Press Releases

November 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 3, 2011)—Today, nonprofit, corporate and government leaders will gather to mark a major milestone for A Billion + Change—a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based and pro bono volunteer services to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively meet community needs.
October 13, 2011
Washington, D.C. - In response to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, the entertainment industry’s Inter-Guild Joining Forces Task Force today released new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey.
October 12, 2011
Atlanta, October 12, 2011 Points of Light Institute today formally installed a medallion at The Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C., celebrating the life and service of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP. The Extra Mile is the only national monument created and dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism and America’s belief in the power of individuals to make a different in the world.
October 7, 2011
Atlanta, Oct. 7, 2011 — Points of Light has added four new members to its Board of Directors, all of whom bring a history of civic involvement and strong points of view on how to help people use their time, talent, voice and resources to create change in their communities. The newly appointed members of the Points of Light Board of Directors are:
September 29, 2011
NEW YORK CITY – September 29, 2011 – Today, in his third annual “Back-to-School” address, President Barack Obama called on students across the country to put their passion, ideas and energy into action to help bring America back to the top. He encouraged this generation to make their mark now on the issues that matter most to them. In his speech, the President cited three high school students that have made extraordinary accomplishments including generationOn Youth Advisory Council member Jake Bernstein, a 17 year-old student from St.
September 11, 2011
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Rekindles Spirit of Unity NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2011 -- Millions of Americans across the country are expected to observe today's 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by engaging in charitable service and good deeds, answering the call of the spirited "I Will" campaign launched this summer with the goal of organizing the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors, and all those who rose in service in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
September 7, 2011
In the Wake of Hurricane Irene, East Coast Showcases Importance of Being Prepared for Emergency Situations
September 7, 2011
ATLANTA – Sept. 7, 2011 – One of the goals of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is to create a permanent and positive legacy rekindling the spirit of unity that existed immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and honoring the 9/11 victims, heroes and all those who rose in service in response to the terrorist attacks that changed our nation.
August 15, 2011
NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2011 – In a drive to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in observance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed (, a leading 9/11 nonprofit organization, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, today launched an inspiring national public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
August 9, 2011
New York, August 9 — From aiding Haiti earthquake survivors to feeding the hungry in local communities to educating peers about environmental issues, young people across the country are helping to shape their communities — and the world —t hrough service. Fifteen of these young heroes have been named to PARADE’s 2011 All-America Service Team, announced in this Sunday’s issue.
August 2, 2011
ATLANTA – Aug. 1, 2011 – HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, announced today the awarding of 20 mini-grants to nonprofit organizations, partners and civic groups to mobilize volunteers for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
June 9, 2011
New Orleans, June 8, 2011 – Points of Light Institute celebrated Champions of Inspiration during the closing session of the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.
June 9, 2011
New Orleans, June 8, 2011 – More than 4,000 leaders from the service sector came together this week to share solutions, best practices and lessons for achieving greater community impact at the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) in New Orleans. Building on the excitement and momentum in New Orleans, it was announced today the 2012 conference will be held in Chicago.
June 8, 2011
New Orleans, June 7, 2011 – Points of Light Institute today honored three companies for their extraordinary employee volunteer efforts to address and solve community challenges. Cisco, IBM and McKesson each received a 2011 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for building strong and effective volunteer programs that build healthy communities and provide a better quality of life for residents.
June 6, 2011
ATLANTA – June 6, 2011 – The volunteer sector is evolving rapidly with dramatic changes in how people live, work and interface with technology and therefore how and why people engage. To keep up with these changes, HandsOn Network has launched a focused investment strategy called the Innovation Hub initiative. The goal of the initiative is to help HandsOn Network affiliates stay on the cutting edge of innovation, creating new ways to connect with individuals and create change.