Today's article is written by HandsOn Tech AmeriCorps members John Jarvis, Melissa Reynolds, and Diana Bui, from the HandsOn Atlanta office. This article was first published in the evolve newsletter and has been published on the Learn It Live Blog.
Happy Friday! It was so great to see a lot of you in Chicago! We are finishing our Conference wrap up. Check out our website to find videos, photos, and resources from the event. We hope those of you who came to Conference are able to bring back all those great ideas and tools into the work you are doing. Stay out of the heat this weekend and have a great 4th of July Week! Here are some of the news from this past week:
Today's guest post is written by Maggie O'Neill, a jill-of-all-trades combining a career in editing with other interests in hiking, running, and raising two kids. In her spare time, she volunteers to do her church newsletter as well as does spontaneous litter pick-up in her neighborhood with her kids.
As a national multi-sector coalition dedicated to increasing social impact through effective volunteer engagement, Reimagining Service continues to focus its efforts on increasing the adoption of effective practices, gathering new insights via research and encouraging funding in
More than 150 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community partners came together as part of a Community Innovation Breakfast on June 19, hosted by Starbucks, to celebrate a new strategic partnership and the call to action for supporters of the Civic Accelerator, a new Points of Light and Village Capital venture.
Now, more than ever, businesses and corporations are embracing service programs, lending their most valuable assets – the time, talent, skills and enthusiasm of their employees – to help the nonprofit sector make a difference in their communities. Yet even as many companies expand their community engagement, many don’t have the tools necessary to formalize a program.
A Billion + Change, a growing national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer (SBV) services from corporate America, is bringing into sharp relief the valuable role SBV programs play in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to meet community needs at home and aroun
For the past two days, more than 150 staff and representatives from HandsOn Network affiliates came together to network, discuss important sector trends, share best practices and celebrate their collective success. Their time together focused on innovative programming, partnership development, technology and more. The Pre-conference also featured an impressive lineup of presenters and speakers, including communication experts Michael Margolis and Allison Fine.
HandsOn Network is engaged in a focused field investment strategy called Innovation Hubs (iHubs), designed to dramatically accelerate the growth, effectiveness and impact of our network. Through iHubs we are engaging a cohort of our strongest, most progressive market leaders to formulate innovative approaches and pilot best-in-class initiatives with the intent of scaling the most impactful opportunities to benefit the entire network, and ultimately, the communities we serve.
Good & Ready, led by Points of Light, is a collaborative emergency preparedness engagement initiative, online and on-the-ground, working to increase youth and family preparedness working with core partners including the American Red Cross, Ready.gov, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.
Today's post is written by Glenn Tilton, chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase.
Throughout the economic downturn and continuing recovery, individuals and organizations have looked to the volunteer sector to address community needs. While nonprofits have stepped in to help, the challenge of how civic engagement can build a stronger economy, more highly skilled and versatile workers, and create economic benefits remains.
Happy Friday! This weekend is Father's Day on Sunday! Celebrate all the dads in the world this Sunday. What better way to celebrate then to spend some quality time volunteering with your dad and family?! Find some ideas below to celebrate the dads and husbands and great guys in your life...
Environmental issues are a daily reality for most of us, from poor air quality to rising temperatures. It’s important for us to address these issues in order to find a solution. This year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service focuses on many topics in the service sector including environmental sustainability.
The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is just days away. Are you excited? These sessions will be great resources for both nonprofit organizations and volunteers. The Faith and Neighborhoods track will be divided into four sessions.
Check out all the sessions focused on Faith and Neighborhoods at this year’s Conference.
Today’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Charlotte Bilski a senior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y. She is the co-president of her school’s community service club, SHARE and co-founder of her school’s AFYA club.
Submitted by lauren.williams on Tue, 2012-06-12 08:00
When you attend the sessions featured in our economic opportunity track at this year’s National Conference of Volunteering and Service, you will learn how to manage your family’s finances and taxes, how to create economic opportunity for immigrants, how nonprofits can help with financial sustainability and much more. Check out some of the sessions focused on economic opportunity listed here:
Today’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Nicholas Lowinger, 14, a 2011 Hasbro Community Action Hero, an award recognizing outstanding young service leaders presented by Hasbro in partnership with
Today's post is written by Eleanor Schoenbrun, an 8-year-old from El Paso, Texas, who founded Pennies Fur Pets in October 2011. Eleanor’s goal is to help rescue animals find homes. This story is republished from the
Today's guest post is written by Sharon Li, a freshman at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas. She is the co-founder of We Care Act, which helps school children recover from disasters and engages youth around the world to help others in need.
Submitted by carrisa.pawell on Tue, 2012-06-05 08:00
Today’s guest post is written by Betty Stallings, speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago.
Betty Stallings, MSW,is a highly regarded international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant and author specializing in volunteer management, fundraising, leadership and board development.
Today's guest post is written by Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Esq. the Director of Communications for the nonprofit organization Blue Star Families and a long-time volunteer for pretty much anything and everything. She lives in Chesapeake, Va. with her (now retired) Navy man and two boys.
Submitted by Points of Light... on Mon, 2012-06-04 08:00
On Tuesday, June 19 at 2:30pm, some of the bravest knights in the nonprofit world will come together at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. They will gather together in service to the realm and protect the people of the realm from the forces that threaten England.
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The theme for this year's National Conference on Volunteering and Service is "Turning Point." At Points of Light, we are highlighting turning point stories about the moment or moments that inspired one's service to society.