Collecting warm coats for those in need sounds like a blast from the past, an age-old concept straight from a Charles Dickens novel. But from commuter station coat drives to urban community gardens, savvy organizations around the world – like Hands On London, Jersey Cares, Romaltruista and Volunteer New York – are cooking up new ways to button down the practice of help those in need.
On International Volunteer Day, Points of Light is recognizing volunteers in communities around the world who answer the call to serve, every day and especially in times of need. However, for most of us this is a day like any other. What we at Points of Light are seeing in neighborhoods across the 35 countries where our global network operates, is a dramatic awakening and proliferation of changemaking. Hundreds of thousands of individuals doing something to brighten their communities.
In São Paulo, Brazil, André Cervi – cofounder of our affiliate Atados – is inspired by individuals and nonprofits that continually innovate to achieve greater impact in their communities. Atados connects people who want to volunteer in social and environmental causes to nonprofits who need their help.
In Paris, France, Stéphanie Andrieux – founder and president of our affiliate Benenova – is motivated by people. Inspired by her experience as a volunteer and board member of HandsOn Bay Area, Stéphanie launched Benenova in 2013 with a mission to make it easier for citizens to take action to change the world around them.