Blog Archive

Blog Archive

From Door-to-Door Pleas at Age 5 to Her Own Foundation Getting Kids to Volunteer

Laura Grace Henry of Prattville, Ala., began volunteering when she was just 5, when she heard about the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The organization raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now she's got her own foundation that encourages other kids to volunteer.

Memories of Hurricane Sandy and Recent Floods Bring Long Islanders Out to Prepare

The Popps of East Rockaway, N.Y., thought they were prepared for Hurricane Sandy – they had moved their cars to higher ground, had flashlights, candles, food and water on hand. But that wasn't enough. See how the Allstate Foundation and Points of Light is helping people line up what they need in the event of a disaster.

Thirteen for Thirteen: Reflections on Hands On Manila’s 13th Birthday

I joined the Hands On Manila family in April, fresh from a two-year sabbatical in graduate school and full of ideas for how make a meaningful impact in the Philippines, where my family is originally from. I quickly learned just how powerful a small handful of individuals can be when they set their minds and hearts to do good.

These Teens Have a Remedy When `Mind, Spirit and Soul Are Forgotten’

Esha and Varun Bansal saw that whenever they played violin for their grandmother, who had cancer, the music delighted her – she had an improved outlook and less pain. The teen siblings founded MusicMDs in 2009, giving one-on-one violin performances to patients in nursing homes and hospitals near their Melbourne, Fla., home.

Volunteers Go for the Win at Turner Field

Before an Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at Turner Field, more than 300 volunteers and game-goers packed 5,000 kits full of school supplies for local teachers. The event was part of Target’s All-Star Teachers program, a celebration of the nation’s teachers, and Target’s involvement in Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service as its Official Excellence in Education sponsor.

One Candle Destroyed Everything – Teaching a Lesson About Preparing for Disaster

The door to Robbie Horwitz’s childhood home was boarded up. That was the first thing she noticed when she returned from a hiking trip to the split-level house that she shared with her mom. Then Horwitz remembered. She had left a candle burning on a table in the living room. To prevent more stories like Horwitz’s, the Allstate Foundation and Points of Light have teamed up for a 14-city tour to encourage emergency preparedness.

3 Shortcuts to Help You Survive in a New Startup

The statistics also show that 25 percent of all startups in the U.S. fail in the first year and of those remaining, 36 percent fail the second year. At Women@TheFrontier, we started thinking about these numbers and wondered what hacks could help you thrive in a notoriously challenging startup world. We researched what experts and entrepreneurs at the forefront of their industries had to say and here’s what we found.

How to Use the Energy of Young People to Get Adults Involved in the Community

The work of young volunteers at Stony Brook, a 204-unit, low-income apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., has invigorated residents, and participation in adult programming is at an all-time high in the community. The youthful enthusiasm that started it all exists in every community, no matter the size or place.

5 Days Left to Apply for Fall 2014 Civic Accelerator

Here are 5 reasons to apply to the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, which invests in and supports seed stage social ventures that solve pressing social and environmental issues by engaging people.

His School Silenced the Strings, and This Kid Took Action

Five years ago, when Ethan Cruikshank was 10, he learned that his Virginia school district was eliminating its strings program from the music curriculum. A musician himself, Ethan founded Music To My Ears, a group that recruits accomplished musicians from middle and high schools to volunteer to teach weekly music lessons to elementary school students.

New York Times Profiles Points of Light Civic Accelerator Grad

OpportunitySpace, a startup that graduated from the Points of Light Civic Accelerator last fall, got a big boost this week when the New York Times profiled its work engaging communities to drive smarter use of public land and buildings. Founded by two graduates of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, OpportunitySpace has a mission to create a public database for developers that makes it easy to access information about publicly owned buildings and land.

17 Tornadoes and a House Fire Would Get You Thinking About Getting Prepared, Too

Audrey Castro’s family takes no chances when it comes to disaster: “Everyone in our house has a flashlight on their nightstand, and they're in the bathrooms. We have gallon jugs of water in the garage, along with snacks. ... It’s just better safe than sorry.” That was the message relayed at recent disaster preparedness events in Houston and Portland, Maine. The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light have teamed up for a 14-city tour to help people around the country become better prepared for emergencies.

Look How These Volunteers Show Compassion for Young People in Their Community

Today we recognize three volunteers we learned about through the United Way of King County in Seattle, part of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network – 250 volunteer centers across the globe. In different ways, they serve young people in their community.

Kickoff of ServiceWorks Engages the Heart, While Putting Muscle Behind Service as a Solution

Three national partners – one corporate, one nonprofit, and one from the federal government – spoke to the power of service yesterday in New York at a moving ceremony kicking off ServiceWorks, a 10-city initiative designed to use service as a strategy to help 25,000 young adults develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.

How I Choose to Spend My 9-to-5

I think that I was born to serve. Who or where I’m serving is irrelevant, what is most important to me is that I am helping those who need support. Currently, I serve at the Jewish Coalition for Literacy in San Francisco increasing literacy rates in public schools, and this year has given me key resources to think about why I love serving and how I can integrate it into my life, for the rest of my life.