Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Why I Volunteer in My Marine Corps Community and Why You Should Too

When I see a need I want to do what I can to fill that need if it is within my capabilities. My personal passion is helping Marine Corps families. As a Marine Corps spouse I know the feeling of needing community.

Big or small, your business has the power to lead change through skills-based service

Today's post is written by Jim Corcoran, the president and chief executive of the Fairfax Chamber

At a Pro Bono Summit on April 22, convened by A Billion + Change, Deloitte, the Fairfax Chamber, George Mason University and Fairfax County Government to kick off National Volunteer Week, “collaboration is critical” emerged as the central theme.

Change Notes: A Presidential Library Opening Prompts Thoughts of Legacy and Service

President Obama and the four living former presidents gathered today at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus on Southern Methodist University. They showed up, I presume, as a sign of respect for the office and for their extraordinary shared experiences, and, perhaps, as a nod to their shared concerns about legacy.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! This week has been a busy one, National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and now it's Global Youth Service Day! What service activities did you partake in? Share with us in comments!

Empowering Young Women

Today’s post is written by Rachel Ley, 15, from Stevens Point, WI. Rachel is a founding Youth Advisory Council member for generationOn, the youth service enterprise of Points of Light. She is also the founder of a program called Literacy for Little Ones, which provides newborn babies with book packages, encouraging their parents to read to them on a daily basis.

Helping Elders in Massachusetts

One of the most meaningful experiences of my life had to do with the community service I participated in a year ago. I spent a summer devoted to helping the elderly at an old age home in Massachusetts. The main reason why this experience was so powerful is because it has transformed my core beliefs of the purpose of life.

Short on Time? Here Are 6 Volunteer Ideas

It's National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all the volunteers year round, and this week especially as we honor those who do so much for our communities and the world. Here are six quick and easy ways to volunteer and start making a difference.

Change Notes: Look for the helpers

Friends, Last week, as so many of us tried to make sense of the terrible events in Boston, this message from the beloved children's television host Fred Rogers began to pop up on Facebook pages, twitter posts and in the news media: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.'"

Making a Difference Through Music

Today's post is written by today's Daily Point of Light #4983, Katy Dolan, Co-Founder/Co-Executive Officer, LETEM. Katy is a junior at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington, and is passionate about music, leadership, soccer, and academics. After high school, she hopes to attend Harvard or Stanford and pursue medicine or social entrepreneurship.

Need Skills for a New Job? Volunteer!

Today's guest post is written by HandsOn Leadership volunteer Christine McMullin. This is republished from the Seattle Works blog. Christine is a ghostwriter and university instructor of writing when she’s not busy volunteering and learning new skills. You can connect with her on Twitter @CMcMChatter

What HandsOn Twin Cities Youth Advisory Board Will Bring to the Table...

Today’s guest post comes from Carly Bandt. Carly is a member of HandsOn Twin Cities Youth Advisory Board in Minneapolis. Carly and her 10 peers on the Youth Advisory Board aim to inspire meaningful volunteerism, develop youth leadership, and create innovative projects in the Twin Cities community.

Community Development: Morgan Stanley Challenges Its Employees to Get Involved

Today's blog is republished from the CSRwire blog, part four of the Civic 50 series. Today's post is written by Jackie Norris, Executive Director of Points of Lights' Corporate Institute.

Why Volunteer? Because You Can Gain More Than You Give

“Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.” - Carrie Chapman Catt, American Women's Rights Activist People often tout the altruistic nature of volunteering. It’s because we care for our fellow man. Because we believe in the societal benefits that occur when everyone lifts up those around them.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

We made it to Friday again! This week the Save Service in America campaign was launched led by Voices for National Service and ServiceNation, and AmeriCorps Alums has launched the first ever “I Serve Because…” video contest.

Can Conference Change Your Life? Ask Joseph Peterson.

Two years ago, Joseph Peterson was on Twitter, and one click lead to another until he found himself on the website for Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service. Impressed with what he found, he tweeted four words to @NCVS: “Cool conference, good luck!”

Tips For Community Engagement in Rural and Urban Communities

On March 23, the Points of Light Blog asked questions about what makes a group of people a community and what is it about a community of people that makes them successful as a group of volunteers?

Change Notes: An investment in volunteer service, from one President to another

Friends, President Obama's 2014 budget includes a small investment for those who care about volunteer service and a big tribute to the father of the modern-day volunteer movement.

Daily Point of Light #4980, Terry Grahl

Today’s guest post is written by Terry Grahl, wife and mother of four, and the founder of Enchanted Makeovers, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform shelters for women and children from surviving to thriving spaces.  Her heart has led her to introduce women, children and volunteers to a way of life, a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives, how we see each other and possibilities for the future. 

A Life Changing Summer of Service in Detroit

HandsOn Tech Detroit compiled stories from AmeriCorps Alums in the Detroit area to highlight the work they did during their year of service. There is a lot of great work being done by AmeriCorps members in Detroit, and many of those who serve in the area stick around to contribute to the Detroit community after their year of service. We wanted to make sure their inspirational stories of service were shared.

Change Notes: It just takes a minute to join the largest commitment of pro bono service in history

Friends, This story doesn't start well. Here's the headline from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Foundation Giving Won't Rise Much this Year."

What Will You Bring to the Table?

Today’s guest post comes from Sally Hallingstad. Sally is Director of Events & Marketing at Metro Volunteers, a HandsOn Volunteer Action Center in Denver. Through generationOn’s What Will You Bring to the Table? initiative, Sally and her team are engaging youth in taking action against child hunger.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! Happy April. Hope you didn't get tricked by any April Fools Day pranks this week. Here were some of the best April Fools pranks from companies this year: April Fools' Day 2013.

September Is Academic Attendance Awareness Month

Did you know that missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by sixth grade, missing only that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days of the school year— or two to three days per month. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference: educators, afterschool programs, mayors, businesses, parents… really, everyone! Join us this September for the launch of the first-ever Attendance Awareness Month.

How will Conference be a Change Point for you?

Conference is more than just the sessions you attend, it's about the people you'll meet and the conversations you'll have. There are some colleagues that I see only at conference, but I know that I can pick up the phone any time and get advice and support from them. I've picked their brains, "borrowed" their ideas, and learned from their experience. None of this knowledge would have been available to me had I decided to sit in my office alone. As an affiliate leader, I've learned that creating and strengthening my peer network has been crucial to my success, both personally and organizationally.

Change Notes: What will you bring to the table?


The flyer a colleague sent me lists the facts:

  • More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger. That's more than 1 in 5.
  • 1 in 2 children in the City of Detroit face hunger. That's half.

Join us for Conference in Washington DC! June 18-22

Come to our Conference on Volunteering and Service June 18-22. Never been to DC? Make it a vacation!Here are fun things to do in DC: Make sure you visit the Washington Mall! The National Mall is the first stop on most sightseeing tours of Washington DC and most of the attractions are free.

Volunteering 20 Minutes at a Time

Today's blog is reposted from Business4Better blog, published on March 20, 2013. Do you have busy employees that can’t give large amounts of time for charitable volunteering due to other commitments and a busy lifestyle? Then try micro-volunteering.