Press Releases

April 21, 2011
ATLANTA – April 21, 2011 – HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute in the United States, announced today that it is activating two grants from The UPS Foundation designed to support its affiliates in areas directly impacted by the Gulf oil spill and build its capacity in the U.S. and internationally.
April 7, 2011
2011 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY HONOREES Neighborhood gives back for an amazing 19th year - Rochester Hills, Mich.
April 7, 2011
Contacts: Anne O’Neill Points of Light Institute 404-844-5360 Kate Nolan Clemens Newman’s Own, Inc. 860-657-0600 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMERICANS HONORED FOR CREATING CHANGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES 2011 Make A Difference Day Awards Highlight Volunteer Leadership
April 7, 2011
Media Contact:
Anne O’Neill Points of Light Institute Office: 404-844-5360


President Barack Obama Issuing Proclamation for National Volunteer Week
February 22, 2011
Points of Light Institute, Honorary Chair President William J. Clinton, President George W. Bush, President James Carter Jr., among others, will honor his historic leadership in America's voluntary service movement during a very special event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
February 14, 2011

Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey to Create Musical Collaboration to Celebrate the Power of People to Make Change in the World

All-star cast from different music genres will come together during Grammy’s to produce song

January 13, 2011

Follow the Leader!  HandsOn Network Launches Interactive Campaign to Channel Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Energy


December 22, 2010
Points of Light Institute announces it has plans to acquire All for Good—the leader in service discovery across the social graph. Founded in 2009, All for Good is an open source database of volunteer opportunities, aggregating content from a wide range of partners and distributing these listings on as well as across the Internet via its free API.
December 16, 2010

For Each Pledge Made, Hasbro Is Donating a Toy to a Child in Need
This Holiday Season through Toys for Tots

November 18, 2010
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year.

October 27, 2010
Atlanta (October 27, 2010) - The world's largest game of virtual tag launches today on, harnessing the power of social networks to inspire people to create positive change in their communities. HandsOn Network has created the game, which includes more than $25,000 in cash awards for top-tagging participants and their favorite charities.

September 21, 2010
ATLANTA (September 20, 2010) – Points of Light Institute has announced it will mobilize 500,000 volunteer leaders as its contribution toward the goals of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Points of Light’s commitment, to be announced at the CGI annual meeting this week, will be in the form of the Get HandsOn Campaign, a 3-year effort to inspire and mobilize 500,000 volunteer leaders to create positive change in their communities, particularly in the areas of education, the environment, the economy, and emergency preparedness and recovery.

August 9, 2010
Global Ambassador of Youth Award recognizes her decades of work to inspire and mobilize young people to change their communities in meaningful ways

Atlanta (August 6, 2010) - Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network, is receiving the inaugural Global Ambassador of Youth Award tonight from the New Look Foundation, founded by Usher Raymond IV. The award will be presented in Atlanta at a star-studded gala, whose honorary co-chairs are Usher and former President William Clinton.

July 23, 2010
New National Partnership Will Revitalize Learning Environments And Help Support Dropout Prevention Efforts

ATLANTA (July 22, 2010) – HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute and the largest volunteer network in the nation, is partnering with Fidelity Investments ®, one of the world's largest providers of financial services, to help revitalize the learning environments in 11 middle schools across the United States.

July 2, 2010
ATLANTA (June 17, 2010) – As corporations and citizens struggle with continuing crucial challenges in education, the economy, and the environment, Points of Light Institute is honoring four companies and a business volunteer council for their extraordinary employee volunteer efforts to solve community problems. AT&T, Campbell Soup Company, Intel Corporation, and Old National Bank will each receive the 2010 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for building strong and effective volunteer programs to improve the communities where they operate.