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.
President George H. W. Bush
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The opening plenary of the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston resonated with thoughts on how to think about service in new and innovative ways, as Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover issued the call to “mobilize every person in the world to be a change maker.” It recognized the great potential for change, as when Congressman Joaquin Castro told attendees, “The beauty of America is that there is an infrastructure of opportunity that helps us get where we want to go in life.”
Twenty-five years ago President George H. W. Bush, Points of Light’s founder, created the Daily Point of Light Award to celebrate individuals who are making a difference in their communities – and their world – through volunteer service. Today, in recognition of his 91st birthday, we want to honor him with just one small example of how his vision for this award has changed and continues to change lives around the country.
One encourages kids to read to his dogs. Another wraps books as birthday presents. In ways that are meaningful to them, they are helping our nation’s children learn to read. First Book and Points of Light today announced that five such volunteers from across the country – all dedicated to improving literacy in their communities – will receive the Daily Point of Light Award.