Points of Light’s programs give people, nonprofits and companies meaningful ways to get involved in the causes they care about.

Our programs mobilize volunteers, offer education opportunities, provide useful tools and address critical community needs.

National Service

Our service programs activate volunteers throughout the country by providing them opportunities to serve.


Community-Based Service

When community change comes from within, residents have the skills and resources to support each other and can forge stronger ties. The result is a more connected, stronger community.

  • Community Blueprint is a framework for supporting veterans and military families on a local level.

  • The Community-Engaged Leadership certificate program combines academic learning with community-based service.

  • Good & Ready gives people resources they can use to prepare their families and their communities for disaster.

  • The Service Enterprise Initiative shows nonprofits how to integrate volunteers into their work to better achieve their missions.

  • The Hospitality + Service training program for nonprofits infuses hospitality into organizational culture to improve client service.


Civic Engagement Events

Our events – including days of service, tributes and our Conference on Volunteering and Service – honor outstanding volunteers and encourage people to get involved in their communities.

Our Events



Our awards celebrate the power of individuals to create meaningful change and inspire others to serve.