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Change Notes: Congratulations to Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS

Change Notes


Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Wendy Spencer as the next CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Points of Light extended family is thrilled to have her stepping into this critical leadership role.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

katniss hunger games volunteerHave you see hunger games this week yet? Time to do your part like Katniss and volunteer :-) Spring is in full bloom and weather is getting warmer.  Get outdoors this weekend and volunteer in the sun! Here are the volunteer news of the week:

Treasuring the Extras

Charlotte BilskiToday's guest post is republished from yesterday's White House blog For the Win Series.

The Worm Selling, $4.25 an Hour Lessons that Changed My Life

Shawn AndersonToday’s turning point 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 char

I Was Lucky To Come From A Family Of Volunteers

Peggy FlynnToday's turning point post from guest writer, Peggy Flynn, a Project Director at ETR Associates, who is her spare time is on the Board of The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County (CA), and through them a volunteer literacy tutor. She also volunteers with United Way of Santa Cruz County and with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

One Person At A Time

Today's guest post is written by Kate Croston, a freelance writer, who holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing home internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to:  katecroston.croston09 @

Daily Point of Light #4730 Jamie Hobson and Eloise Lynton

Jamie Hobson

Jamie Hobson and Eloise Lynton of Los Angeles, Calif., have worked for more than a year to create The Book in a Bag program at Westside Children’s Center, a local head start that provides a wide-range of services to more than 100 low-income families.

My Turning Point: Service As A Lifestyle

Shannon ZoetToday's turning point story is written by Shannon Zoet, Assistant Director at Michigan Campus Compact, an affiliate of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Shannon is also a Membership Co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in Grand Rapids.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

It's that time again! We know you follow Facebook and twitter, but do you have a Pinterest account?  Check out our Points of Light Pinterest boards :-)  You can now spend countless hours on Pinterest this weekend, you are welcome.

Here are the news from the week:

My Turning Point - Encouraging Others to Make Positive Life Changes Benefits the Whole Community

JoAnna PhillipsToday's turning point story is written by JoAnna Phillips, a student at the University of Southern Indiana, and an AmeriCorps member who works with Counseling For Change.

Volunteer of the Week: Mark Bentley

Mark BentleyThis week’s volunteer of the week is Mark Bentley of Las Vegas, N.M. Bentley started officially volunteering eight years ago, yet community and lending a hand have always been a part of his subconscious.

Using Your Social Networks To Find Fundraising Partners

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

A 2nd Grade Service-Learning Project Was My Turning Point

Laura Saldivar

Laura Saldivar pictured on the right at the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

My Turning Point Happened When I Signed Up To Be A Big Sister

Lizzy and AliThe 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.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up For AmeriCorps Week!

AmeriCorps Works

AmeriCorps Works Here! Alums Jill (2010-2011), Francine 1997-1998, 1999-2000), Bryn (2008-2010), and Amanda (2007-2009) working for the greater good at Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.

Daily Point of Light #4723 Sabrina Hilton

During Americorps Week we highlight current members and Americorps Alums who are Daily Point of Lights all over the nation...

After three years of service with AmeriCorps St. Louis, Sabrina Hilton conceived the idea to begin growing food in of St. Louis, Mo. This idea came to reality when Green Beings Urban Farm was born.

Make Me Care

Corporate Service Council Group Shot

Corporate Service Council- Photo Courtesy of Points of Light

AmeriCorps Was My Turning Point

Michael NealisSince we are highlighting Turning Point posts for our National Conference on Volunteering and Service we are specifically highlighting current or past AmeriCorps members for AmeriCorps Week.

News Flash: Buy a Tumbler, Help HandsOn Network

Points of Light Newsflash

When you pick up your morning coffee this week, keep an eye out for a flashy Starbucks tumbler that does more than just keep your favorite beverage hot. This specially designed, limited edition tumbler provides a unique connection to community involvement.

Apply for the generationOn Youth Advisory Council

Rachel ShusterToday's guest post is written by Rachel Shuster, a 10th-grader at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, N.Y, who  is an inaugural member of the generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.

Mark Snaer: Volunteer Of The Week

Mark SnaerMark Snaer Volunteer of the Week of March 12, 2012.

IBM: Making Volunteer Service a Celebration

Diane MelleyThis post is written by Diane Melley, Director, IBM, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, who will be hosting a free live webcast, in partnership with Points of Light, on March 13, 2012, 1:00-2:00pm EST.

My Turning Point: How Americorps Worked for Me...

Ken TranToday's post is written by Ken Tran, the current External Relations Coordinator with AmeriCorps Alums. He served as a National Direct AmeriCorps member with the Get HandsOn Campaign in 2010-2011 at Points of Light.

Change Notes: Japan One Year Later

Change Notes


Winning on the Road

Today's story is re-posted from the White House For The Win series published on Thursday, March 8. Russell Lyons is a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award presented by Points of Light.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

International Womens Day logoIt's Friday! Our Americorps Alums have been getting ready for Americorps Week with the theme: Americorps Works!

My Turning Point: An All-American Vantage-Point

Keith LeeTodays' turning point is written by Keith Lee, the Points of Light volunteer of the week.  We are highlighting his story for the upcoming Americorps Week.  Keith is an Americorps  member currently at West Suburban P

Celebrate AmeriCorps Week with AmeriCorps Alums!

Americorps Works: theme of Americorps WeekWith AmeriCorps Week (March 10th – 18th) quickly approaching, AmeriCorps Alums, the national network for all AmeriCorps Alumni,  is actively partnering with the Corporation for National a

Exploring Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Simone BernsteinToday’s post is written by Simone Bernstein, a sophomore at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., co-founded Volunteen Nation with her brother, Jake. Simone will be joining generationOn as a summer intern this June.

My Turning Point Occurred With The Death of My Father

Pilar PinelToday's turning point story is written by Pilar Pinel, founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS). ELLAS is dedicated to the educational, professional and political advancement of underserved Latina youth.

Healthy Messages

This is republished from today's For the Win series on the White House blog. The series features the remarkable initiatives that young Americans are advancing to win the future for their communities

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday! Wow it's March already- Americorps Week is coming up, we are 1 month away from National Volunteer Week, and we are 3 months away from our National Conference of Volunteering and Service. Want to volunteer this weekend? Find volunteer opportunities near you!

Here are some awesome Volunteer News of the Week:

My Turning Point Was During My Dad's Deployment

Simone BernsteinSimone A. Bernstein is a sophomore at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.