Blog Archive

Blog Archive

The Most Important Number of All

As the new year approaches, we hope your New Year’s resolutions include using your time, talent and influence to make a difference for the issues you care about. Your service matters – now, more than ever. And, as you consider your year-end giving, we hope you will consider supporting Points of Light.

Headline: How `Mattress Mack’ Won the Heart of a City

Meet Jim McIngvale, who was awarded today’s Daily Point of Light Award in Houston by President George H. W. Bush, Points of Light’s founder, and Neil Bush, chair of Points of Light’s board. McIngvale’s longtime commitment to helping those in need has endeared him to fellow Houstonians.

Give Some Real Joy to the World

The great anticipation for Dec. 25 is upon us and with all of the rushing about to prepare for the perfect Christmas Day celebration, somewhere along the way, something has been lost. It wasn’t until the night of the annual Christmas pageant at my church that I realized that the power to bring joy was within my own hands.

Why You Should Volunteer With Your Kids

Volunteerism and community engagement are critical components of our family life. Service experiences promote learning through active participation, provide structured time for all members of our family to reflect, create opportunities to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations, extend learning beyond the classroom and foster a sense of caring for others.

One Artificial Christmas Tree Leads to 1,500 Firs for Families in Need

Alex Gramling says he experienced a “Christmas miracle” during the holidays in 2010 that changed the way he celebrates the season. It started when he found an artificial Christmas tree in his basement.

Where Will You Be on Jan. 20, 2014?

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Remembrance is just five weeks away, on January 20, 2014. Make plans today to volunteer in your community, or to host or attend America’s Sunday Suppers, gatherings designed to bring people together to share a meal, talk about critical issues and discuss ways people can unite to meet urgent local needs.

A Fun, Productive and Rewarding Use of Your Time

Charities in the U.K., and those in the voluntary sector in particular, are alive with ideas, activity and brilliant people, and it’s a pleasure to have your work life be part of that. We are seeing real change as many adults and young people are starting to realize that charities need money, but they also need time, human resources and skills.

Making a Splash With Special Needs Kids

Nanci Boutet has such a passion for surfing, she named her Kennebunk, Maine, surf shop Aquaholics. And she’s sharing her love for the sport with special needs children who feel great joy in the water.

Three Easy Ways Your Family Can Give Joy This Season

Help us get more than 100,000 toys to kids in need this season. Here are just three ways you can make your acts of giving count even more

Lifting Kids Off the Floor to Sleep in Their Own Beds

Jessica Collins was blindsided by “The Blind Side,” the movie based on the life of Michael Oher, who rose from poverty to become a successful NFL player. Ten years old when she saw the 2009 film, she only expected to be entertained. But a scene in the film moved her toward something greater.

Confronting Stigma With Kindness

Volunteering at a psychiatric hospital can be challenging, even unsettling. New volunteers can get overwhelmed by stares from excited patients or abrupt changes in a patient’s behavior. As a volunteer manager and a former psychiatric nurse with 40 years of experience, Catherine Chua knows how to put both patients and volunteers at ease.

President George H. W. Bush Recalls Nelson Mandela’s Vision, Wisdom and Devotion

This week, shortly before Nelson Mandela’s death, President George H. W. Bush, Points of Light's founder, praised the South African leader for his “grace and dignity.” Bush, the first American president to host Mandela at the White House, recalled for the Huffington Post his memories of meeting Mandela.

Who Made the List?

Today, Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg announced The Civic 50 – the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation. I hope you’ll put your money where your values are and use your purchasing power to support all the companies that are doing great work in their communities.

Festive, Active and Yummy – Keep Volunteering Fun for Your Family

My husband and I are training our children to serve others thoughtfully by making it a priority to serve together. It’s challenging to find a place to serve together in our rural area, so we have worked to design service projects that we can do as a family. And the projects have happened in many shapes and sizes over the years!

From Combating Sexual Abuse to Granting Last Wishes, These Women Are Showing Their Worth

When Lauren Book was 11, her nanny began to sexually abuse her. It lasted six years. When she was in her early 20s, in 2007, Book began Lauren’s Kids, to teach children as young as 5 how to recognize signs of abuse and what to do. Last night at a ceremony in New York celebrating the 10 Women of Worth honorees of 2013, Book was announced as the National Honoree.

Changing the World `One Apple at a Time’

For my family, gleaning (collecting leftover crops) combines the best of the fall festivities – celebrating the bounty alongside the people who matter to you most – to help those who need it most.

It’s #GivingTuesday! Help generationOn and Hasbro Give $1 Million in Toys to Toys for Tots

"Parenthood" stars Max Burkholder, Xolo Maridueña and Tyree Brown and dozens of other young stars are joining generationOn, Points of Light’s youth service arm, in giving joy to kids in need this holiday season. Find out how you can join in and spread some joy.

Television Personality Maria Menounos Takes Action and Wins Daily Point of Light Award

The suffering Maria Menounos witnessed while covering the AIDS epidemic as a rookie television reporter left her determined to do more than report the news. She founded Take Action Hollywood!, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to using the power of the entertainment industry to raise awareness of society’s greatest challenges.