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Apr. 14

Recognize a Community Changemaker with a Daily Point of Light Award

Tyson Gersh cofounded the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to address the lack of access to fresh food in urban neighborhoods. The initiative engages community members as volunteers on the farm. "The experience of taking ownership and changing the world around you is really empowering," said Tyson, who received a Daily Point of Light Award in 2015.
Tyson Gersh cofounded the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to address the lack of access to fresh food in urban neighborhoods, engaging community members as volunteers on the farm. "The experience of taking ownership and changing the world around you is really empowering," said Tyson, who received a Daily Point of Light Award in 2015.
 

April showers, warm temperatures and the return of baseball season all mean one thing – spring is here and volunteer recognition season is in full swing. Beginning on April 23, National Volunteer Week is 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. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference. In the spirit of this season of recognition, there’s never been a better time to honor a volunteer you know by nominating them for the Daily Point of Light Award.

With nearly 6,000 winners so far, the Daily Point of Light Award celebrates the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world. Whether it’s a mom leading a homegrown disaster relief drive or an athlete wielding their celebrity for good instead of goods – a Daily Point of Light embraces the challenge of tackling a community need through service.

Meet some recent Daily Point of Light Award honorees:

In the midst of a brutal civil war, Chicago doctors Samer Attar, John Kahler and Zaher Sahloul traveled to Syria with the Syrian America Medical Society to help save civilian lives. During their stay the doctors served in a hospital called M10, which was operating underground after being bombed three times. The facility has since been completely destroyed.

High school student Natalie Hampton created the Sit With Us app, which allows students to identify themselves as “ambassadors” and create open lunch tables. Students who face bullying and eating lunch alone can check the app to find a welcoming lunch table, walk over and sit down, no questions asked.

When Rita Tehan was 14, her father lost his vision. She began watching TV with him to describe what was happening. Rita built on that experience as an adult, becoming a volunteer with the Metropolitan Washington Ear, where she has spent the last 25 years describing plays to provide a theater experience for the blind and visually impaired.

The Daily Point of Light Award was first established by President George H.W. Bush, and continues to be awarded each weekday by Points of Light. Honorees are formally recognized by Points of Light and receive a certificate signed by President Bush.

Nominate someone for the Daily Point of Light Award today or read more stories of changemakers who are improving their communities.

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