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After Hurricane Sandy, Real Work Continues

In a parking lot in Far Rockaway, New York, a school bus is the volunteer staging site.

Volunteers check in and get their assignments. Then, with computers and maps of the neighborhood, they fan out to "muck out" homes, a critical first step to restoring power and starting the rebuilding process after Hurricane Sandy. Wearing protective gear and facemasks, they tear out the flooring and remove the debris and paneling in homes to eradicate mold.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

We wish everyone a happy, safe, and fun-filled holiday week. Our Points of Light offices are closed, so we will not have new blogs until the new year. Have a peaceful week and a wonderful new year!

Spreading Christmas Cheer to Foster Children Is Now Our Family Tradition

Today’s guest post is written by Angela Foremaster, a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Earlier this year, Angela was named Nevada's top high school volunteer of 2012 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for collecting small gifts to fill Christmas stockings for foster children and homeless teens in the greater Las Vegas area.

During the Christmas season, it seems like everyone is looking for ways to help others.  I wanted to do something special that would make a difference.  I established a project that donates Christmas stockings to children in foster care.  My starting goal was to donate 100 stockings to one organization; I ended up with 250 stockings that we donated to two organizations.

What Discovered About Young People and Volunteering

Today's guest post is written by Alison Richmond who works in the fundraising industry and understands that volunteering is very important for the various third-sector organisations. Alison particularly enjoys discovering new fundraising ideas for various causes and she currently works for

I’m a Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams to Change the World

Today’s post is written by Rachele Tanner. Rachele is the Program Coordinator for Year Up, Bay Area. Rachele’s passion for working with young adults stems from her experience in Tanzania, Africa and her local community work in San Francisco. She plans on working for Year Up fulltime next year in their new Silicon Valley expansion that will open its doors in March, 2013.

Change Notes: Acts of Charity Lead Us to Acts of Justice

There’s often a fine line between individual acts of caring and systemic change – a line we cross often in a world that needs both compassion and justice. That line took center stage last week at the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) conference in London, where I worked with 400 attendees from 70 countries -- all of whom engage volunteers to help meet critical needs, all of whom end up developing solutions to larger issues in the process.

Being Human to Our Fellow Humans

Todays' post is written by Paul Taylor. Paul and his wife, Julie, both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to He personally thinks his blog will help with finding information on all things related to a babysitter.

Volunteering is Good for Your Health

Today's blog is reposted from United Church Homes on Nov. 30, 2012.

Residents of Cherry Arbor affordable housing community in North Lewisburg, Ohio, are always looking for ways to serve others.

On Election Day they made chili and cornbread available to anyone who needed to come in, sit and get a bite to eat. Once a week they host a free exercise class that’s open to the North Lewisburg community. And every month they host a mobile food pantry that provides basics to about 60 local families.

Great to Good: 7 Ways to Judge a Company

Today's blog post is reprinted with permission from CSRWire, originally published Dec. 10.

By Gregory Papajohn and Lee Ann Zondag

How do you continually strive to achieve greatness? Where do you look for drivers, tools and benchmarking? How do you turn your achievements, resources and leverage into impact?

The Civic 50 now offers exactly that opportunity. In partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), Points of Light and Bloomberg LP, these 50 companies represent the best companies that improve the quality of life in the communities they do business through the application of time, talent and resources.  

Students, Parents, and Organizations Coming Together for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Today’s post is written by Ivan Cestero, 9th grade history teacher, and Director of Avenues Community Engagement.

In accordance with the Avenues community focus on “welcome, safety, and respect,” the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy gave all of us the opportunity to reflect on the important impact we can have on one another’s lives.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

It's Friday! This will be our last Friday Volunteer News Round Up before the new year, but don't worry we'll start this up again in January after the holiday break. Feel free to post in our comments or tweet to us @pointsoflight other great volunteering articles we should share!

Have A Fair Trade Holiday Season and New Year

With holidays coming up, why not make them eco friendly and fair trade? Getting ready to spread some cheer through the mail? Search these fun options and send green holiday cards.

Public Transportation and Poverty Awareness

Todays' post is written by Alex Green, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology, who is serving with HandsOn Tech in Seattle. He has a solid background in technology as well, having been a projectionist for three years and a sound engineer for two.

Meet the 2012 Purpose Prize Winners

Today's blog is reposted from on Dec. 5.

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are five stories that reveal the power of social innovation – and the capacity of individuals in their encore careers.

I’m proud to introduce this year’s $100,000 Purpose Prize winners. Each of them identified a significant, seemingly intractable social problem.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! Happy December! What are you doing to volunteer for the holidays? Share with us in comments. Here are some news from the week:

BOULD Millennial Impact Challenge

BOULD, a member of the Civic Accelerator, a joint venture between Points of Light and Village Capital, has been named a winner of the Millennial Impact Challenge. The competition was a nationwide search for the best social-impact projects launched and developed by innovators under the age of 30.

How to Engage Youth in Service During the Holidays

Today's post is written by Becca Webster, program associate for content design at generationOn.

It’s a busy time of year—at home, in schools and in organizations across the country. Thankfully, it only takes a moment to engage youth in service and a moment more to double their impact.

For every young person caring, sharing and giving back to their community this holiday season, Hasbro will donate a toy to Toys for Tots—up to 100,000 toys. To be a Joy Maker, all you have to do is share how many young people are serving, what they’re doing and in what state. It’s that easy.

The Cream Rises to the Top

Today’s post is written by Natalie Smith, Director of Corporate Relations at Points of Light.  Natalie works with companies to help them build and sustain successful employee engagement programs.

Have you ever heard that expression? As a child, my mother would always say this to me when encouraging me to do my best. I would nod my head as if I understood what she meant, even when I didn’t. Later in life I would understand exactly what she meant - the best of the best eventually rise to the top and get acknowledged for their work. This sparked a competitive edge in me and fueled my desire to reach for the top.