Press Releases

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

November 7, 2013

Award to be Presented During ‘One America’ Volunteer Tour stop in Houston
Program Includes Panel of Community Leaders Tackling How to Keep Kids Motivated and Eager to Learn

October 22, 2013

Nation's largest day of volunteering sponsored by Gannett's USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light will unite Americans in a common cause to help others and compete for $130,000 in charitable awards from Newman's Own

October 21, 2013

Volunteers Can Help Nonprofits Win Prizes of Up to $15,000
By Sharing Service Project Stories

October 17, 2013

Celebrity Chefs José Andrés, Ingrid Hoffmann and Adrianne Calvo join event to discuss innovations in making food accessible to all; volunteers assemble 1,000 mobile garden bags for local residents in need

Daily Point of Light award presented to Chef José Andrés