Blog Archive

Blog Archive

The Spirit of Art and Activism: An Inspirational Closing at the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service

Music, passion and social entrepreneurship dominated the closing plenary of the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, punctuating three days that brought nearly 3,000 attendees and speakers together to share and learn from one another as we unite in service to shape the future of our communities, and our world.

Yara Shahidi Uses Her Star Power to Inspire and Create Change

For some celebrities, actuating social change is just another responsibility that comes with the trade. For 16-year-old Yara Shahidi, rising star of the hit ABC TV sitcom, “Black-ish,” engaging in social change is simply part of her DNA.

Conference on Volunteering and Service Attendees Fill Backpacks with Supplies for Students in Detroit Metro Area

Attendees participated in the General Motors Service Project throughout the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, packing 5,000 backpacks in support of the students of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. The backpacks, each containing school supplies and healthy snacks, will be distributed to K-12 students during United Way for Southeastern Michigan's Meet Up and Eat Up events.

Agents of Purpose, from Detroit and Around the World, Headline Conference Sessions

“Consumers want the companies, the brands they are loyal to, to be agents of purpose,” said Points of Light CEO, Tracy Hoover, as she opened the Business Track at the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, celebrating corporate changemakers who are inspiring the next generation of purpose-driven organizations.

Announcing the 2016 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year

At the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service today, Points of Light honored the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County as 2016 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year for serving as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting businesses that support employee volunteerism.

Fireworks Light Up the Detroit Waterfront at 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service

Spectacular fireworks, an annual event celebrating Independence Day (U.S.) and Canada Day, capped the first day of the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit on Monday. Attendees at the Welcome Celebration, sponsored by Coca-Cola, enjoyed a riverfront view.

Conference Opener Calls for Change, Compassion, Innovation

Bold calls to changemakers, building the capacity of nonprofits, and a vision for the future where one’s status is based more on earned reputation than credit rating – the opening day of the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service served up a robust slate of speakers, workshops, and a plenary session that found Lonnie Ali, Muhammad Ali’s widow, telling the rapt audience, “The soul of a nation is measured by the goodness of its people.”

How Changemakers are Putting America Back Together – Starting in Detroit

Today, many of the greatest minds in business, nonprofit, and government will come together, as they do every year at the Conference on Volunteering and Service, to immerse themselves in a festival of ideas and to foster creativity in solving some of our most pressing challenges. 

ServiceWorks Motors into Detroit with a Skill-Building Bootcamp for City’s Youth

Few cities make a better place for ServiceWorks—a youth development program from Points of Light, the Citi Foundation and AmeriCorps—to step outside its original 10-city footprint (for the first time ever) than Detroit. 

Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Time and Experience to Inspire Action Against Bigotry, Hatred, and Violence

When 89-year-old Lorie Mayer looks around the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, she sees not only the hundreds of mementos and artifacts that she and other volunteers so carefully gathered and framed 15 years ago when they helped get the museum off the ground, but also reminders of her own story — and what might have been.

How One Hero is Creating Waterfalls of Change

Six years ago, Carter Jimenez Jenkins was looking at a website called Blue Planet Run and saw a photo essay about people who were living without access to safe water. Carter was shocked and knew he needed to take action.

After Overcoming Anorexia, She Created Project HEAL to Help People with Eating Disorders Afford Treatment

“I used to measure every bit of food to control my calories,” says Liana Rosenman of New York, a recovered anorexic who helps people with eating disorders get the help they need. “Now I measure success by living my dream of becoming a teacher and by helping others succeed.”

Helping Caregivers of Combat Wounded Veterans Face Their Own Battles on the Homefront

When Joey Caswell’s husband, Charlie, was severely wounded in Iraq in June 2005 from a multiple IED blast, the impact on her as a U.S. Army spouse and mother was profound as well. When he returned home on his 30th birthday, he looked healed on the outside but, internally, he battled constant back pain, major depression, and PTSD.

ServiceWorks Scholars Join Citi Volunteers for Global Community Day

A key pillar of Points of Light’s ServiceWorks program is using volunteerism as a pathway to college and career readiness. And there aren’t many better opportunities for program participants to gain firsthand experience and exposure to the value of service than Citi’s Global Community Day. 

Teen Helps Other Kids Find Their Avenue for Giving Back

At age 4, Aidan Thomas Hornaday already knew what most people don’t figure out until adulthood – it’s never too early to give back. “Aidan told me he wanted to be a difference maker,” said his mother Toren Anderson. “He said he believed children shouldn’t wait until they are 18 to make a difference.”

Delivering on Our Commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative

A STEM major in college and now the mother of two girls passionate about science, you could say that Sandy Marshall knows a little bit about the challenges of getting more girls and women interested in STEM careers. That’s precisely why, in 2011, she started Project Scientist, a nonprofit that educates, coaches, and advocates for girls and women with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM.

Corporate Service Council Asia Meeting: A New Era of Corporate Engagement

More than 60 leaders in corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and volunteerism convened in Hong Kong on May 25, 2016, for the Points of Light Corporate Service Council Asia Meeting. Excitement in the air was palpable, as attendees explored opportunities for accelerating the impact of corporate citizenship in Asia.

Fostering a Lifelong Commitment to Equality and Social Justice

To Cami Anderson, social justice for at risk youth is personal. “My passion for equity and service relates directly to my parents,” she says. “They had three children and adopted nine. Most of my siblings were considered ‘hard to place’ because of a broken child welfare system that doesn’t value kids of color, older kids, or kids with mental and physical health challenges.”

Creating Opportunities for Syrians Amidst Chaos: How One Young Woman is Making a Difference

To most people, Syria is a distant country caught in the crossfire of a horrific civil war. But to Rose Farah, 18, Syria is like a second home, a place she summered with grandparents and cousins, a country of tradition, warmth and family. Farah was 13 when the war broke out, a tragic turn of events that changed her world and separated her from family and loved ones.

Honoring a World Champion Changemaker

The Points of Light family sends our deepest condolences to Muhammad Ali’s family and loved ones on the passing of a world champion humanitarian, changemaker and a bright point of light in our world. Throughout his life, he used his voice and his platform as a political and social activist for issues that were profoundly personal to him at a time when taking a public stand as an athlete was unheard of and even detrimental to his career.

Superheroes Aren't Only in the Movies: How One Caped Crusader Makes a Difference for the Homeless

When 9-year-old Ewan Drum puts on his cape, this mild mannered fourth grader can leap tall social problems in a single bound. “It started two years ago when me and my family were in Detroit driving somewhere to eat and I saw a homeless person on the street and I wanted to help them.”