Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Volunteering Can Lead to Greater Economic Opportunity for Youth

A new report released this week by Opportunity Nation, with support from the Citi Foundation, provides fresh and compelling evidence that certain types of civic engagement predict positive outcomes for at-risk and low income youth and the economic health of states.

Daily Point of Light Award Goes to Golfer Bringing Joy and Strength to Vets on the Green

Meet Mark Burke, today's Daily Point of Light Award winner, who uses his skills as a golf pro to help veterans become more socially and physically active. He and today’s UK Point of Light joint awardees – Tristan Crew and Zeno Gomes – will work together from across the Atlantic to develop their own volunteering and encourage others to volunteer.

What’s in Your Disaster Kit? Do You Have One?

Emily and Jim Weigel, whose Salt Lake City, Utah, house was destroyed by fire, learned that though they can’t predict when disaster will strike, there are things they can do to prevent harm and minimize headache. To help Utahns and others around the country prepare for disasters, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light have paired up to present a 14-city preparedness tour, which stopped in Salt Lake City recently.

Her Nanny Sexually Abused Her – Now She’s Speaking Out for Abused Children

When Lauren Book was 11, her nanny started routinely sexually abusing her. Book was ashamed and embarrassed, but eventually she found the courage to tell a friend and a guidance counselor what was happening. As an adult, Book created Lauren's Kids to advocate for stronger sexual abuse laws and to develop curricula for school children aimed at stopping sexual abuse.

Can You Listen? This Might Be the Right Volunteer Activity for You

I still think about the conversations I had as a volunteer for a crisis hotline. I remember a caller making peace with a life-changing decision he had to make. I remember his calmness despite his knowledge of the rough road ahead. I remember a girl who happily read me a poem she had written; the hopefulness and optimism of her words in contrast to the sadness of her past.

Here’s a Way to Use Your Volunteers More Strategically

Three years ago, Feeding America San Diego was at a turning point. The local volunteer center had closed, which meant a loss of volunteer team leaders who facilitated food packing projects along with fewer referrals of individuals and corporate groups. I knew the power of volunteers, but our food bank had limited internal resources to make up for the gap. The Service Enterprise Initiative gave us strategies that worked.

Made in AmeriCorps

Do you know any ruthless optimists? You know, the friends who just won’t take no for an answer and instead organize the best food drive you’ve ever seen? Know any rugged idealists, who can make a fundraiser out of nothing in no time to support disaster relief efforts? If you know folks like these, you probably know humble, hard-working AmeriCorps alums.

11 Words That Are Transforming America

The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step – but for more than 900,000 AmeriCorps alumni, the journey of a lifetime of service began with 11 words from a powerful pledge. “I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.”

Vice President Joe Biden Joins Points of Light on 9/11 Day of Service to Pay Tribute to First Responders

As volunteers gathered today – the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance – at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden stopped by to thank them, encourage them and join them in honoring first responders. “What you’re doing matters to them,” he told the volunteers. “The recognition matters.”

9/11 Made Counterterrorism ‘a More Pressing Priority’ for the Nation and for These Volunteers

The Lint Center for National Security Studies offers a mentoring program that connects people interested in pursuing careers in national service with professionals in the U.S. intelligence field. More than 200 mentors – seasoned practitioners in their field – volunteer through the center to show younger people how they can serve in the intelligence community.

Financial Crisis Leads Volunteers to Act

In the last couple of years and since the financial crisis in Greece started, we have seen Greek civil society expanding. New nongovernmental organizations have sprung out, the majority fighting poverty and social inequality.

Reflections on 9/11: Faced With Adversity, I Will Persevere

It's impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on Sept. 11, 2001 when I saw my friend brutally murdered as her plane slammed into the World Trade Center. I was a year into working as an analyst at a global hospitality consulting firm, but I returned home to serve in AmeriCorps. At a time of sadness and shock, my service with AmeriCorps taught me how to fight for a better world.

She Lost Her 2-Year-Old Boy to Cancer and Is Helping Parents of Sick Kids Navigate the Same Struggle

When Lori Lee’s son, Folden, was battling leukemia, family members would ask him each day how he felt. His answer was always, “Me fine!” At age 2, Folden lost his 15-month fight with the disease. In his memory, Lee started the Me Fine Foundation. The foundation provides resources and financial assistance to families with children in treatment at local hospitals.

As NATO Meets, a Cross-Atlantic Pair of Young Volunteers Honored for Work Benefiting Military Families

Yesterday, as NATO leaders convened outside the Welsh capital of Cardiff to deal with terrorism and war, a second extraordinary meeting took place nearby. For the first time ever, the UK government and Points of Light arranged to award a pair of Daily Point of Light Awards to two extraordinary young ladies in recognition of their volunteer efforts to benefit military families.

Reclaim the Legacy of 9/11 by Volunteering – Here's Something Anyone Can Do

What are you doing for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance? Read this guest post from Jane Cosco, executive director of Operation Goody Bag, to learn about a simple way to help. And check out All for Good to search for volunteer projects near you. (If you're in the Washington, D.C., area, join Points of Light for a special service project.)

Daily Point of Light Award Goes to Teen Helping Kids in Military Families Cope – Through Poetry

Growing up the daughter of two Army officers, 18-year-old Michaela Coplen had to start over every time her family moved, and she struggled during her parents’ frequent deployments. But she found a remedy and set out to share it. “I knew that I wanted to help alleviate these feelings in other military kids by introducing them to what I eventually found to be the most fulfilling and effective outlet – poetry,” she says.

Could You Put Your Skills to Good Use Like This Volunteer?

When Rose Joseph began volunteering at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens, Mass., about five years ago, she started as a food distributor helping clients shop for food in the pantry. It was a great way to help, but she found that she could do more good by putting her professional skills to use.