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4 Ways to Volunteer in Support of Girls and Women

Throughout Women’s History Month, we’ve celebrated the important contributions women changemakers have made throughout history. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change – but you don’t have to be Susan B. Anthony or Malala Yousafzai to make a difference in the lives of girls and women. Here are some ways everyone can get involved:

Fighting Hunger by Connecting Do-Gooders with People in Need

Across America, 48.8 million live in households that face hunger on a regular basis – 13 million of those people are children. Food insecurity can have a significant impact on the health and general well-being of the families affected by it – especially children, as limited access to nutritional food can stunt growth and critical brain development. Community organizations everywhere are taking action to find solutions to this public health crisis – Volunteer Alexandria, a Points of Light affiliate, is one of these organizations.

Service Dogs Bring Joy and Healing to Veterans with PTSD

Angie Pratt is the mother-in-law of a U.S. Marine who was injured in Afghanistan. That sparked Angie’s curiosity about veterans’ issues. “I came across an article about how service dogs help veterans who have physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, or traumatic brain injuries." In 2013, Angie started a new venture, Soldier On Service Dogs.

Volunteer to End Hunger in America

In America today, 1 in 8 people face hunger. It might be hard to believe that in the land of abundance, so many are in need – but hunger is a reality in our country, and it affects people from all walks of life

Why I’m Partial to the Fifth Promise

Saving the best for last, the five presidents who signed their names in a promise to America’s young people nearly 20 years ago, named opportunities to serve the fifth of five promises we must make and keep to all kids.

Employee Spotlight: Promoting Interfaith Harmony Both In and Out of the Office

Both inside and outside of work, Ruwa is a passionate advocate for bringing people together across different faiths. She takes this passion into her community as a speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, an organization that sends volunteers to schools, police departments, houses of worship, and other locations to speak to others about Islamic heritage and history to help bridge cultural gaps. We sat down with Ruwa to learn more about her involvement with this organization.

Honor the Volunteers Supporting Your Organization with a President’s Volunteer Service Award

With spring quickly approaching, so is the season for giving back to volunteers who dedicate their time to serving others. National Volunteer Week kicks off on April 23 – an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community and around the world. What better way to acknowledge a volunteer than by giving them the opportunity to have presidential recognition?

Kids and Teens Can “Make Their Mark on Hunger” Through Innovative Service Projects

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans face food scarcity? That includes 15 million kids under the age of 17 who are not getting the food they need. But kids and teens also have the power to provide solutions to hunger-related issues – which is why generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, is launching the third annual Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign.

8 Tips to Create a Good Deeds Day Project with Your Office

Good Deeds Day 2017 can happen in any office, anywhere – all it needs is you! This year we are celebrating our 11th year doing good, and we’ve more than got you covered with ideas, tools, guides and resources to make your Good Deeds Day a golden one

Building a Volunteer Nation in Panamá with Partnerships, Strategic Engagement

Imagine creating a nationwide volunteer coordination program from scratch, with no formal statistics on how many people in the country volunteer and no existing network of nonprofits towards which to direct volunteers. This was the challenge faced by Voluntarios de Panamá, a Points of Light global affiliate.

For AmeriCorps Week, Recognizing the AmeriCorps Members Supporting Points of Light’s National Service Programs

During AmeriCorps Week, we celebrate the service of 80,000 AmeriCorps members currently serving communities across the nation, and the service of more than 1 million AmeriCorps alums. As part of this celebration, Points of Light has recognized five outstanding AmeriCorps members who are serving or have served in our programs – each one receiving a Daily Point of Light Award in honor of the impact they’ve made on the communities they serve.

3 Ways to Participate in AmeriCorps Week (Even if You Haven’t Served)

In celebration of AmeriCorps Week 2017 (March 4-11), we are recognizing the impact of AmeriCorps across America. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and share stories about the impact of AmeriCorps on communities and on the lives of those who serve.

Honoring the Historic Contributions of Extraordinary Women Changemakers

The Points of Light Monument is a one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., that honors the actions and service of famous Americans who have transformed our nation and the world. During Women’s History Month, we recognize and celebrate the significant contributions that the women featured on the monument have made throughout U.S. history, honoring their achievements and the great economic, social and political causes that these points of light dedicated their lives to.

Through Strategic Volunteer Engagement, KPMG and Freeport-McMoRan Promote Youth Education

There are a variety of ways companies support education initiatives across the country, from philanthropic investments and fundraising to employee engagement activities and skills-based volunteering. For 2016 Civic 50 sector leaders KPMG and Freeport-McMoRan, investment in education translates to a firm-wide commitment and strategic business opportunity. 

New App Connects Houston Volunteers to Organizations with Immediate Needs

In the smartphone era, we are constantly searching for innovative ways to automate our lives and creating technological solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Volunteer Houston, a Points of Light Affiliate is one of many organizations joining this trend.