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December 1, 2009
With the economy struggling to recover and our soldiers still battling in two wars, this Thanksgiving will be the bleakest in years in some ways.

So it's very gratifying to report that one bright ray of relief is piercing the gloom. There's been a remarkable surge in the past year in the number of generous souls volunteering to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and otherwise assist nonprofit groups that serve the needy in our region.

November 30, 2009
As we enter this holiday time from Thanksgiving to New Year's, don't forget to include our next generation in this annual time for self-reflection, gratitude, giving and resolutions.

My holiday season just began with a great kickoff -- Children for Children and Blue Smoke collaborated for a 4th Annual Fall Family FUNraiser. At this free volunteer event,
November 24, 2009
With the economy struggling to recover and our soldiers still battling in two wars, this Thanksgiving will be the bleakest in years in some ways.

So it's very gratifying to report that one bright ray of relief is piercing the gloom. There's been a remarkable surge in the past year in the number of generous souls volunteering to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and otherwise assist nonprofit groups that serve the needy in our region.

November 20, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Constitution Center Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed David Eisner, former Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to serve as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center. Eisner succeeds Linda E. Johnson, a member of the Center's Board of Trustees, who has served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since the Board began its national search in January 2009.

November 16, 2009
Phoenix Make a Difference DayCities are in a bind. The recent NLC report on City Fiscal Conditions in 2009 noted that nine out of 10 cities face significant shortfalls in the coming year. In this climate, it is easy to think in “deficit mentality.” However, many cities are tapping into a reservoir of human capital — volunteers — to continue delivering services and driving economic recovery.
October 27, 2009
A surge in service in the U.S. has handed the giving sector the huge job of gearing itself to match its needs with those of volunteers.

And as government shifts its investment and role in engaging volunteers, a critical task will be to better match volunteer resources with the urgent social needs facing our communities.

That is the perspective of Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Institute, an organization created by then-President George H.W. Bush to boost volunteerism.

October 20, 2009
Volunteerism in the United States has jumped 33 percent since 1989, according to Points of Light Institute, from about one in every five Americans to more than one in every four participating last year.

That's 23 million more people chipping in, for a total of nearly 62 million nationwide.

October 20, 2009

This piece originally ran Oct. 15, 2009 in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

October 14, 2009
Demand, idealism and presidential impact are leading American volunteerism to its third and most important stage - the movement of service to a central role in our national priorities. Boomers and teens are leading a record surge in overall volunteering even as millions of Americans are unemployed, homeless or hungry, and longer-term economic and social challenges mount.

September 25, 2009
"The Way We Get By," Acclaimed Documentary About the Famous Troop Greeters of Bangor, Maine, to Screen on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

As part of President Obama's United We Serve initiative, the USO, Operation Homefront and HandsOn Network are proud to present the highly acclaimed POV (Point of View) documentary The Way We Get By at a special Capitol Hill screening, followed by Q&A with filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. Introductory remarks by Dr. Jill Biden.
September 1, 2009
Volunteers from around the nation helped to build a new playground in Philadelphia during the spring of 1997. As part of the Presidents' Summit For America's Future, a who's who of national figures took part in service projects all along Germantown Avenue: four living presidents, then-Vice President Al Gore, former first lady Nancy Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell, among others.

August 5, 2009
Volunteering as a Fashion Statement
NPT Power & Influence honorees show how community service can power a nation

Service is the new black. It’s so fashionable that those leading the national service movement have packed the catwalk of The 2009 NPT Power & Influence Top 50. Whether it’s military conscription, stipended service or traditional volunteering, community building is the core of the sector these days.

June 29, 2009
I caught up today with Neil Bush, the chairman of the board of the Points of Light Institute and the son of former president George H.W. Bush. He told me that he deeply admires the personal commitment to service that President Obama and his wife, Michelle, have made and he's particularly tickled that the president is using his "bully pulpit" to call Americans to action. "My dad used his presidency in the same way," Bush said, and indeed it was the first President Bush who coined the term "points of light" and connected it to volunteerism.
June 24, 2009
Deloitte Earns 2009 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for Exemplary Workplace Volunteer Program CSRwire.com — SAN FRANCISCO, CA - June 24, 2009 - Deloitte, one of the world's leading professional services organizations, will be honored today with the Points of Light Institute's prestigious Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence. The award will be presented during the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service in San Francisco. Mark Edmunds, Deloitte LLP vice chairman and Pacific Northwest regional managing partner, will accept the honor on behalf of Deloitte.
June 24, 2009
Five Companies Recognized for Workplace Volunteer Programs with 2009 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence

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