Blog Archive

Blog Archive

6 Ways to Volunteer in the City

Amidst the hustle and bustle of big cities, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the traditional sense of community that brings us together. Cities face their own unique challenges, and in turn offer a vast number of opportunities for service-minded city dwellers to get involved and improve their local communities through volunteerism. Here are some ideas to get your started:

Boston Cares and Hands On Atlanta Face Off in Points of Light’s 2nd Annual “Super Bowl of Service”

As we head into Super Bowl LI, I find myself pretty excited that the Atlanta Falcons are going to Houston to face the New England Patriots. Since Points of Light is headquartered in Atlanta, I may watch more than the commercials this year. Although I may be a bit biased, I take my job as “Commissioner” of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network seriously – and it’s time for the 2nd annual “Super Bowl of Service.”

Points of Light Community Shares Well Wishes and Messages of Gratitude for President and Mrs. Bush

More than 25 years ago, our founder President George H. W. Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award to celebrate ordinary people making an extraordinary difference in their communities through volunteer service. Today, nearly 6,000 individuals and organizations have been recognized for their efforts to spark change and improve the world.

Community's Child Provides Transition Support to Women and Children Moving Out of Shelters

From a young age, Tara Nierenhausen would bring “puppies, kittens, and people in need” home. “I was born with it,” she said. “I’ve just always cared. I see the good in people and I want to bring the good out in people.” This spirit and passion has followed her throughout her career, which she said is no longer just a career but her whole life.

Project Managers Answer MLK Day Call to Service in Washington, D.C., Area

“Dr. King calls on us to be drum majors for change … we are the doers in this room, you are the drum majors for change,” said Jenny Lawson, executive director of the Points of Light Corporate Institute, as she delivered opening remarks at the third annual DC Regional Project Management Day of Service, hosted by Project Management for Change.

On Martin Luther King Day, What are You Doing For Others?

In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed the idea that “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” As we kick of 2017, millions of Americans will come together over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service and civic dialogue.

Be a Drum Major for Good on MLK Day

On Jan. 16, millions of volunteers will come together for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, to honor the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to the service of others. As we kick off 2017, MLK Day is an important opportunity for Americans to unite through service.

Volunteer Reader Brings the Theatre to Life for Visually Impaired Patrons

As the theater lights dim, music turns on and actors start moving onto the stage, most audience members would fix their eyes onto the stage. But the blind or visually-impaired patrons don’t fix their eyes on the stage. Rather, they focus their ears on their headphones to listen to Rita Tehan’s voice describing everything happening onstage.