Tony Heath grew up watching his parents serve their community. It was a way of life. Volunteering became a way of life for him, too. He helped found the Better Living Center in Chester, a struggling city in Pennsylvania. The center – which assists low-income residents – provides food in an area with no grocery stores, helps with job searches, provides clothing, offers health education and screenings, and strives to provide individual solutions to individual challenges.
In 2011, I spotted a tweet from @iheartpgh that simply said “Like technology? Like helping nonprofits?” with a link to a blog post. The link eventually lead me to the application for HandsOn Tech, an AmeriCorps VISTA program created by Points of Light in partnership with HandsOn Network and Google. My experience as VISTA member led to a job at Google.
As Hilton Bogotá volunteers planted pine trees, repaired a basketball court, painted picnic tables and more at the nonprofit school Fundación Colegio Nueva Granada during a school day, they had an eager audience.The activities show how Hilton Worldwide brings their employees together to serve the communities in which they live, work and raise their families.
Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who showed up to help after Hurricane Sandy – and keep showing up, month after month – communities from New Jersey to Massachusetts are rebuilding, recovering and coming back together.