Press Releases

November 16, 2012
From the latest micro-volunteering strategies to leveraging the technical expertise of food industry giants, companies in the Twin Cities and across the country are redefining the future of corporate service through pro bono volunteering. On Nov. 16, A Billion + Change will recognize Twin Cities businesses leading social change through pro bono service at a breakfast and panel discussion at the Mall of America.
November 15, 2012

Children are holding bake sales and penny drives. Teens are loading heavy supplies on an assembly line. Families are adopting families through virtual volunteering. People of all ages are working hard to help those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Families across the country can join efforts to help those most in need on Family Volunteer Day, taking place Nov. 17. For more than two decades, Family Volunteer Day has been held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season with giving and service.

November 13, 2012
Points of Light and Village Capital today launched the first start-up accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures that inspire, equip or mobilize people to create positive change. Teams from 10 start-ups will gather this week in Atlanta for the start of an intensive 12-week boot camp focused on mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking. Each start-up has received a $10,000 investment. Two of the most promising ventures – as determined by the entrepreneurs themselves – will win $50,000 investments at the end of the 12 weeks.
November 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 8, 2012   The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, today announced the results of The Civic 50. IBM, Citi, and AT&T, Inc. take top honors in the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

November 7, 2012

What: Exelis Action Corps, the employee volunteer service program of McLean-based Exelis Inc., will hold its inaugural service event in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, November 9, 2012. The event will be hosted in collaboration with Final Salute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe and suitable housing for female veterans.

October 22, 2012
McLean, Va. – With two weeks to go before the election, millions of Americans can agree on one issue: They will take action to improve the nation on Make A Difference Day, Saturday October 27. Sponsored by Gannett’s USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, the nation’s largest mobilizer of volunteers, the annual Make A Difference Day inspires millions of Americans to volunteer in service to their neighbors and communities. Thousands of projects are planned involving corporations, communities, non-profit organizations, states and individual Americans. Gannett is leading volunteer projects all across the country. Those projects are funded by $500,000 in grants from The Gannett Foundation. HandsOn Network Action Centers nationwide are also leading projects.
October 15, 2012

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Building on the momentum of World Food Day this October, A Billion + Change and CSRwire are organizing a free webinar to spotlight the innovative ways that businesses are helping to fight hunger and support food security at home and in developing countries through skills-based volunteering.
October 11, 2012
Business4Better (B4B) today announces its nonprofit partners, B Lab, Points of Light and Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Each partner has an established track record and earned a leadership role in promoting the B4B mission of enabling successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships that have a positive societal impact on communities. These three organizations join OneOC, previously announced as a B4B nonprofit partner.
October 9, 2012
Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service (home to AmeriCorps) and a coalition of more than 55 veteran and military service organizations, nonprofits and government agencies from across the country today launched the Community Blueprint – a national initiative to support the reintegration of returning military service members, veterans and their families. 
October 3, 2012
Scholastic Media , a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing, education and media company, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light and largest volunteer network in the nation, announced today the winners of its fourth annual 'BE BIG In Your Community Contest,' a signature program of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!™ campaign.
October 1, 2012
Points of Light and BoardSource are proud to announce the launch of the Board Member of the Month Award, which will honor outstanding individuals for their commitment to advancing the public good through exceptional nonprofit board leadership. “The leadership of board members is critical to the effectiveness of nonprofits. Their personal commitment to the organization’s mission makes them important advocates for the cause and multiplies the organization’s message and connection to the community,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light. “By recognizing the impact board members make through their work, we hope to inspire others to use their time, talent, voice and money for a cause close to their heart.”
October 1, 2012
A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based volunteer and pro bono services from corporate America by 2013, will recognize several companies for their pro bono leadership at an event titled “Envisioning the Future of Corporate Service: A Discussion on Corporate Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteerism.” The event will take place Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the California Endowment, and will honor visionary companies including Bank of America, Deloitte, Experian, Mattel and PIMCO.
August 31, 2012
Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Louisiana coast on Aug. 28, bringing high winds and severe flooding, leaving more than 800,000 without power. As residents along the Gulf coast assess the damage, Volunteer Louisiana, Mississippi Service Commission, Points of Light and its HandsOn Network affiliates have activated to assess volunteer needs and opportunities to support recovery in the area. “As Isaac continues to move inland, HandsOn Network affiliates and our partner organizations are working to determine how we can best assist with local recovery efforts,” said Kellie Bentz, Points of Light director of disaster services. “Volunteers will play an important role in the coming weeks.”
August 23, 2012

More than 3,500 individuals – including first responders, veterans and the business community – will join together in Mobile, Ala., on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance to support those who protect us in times of emergency and learn the best ways to help the community prepare for a disaster. Points of Light is supporting this effort, and thousands of others across the country, to honor those lost and those who rose in service after the 2001 attacks.

August 7, 2012
After a nationwide search, generationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light, brought together 14 young people from across the nation who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their commitment to philanthropy to form the 2012-2014 generationOn Youth Advisory Council, the second Council to serve since generationOn launched in October 2010. These young leaders embody generationOn’s vision of developing young people into creative problem-solvers, allowing them to experience their power and potential to become global leaders through service in their communities.

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