Blog Archive

Blog Archive

My Time As A 5-Year-Old International Drug Runner...

Kimberly BoydToday's Turning Point story is written by Kimberly Boyd, Vice President of Mobilization and Impact at Points of Light.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and continue to have a great weekend!! Here is what's been happening this week:
  1. 10 years after the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, her legacy of philanthropy continues.

News Flash: Share Your Story. Save Service.

Points of Light Newsflash

It is hard to believe that a mere three years have passed since President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

National Volunteer Week Project Linked to Tropical Storm Irene

National Volunteer Week Service ProjectToday’s post is written by Diana O’Neill, executive director of the Long Island Volunteer Center.

Early Bird Registration for Conference Ends This Friday!

Conference on Volunteering and Service LogoIt’s that time of year again! Not only are we on the verge of spring (and the dreaded pollen season), but we are getting closer to the National Conference on Volunteering & Service!

Princess Wishes

Alyssa PietruszkaToday's story is republished from the White House For the Win Series blog on April 19, 2012. Alyssa Pietruszka, 13, is an eighth grader at North Shore Middle School in Hartland, Wis.

I Get a Better Quality of Life Because I Give Quality to Life Through Service

Kelly WesselsToday's turning point story is by Kelly Wessels, the chief operations officer at United Community Action Network (UCAN), a Community Action Agency in Southern Oregon.

The Impact of Employee Volunteer Programs

Jennifer HighsmithToday’s guest post is written by Jennifer M. Highsmith, Senior Director, Corporate Training & Consulting  for The Points of Light Corporate Institute.

Going Green at Conference in June

Curtis ClarkYesterday was Earth Day, so using the theme that we should be taking care of the environment, here are tips to stay green and sustainable for our National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Remember to sign up for the early bird special this week before the deadline on Friday!

Happy Global Youth Service Day!

It's Global Youth Service Day! We celebrate all the children, teens, young adults, and adult allies who are making a difference today and every day! This weekend go and volunteer with the youth in your life! :-) Global Youth Service Day

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Volunteers Are Happy!It's Friday! There have been so many fun and awesome things going on this past week for National Volunteer Week!

Share Our Strength Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Jessica BombergThis week we are highlighting National Volunteer Week and celebrating the extraordinary impact volunteers have through service. Today we highlight Share Our Strength and their work to help fight childhood hunger.

Make A Difference Day Luncheon Today in Washington, D.C.

Make A Difference Day Magazine CoverToday in Washington D.C. we celebrate 14 inspiring honorees to show the extraordinary impact they make through service.

Prudential Spirit Award Celebrates Volunteers

Prudential Spirit Awards LogoLeading up to National Volunteer Week we at Points of Light want to celebrate volunteers who are doing remarkable things all over the country! Today we highlight honorees from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Boys & Girls Club of America "Year of Service" Campaign

Romero of Boys and Girls Clubs of AmericaFor National Volunteer Week, we're highlighting nonprofits that we've partnered with over the past year. Today's post comes from Romero Brown, Vice President, Program & Youth Development Services with Boys & Girls Club of America

News Flash: Innovative Strategies for Serving Atlanta

As part of National Volunteer Week, A Billion + Change brought together leaders from Atlanta's business and nonprofit communities yesterday for a special panel discussion, "

Volunteerism is the Heart of Blue Star Families

Kathy Roth DouquetToday's post is written by Kathy Roth-Douquet, co-founder and CEO of Blue Star Families. She is an author, attorney, former White House and Department of Defense appointee, and a frequent commentator in the media on patriotism, military service, and civilian-military relations.

After Disaster Strikes, Corporate Volunteers Help Communities Bounce Back

Jim Starr American Red CrossNational Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is a time to celebrate individuals creating positive change in their communities.

Bilingual Performances

Jordan SchwartzToday's blog is re-posted from the White House, For the Win series published April 11, 2012.

In Memory of Maureen Byrne

Maureen Byrne

Maureen Byrne, the Director of generationOn clubs and the heart and soul of Kids Care Clubs passed away yesterday. Written by Kathy Saulitis – Sr. VP of Programs and close friend and colleague of Maureen Byrne.

Want to Change the World?

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is a time to celebrate individuals creating positive change in their communities.

Celebrate People In Action During National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2012Today kicks off the start of National Volunteer Week,  April 15-21, a celebration of people doing extraordinary things through service.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

This upcoming week is National Volunteer Week! Starting on Sunday use this week to highlight the people that may not receive recognition that often. Help us celebrate the awesome volunteers in your life! Check out the volunteer sector news this week:


Evan DuckerToday's story is reposted from the White House for the Win Series published on April 5, 2011. The story is written by Evan Ducker, based on his personal experience living with a facial vascular birthmark.

I Grew Up In A Community That Valued Service

Tracy ThomasToday’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Tracy Thomas, Manager of Visitor Experience at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y. When not coordinating volunteers, Tracy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and hanging with her dog, Cade, in the Adirondacks.

Joining Forces Anniversary Tour

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launch Joining Forces in 2011

A Womens Studies Class Was My Turning Point

Bee NguyenToday’s Turning Point story is written by Bee Nguyen, president of Athena's Warehouse in Atlanta, Ga.  

GenerationOn Has Provided Me With An Amazing Experience

Mohit JainToday's guest post is written by Mohit Jain, a 17-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska and a member of the inaugural generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.

My Turning Point Happened After An F-4 Tornado

Natasha ColkmireToday's turning point story is written by Natasha Colkmire, special markets national sales manager for Motel 6. In Natasha's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her church, working out through running, yoga and rock climbing.

Joining the Youth Advisory Council Changed My Life

Liu ZhenToday's guest post is written by Liu Zhen Huang, a graduating senior at Baruch College Campus High School and  a member of the inaugural generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

National Volunteer Week 2012Happy Friday! We are already in April and one week away from National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) to celebrate all the amazing volunteers who make a difference!

My Turning Point Happened As A Young Newspaper Reporter

Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson pictured bottom right with other Hands On colleagues

I Grew Up in a Culture of Service

I served in the Navy on both active duty and in the reserves. My husband is still active duty and has deployed four times in our marriage, most recently to Iraq. There are challenges that come with that, especially with regard to our children. However, I’m thankful they are growing up in a culture of service.

The Great American Bake Sale

Jessica Bomberg

YAC Will Go Down as One of the Best Experiences of My Life

Clay HurdleToday's guest post is written by Clay Hurdle, a member of the inaugural generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.