Press Releases

February 4, 2014

Volunteers help families complete college financial tuition aid application
and learn about in-demand skills

January 29, 2014

Inspired by President Obama and Built by Volunteers from the Craigslist Foundation, Google and Others

ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2014 – As part of its complete redesign of the popular All for Good volunteer marketplace, Points of Light today unveiled a critical advance in the staffing of volunteer-based recovery efforts after disasters.

January 27, 2014

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Invests $50,000 Each in Kindoma and IDignity and Opens Application Period for Next Round of Startups

ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2014 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator today announced it will invest $50,000 each in Kindoma and IDignity, two startups – one for-profit, one nonprofit – recommended by a unique investment committee, their social enterprise peers.  

January 24, 2014

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 24, 2014 – Through its corporate volunteer service program Exelis Action Corps, defense and aerospace company Exelis Inc. has partnered with global talent consultancy Korn Ferry and nonprofit organization Points of Light to launch the Leveraging Military Leadership Program. This leadership development and training program helps veterans apply their military experience to leadership roles in the civilian sector.

January 20, 2014

Volunteer Projects Across the Country Attract Thousands of Volunteers to Help Veterans, Active Duty Military Members and Others in Need

ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2014 – For the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, today and throughout the holiday weekend, thousands of people transformed Dr. King’s message of unity and community into hands-on volunteer service, with the help of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Points of Light.

December 23, 2013

HOUSTON, Dec. 23, 2013 – President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush today joined their son Neil, who serves as chairman of the Points of Light, to present the 5115th Daily Point of Light Award to Houston furniture salesman and icon, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale.

December 19, 2013

ATLANTA, Dec. 19, 2013 – The UPS Foundation announced today it will donate more than $2.4 million to support the volunteer efforts of nine nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on those organizations that specialize in disaster preparedness and response. This year’s volunteerism grants include a $1.2 million award to the Points of Light Foundation, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer services.

December 18, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2013 – Soldiers returning from active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq can face a range of mental health issues that may affect their quality of life and their families, including severe depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and substance abuse. They also face a rising suicide rate. However, fewer than half of the 2 million military personnel who served in those countries seek treatment for their serious mental illness.

December 18, 2013

Projects Will Focus on Helping Disadvantaged, Veterans and Active Duty Military; Largest Event to Involve 115,000 People in Philadelphia Area

December 9, 2013

New Resource Allows Individuals to Obtain Standardized Background Checks to Expedite Participation in Volunteer Service

FT. COLLINS, Colo., and ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2013 – Verified Volunteers, the first-of-its-kind platform for volunteer background screening, and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, today announced a groundbreaking new partnership to make vetting volunteers faster, easier and less costly for nonprofits and volunteers themselves.  

December 3, 2013

Acts of Giving Back – with “Viral” Twist by Young Actors – Seeks $1 Million in Toys, Games Donated by Hasbro, Inc.

Los Angeles, Dec. 3, 2013 – Wrapping gifts for military families.  Passing out blankets.  Creating “bedtime bags” for children at shelters.  Delivering cards to hospital patients.  These are among the hundreds of thousands of actions that kids across the U.S. will be performing this holiday season.   

November 20, 2013

Disney Friends for Change Sponsors National Day of Service to Inspire Families to Make a Difference in Their Communities  

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 2013 – What’s your project this Saturday? In North Carolina, one family will work at a local farm that feeds the homeless. In Texas, another family will assist community outreach efforts to help their neighbors in need gain better access to housing and medicine.

November 20, 2013

ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2013 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today its newest partner, Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Worldwide will be the official hotel sponsor of the Civic Accelerator.    

November 7, 2013

Volunteers in 10 Cities Support Homeless Veterans, Veterans in College, Veterans with PTSD, Families of Injured Veterans and More