Press Releases

October 17, 2017

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Points of Light will award five Daily Point of Light Awards to volunteers who performed outstanding work in their communities following the devastation of recent hurricanes. The volunteers will be recognized on Oct. 21 during the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert benefitting communities hit by recent natural disasters. The volunteers will be recognized on stage with the five living former U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, NFL player Coty Sensabaugh and his wife Dominique, and wildlife advocates Jack and Suzi Hanna, will be honored for their service to others at Points of Light’s 2017 Tribute Awards at the Embassy of France on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

October 16, 2017

MCLEAN, VA – TEGNA Inc. joins forces with Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light in support of this year’s Make A Difference Day, one of the largest single days of service nationwide. Since 1992, thousands of volunteers across the U.S. have organized community projects with the single purpose of improving the lives of others.

October 5, 2017

HOUSTON – Points of Light, with support of its local affiliate Volunteer Houston, is standing up a disaster recovery team and opening a Volunteer Reception Center at Harris County Precinct One’s Finnigan Park Community Center, 4900 Providence Street, Houston, Texas 77020, where it is currently signing up volunteers to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery. The VRC provides a central location for the public to learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout the area.

September 27, 2017

ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2017) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 12 ventures selected to participate in its fall 2017 program. The ventures come from across the United States and include for-profits and nonprofits focused on access and pathways to employment to help more individuals and families succeed.

September 20, 2017

ATLANTA (September 20, 2017) - Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, has released a new report, “Inspiring and Leading in Times of Change: Insights and Best Practices from The 2017 Civic 50.” The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

July 17, 2017

ATLANTA (July 17, 2017) – The Points of Light board of directors announced today that Natalye Paquin, chief transformation officer at the Girl Scouts of the USA, has been selected as its new CEO. Paquin, who will join Points of Light in September 2017, brings extensive experience in organizational leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and a record of impact-driven results.

June 28, 2017

ATLANTA (June 28, 2017) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in SpringFour (Chicago) and The Virtual Scholarship Center (Atlanta) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both ventures are focused on financial well-being and economic mobility to help more individuals and families succeed.

June 20, 2017

SEATTLE (June 21, 2017) – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, announces the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

June 20, 2017

Seattle (June 20, 2017) – The 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service has kicked off in Seattle with a carefully crafted series of events at some of the most distinctively Seattle venues, including Benaroya Hall, the Washington State Convention Center, and select restaurants, organizations and attractions throughout the city. The gathering brings together more thank 2,000 civic leaders from all sectors and from 23 countries, including the United States, to spark new ideas, collaborations and citizen engagement.

May 25, 2017

ATLANTA (May 25, 2017) – The leadership of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, called on President Donald Trump to think about the thousands of faith and community-based organizations in every city in America before eliminating the national service infrastructure that supports those organizations.

May 15, 2017

ATLANTA (May 15, 2017) – Today, Points of Light honors Kylee McGrane, founder of A Moment of Magic, with the 6000th Daily Point of Light Award. The award was established in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush to celebrate the power of individuals to create change and improve the world. To this day, it is signed by the President and is presented by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

April 20, 2017

ATLANTA (April 20, 2017) — Points of Light, in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation and Got Your 6, celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, through volunteer recognition and service events across the country. This annual public awareness campaign celebrates the impact of volunteerism, and the power of service to bring people together to tackle tough challenges, create change, and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

March 30, 2017

ATLANTA (March 30, 2017) – Points of Light is proud to join Good Deeds Day as an official partner on this annual global day of service, which will take place Sunday, April 2, 2017. With a network of affiliates in 37 countries, including the United States, Points of Light is uniquely positioned to inspire, equip and mobilize people to “do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet.”

March 30, 2017

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — Points of Light released a new report featuring a framework to equip corporate volunteer leaders to build effective employee volunteer programs in Asia, and examples of what’s working for global and regional brands. Across Asia, the public increasingly believes that doing good should be part of a brand’s DNA, according to the 2016 Edelman Earned Brand Study. The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer shows regional leaders are also aware that employees are more motivated to perform when they see their company engaged in societal issues. The Points of Light report addresses these trends by providing practical strategies and insights on how to tailor volunteer programs to the cultural nuances of local markets.

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