do that then by volunteering?

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

It's Friday and you know what that's time for Friday Volunteer News!  Check out what's been happening all over the U.S. this week...
  1. Volunteering can boost physical and mental health. The American Medical study finds that volunteering can be very beneficial to health.
  2. How Millennials Are Shaping the Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Technology-

Change Notes: The Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award

Change Notes


Eli Segal was an architect of the modern national service movement and an extraordinary civic entrepreneur.

Serving the Elderly

Joe BakerToday’s guest post is written by Joseph Baker. He enjoys volunteering in his community, writing, and baking. Read his work at

News Flash: Share Your Revolution

Points of Light News Flash

Do you want to make time to play outside with your kids, help out in your local neighborhood or simply vow to keep a positive attitude?

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Not only is it important for you to do good for others, but it’s also important to do good for yourself.  If you aren’t focusing enough on yourself it’s time you do - because you deserve it! If your New Year’s resolution to improve your health is already fading, now during the month of February is the right time to try again for National Cancer Prevention Month. AICR’s guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you improve three major areas:
  1. Eat more plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

News Flash: Innovation Hubs Share Ideas, Inspiration

Leaders from HandsOn Network's 10 Innovation Hubs recently came together for a five-day summit near Atlanta to share creative ideas, develop new strategies to engage volunteers and create cutting-edge community engagement models that can be replicated across the network. "The summit was an intentional and strategic deep dive into innovation and how it is applied to community challenges in a rapidly changing world," said Tara Smith, executive director of Seattle Works. "I think it ignited a conversation that would have otherwise not happened and will yield powerful results for our role in community transformation across the country."

My Turning Point: 76 Days of Life That Changed Mine Forever

Tymm HoffmanThe theme for this years National Conference on Volunteering and Service is “Turning Point.” On the blog we are continuing to highlight turning point stories – the stories of when someone recognized they could no longer stand by and watch the needs of their communities go unmet.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

It's almost time for the weekend! Hope you have had an inspiring week! As you look forward to the Super bowl or the puppy bowl, or other fun weekend activities here is a recap of interesting articles we found this week. Here are some social good stories happening in the news this past week-

You’re Not Invisible!…The Photographer Who Sees The Homeless

Shawn AndersonToday's post is written by ShawnAnderson, best-selling author national speaker on "maximizing potential and going the extra mile." Shawn is also the Founder of, a non-profit that led the charge in encouraging

You Could Be A Volunteer Who Doesn't Even Know It...

Chelsea MurphyToday's post is written by Chelsea Murphy, Communications Coordinator at Points of Light.  An avid sports enthusiast, and a recently converted smart phone user, she likes doing good through buying fair trade coffee and recycling daily.