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 Memphis, Tennessee, Andrea Hill – director of our affiliate Volunteer Memphis – prepares and mobilizes leaders to work together for the good of the whole community, with an emphasis on volunteerism and an understanding of the differences and similarities between volunteer and community leadership.
In Seattle, Ben Reuler, executive director of our affiliate Seattle Works, is committed to helping millennials who are new to the city build community through volunteering. We spoke with Ben to learn more about what inspires him, how Seattle Works is shaping the future of volunteering locally, and why he is excited about “trust-based volunteerism.”
Jen Nash joined the HandsOn Network team 11 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina devastated her home town of New Orleans. She started as part of the disaster response team, supporting brand new Points of Light affiliates HandsOn Gulf Coast and HandsOn New Orleans. Jen now serves as senior director of affiliate corporate engagement in our Atlanta office, leading a team of corporate activation managers working with Points of Light’s affiliate network and our corporate partners. While her role within the organization has changed, her commitment to volunteerism and New Orleans remains the same.