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Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! There have been lots of exciting conferences this week including the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative. We hope to showcase recaps and take-aways from these events next week on the blog. Here are some other great news from the week:

1) How Your AmeriCorps Experience Can Help You Get Into Grad School

Change Notes: Target Builds Brighter Futures

Friends, Target believes that every child deserves a bright future. Since 1946, Target - a longtime partner to Points of Light - has given 5 percent of its income to support and enrich the communities it serves. Today that equals more than $3 million every week to support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism, plus a commitment to contribute $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

Be A Hero For Our Heroes This Holiday Season

We are passionate about bringing you cool campaigns that are doing good and making differences in people’s lives. Sears and Rebuilding Together are doing good for the military community.

UnitedHealth HEROES Service Learning Grants

School is back in session and we want to share with you cool ways to get involved in service-learning.

GenerationOn’s partners at YSA are offering UnitedHealth HEROES grants of up to $1,000 for youth-led projects that encourage kids to get active and healthy. Grants are available for youth-led service-learning projects which aim to combat childhood obesity through walking, running or hiking programs.

September Staff Volunteer Mulching at Zoo Atlanta

Today’s post is written by Shaketia Robinson, the Intern and Volunteer Services Coordinator for Points of Light.  A graduate of American Intercontinental University, Shaketia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

Here at Points of Light we believe strongly in practicing what we preach! Every month we indulge in a service project with a local nonprofit. This month we had the pleasure of volunteering with Zoo Atlanta.

Our Atlanta staff were hosted by the horticulture department, a friendly, fun-loving bunch of people who really care about their work and the animals they attend to. They guided us in mulching the primate exhibit, which is a task that is performed at least twice a year. Mulching is extremely important to maintaining a healthy enclosure landscape. Mulching not only looks nice, but it adds nutrition to enrich the soil, helps to retain moisture, protects soil from erosion, and helps prevent weed growth.

It’s Time to Get Good & Ready for Disasters

Today’s guest post is reposted from the AmeriCorps Alums blog on September 19. This post is written from our AmeriCorps Alums North Texas Chapter Leader and AmeriCorps NCCC Alum, Lisa Tatum. When I served on Disaster Response assignment with AmeriCorps *NCCC in 1998, I had no idea that I was starting on the Emergency Management career path. That one month on assignment in the San Francisco area was an amazing experience. Helping with their flood response in the area of logistics taught me about all of the coordination that is needed in a disaster response. I learned to drive a forklift, helped provide supplies to the larger response, and even helped with client casework.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Today is World Alzheimer's Day. Wear purple to spread awareness today. Find out other active ways you can get involved through the World Alzheimer's Association. Are you volunteering for other causes this weekend? Share with us in comments!

Mark your Calendars for Oct. 27th Make A Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

Since we are around six weeks out, now is the time to think about what projects can be created and supported — are you willing to make a difference?

Watch Rehema Ellis’s motivation for making a difference in people’s lives.

Should Community Service be a Graduation Requirement?

Today's guest post is written by Samantha Gray who was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is now a writer for and she loves receiving feedback from her readers at

At my high school, we were required to complete 10 hours of community service in order to receive an honors diploma. I fulfilled my hours by feeding the destitute in a local soup kitchen, cleaning and planting in the fresh air as part a park beautification project, and finally (and more prosaically) stuffing envelopes for a human rights group. It was an interesting and eye-opening experience. I felt both a rush of empowerment and an enhanced appreciation for the tremendous difficulties and beautiful possibilities out there in the world beyond my teenage bubble.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

It's Friday again! The best day of the week right? Right! This week is filled with inspiring stories as we remember and honor 9/11. There are also stories highlighting new innovations in corporate social responsibility and a closer look on the Presidential candidates nonprofit views. Here are the news:

My Daily Dose of Inspiration for Volunteering

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

Yesterday I watched a TEDx talk by Tony Robbins. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out as a conference bringing people together from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Today you can find archives of talks on almost any topic you can imagine.  Below is Tony Robbin's talk called "Why Do We Do What We Do?"

Change Notes: Service Brings a Kinder, Gentler Vibe to D.C.


It's not often you see famed international musician YOSHIKI, in the dark glasses, mingling with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo. Or see former Vice President Dan Quayle and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn sharing a smile. It's probably not a surprise to know that the Today Show's Al Roker, along with wife Deborah Roberts of 20/20, can work a room.

Change Notes: Every Day I Serve


Last year, on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Matt Segneri rose before dawn to help plant 3,000 flags in Boston honoring those lost. He joined hundreds of other volunteers from Points of Light's HandsOn Network affiliate Boston Cares. The event was held in total silence.

"It was a powerful shared experience on a sorrowful but inspiring day," he writes in a guest blog posted yesterday on Points of Light's website. "And it provided the spark that would change the next year of my life."

On The 11th Anniversary of 9/11 Day Answer the Call To Serve

Today's guest post is written by Matt Segneri, who leads civic and social innovation projects at Bennett Midland in New York City. He previously served as a senior advisor to Mayor Thomas Menino, whose office he joined as an HBS Leadership Fellow.

My alarm sounded well before dawn, as it did for dozens of citizens all over Massachusetts. We each found our own way to the Boston Public Garden, driven by a common desire to help, to heal, to honor.

Few of us knew each other but we gathered that day – the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – to build something together. With help from above and a few flashlights, we planted nearly 3,000 flags in the Garden of Remembrance to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.

It was a powerful shared experience on a sorrowful but inspiring day. And it provided the spark that would change the next year of my life.

Join the 9/11 Day Movement

Each year, volunteers come together to rekindle the spirit of unity that existed immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.  This day brings together cultures, bridges differences and unites citizens of goodwill around the world.

–Michelle Nunn


Last year My Good Deed launched The I Will campaign for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The result was extraordinary. A remarkable 33 million Americans, from all 50 states, engaged in good deeds and charitable service as a constructive way of observing 9/11 last year, according to independent research conducted in 2011 by Horizon Consumer Science for 9/11 Day.

Celebrate Daily Points of Light

So many people across the U.S and the world are doing good in their communities. It’s really amazing how creative, courageous, and compassionate humans can be.  Read some recent inspiring stories:

Driven by destiny: Zanardi wins the race of his life to take gold.

17 Year Old Builds Cell Phone Heart Monitor for Developing World.

Wyatt Erber, Illinois Boy, Wins $1,000 In Scavenger Hunt, Donates All to Sick Neighbor Girl.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday!  Today we are in D.C  celebrating inspiring people who best exemplify the American ideal of service and voluntary action at our Tribute Awards. Do you have a weekend of volunteering ahead of you?

Here are the inspiring news of the week:

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved with Helping Others

Growing up, my family always encouraged my brother and me to do whatever we could to help children who were less fortunate than us. Part of our weekly allowance was always tithed to the church, every Christmas we donated shoe boxes full of toys to “Santa,” who then took them to families who would be unable otherwise to afford gifts, and we were urged to reach out to anyone who was in need. This sentiment is one that has stayed with me throughout my teenage and adult years, and I think my parents employed several tactics that helped foster my love for helping others that other parents can use as well:

Labor Day 2012

On Labor Day and throughout the year, we celebrate our Nation's workers, and we commit to supporting their efforts in moving our economy forward.  Labor Day has always been a time to remember and celebrate achievement. The United States Department of Labor describes Labor Day’s founding as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” However for a lot of Americans, there isn’t labor to celebrate.