The Extra Mile
The Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is the only national monument that honors individuals who selflessly championed causes to help others realize a better America.
The Extra Mile illustrates stories of great Americans who, through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their dreams into great movements that help people across America and the world. The monument pays tribute to the millions of individuals who volunteer their time, energy and talent to make a difference in the lives of others.
From founders of major service organizations to civil rights leaders, the honorees embraced their power to create change in their communities and our country. Their legacies are enduring social movements that continue to engage and inspire us today.
President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated The Extra Mile on Oct. 14, 2005 by inducting the first 20 honorees. To date, 33 individuals have been honored with medallions along The Extra Mile, which will eventually stretch one mile and include 70 extraordinary service leaders.
Learn more about the history and the future of this special monument that pays tribute to individuals who have gone the extra mile for others.
The purpose of The Extra Mile is to educate and inspire all those who follow its one-mile route through Washington D.C. The Extra Mile aims to put the idea of volunteerism into the hands of effective people so it can be part of an ongoing dialogue and educational program. Through The Extra Mile we will deepen the understanding of volunteerism and its ability to help meet basic human needs and to stimulate as many conversations about those issues as possible.
The vision of The Extra Mile aims to encourage the growth of volunteerism, inspire young people to become the future leaders of the charitable community and encourage our culture to redefine the meaning of “role models” for our youth.
We will soon offer service-learning programs that will carry this important teaching tool and resource to young Americans. These programs will enable them to learn the history of charity, philanthropy and volunteering through the life stories of the Extra Mile honorees and the movements they founded.
Check back with us to learn about these future initiatives that will include:
- Curriculum materials for schools
- Interactive learning experiences
- Program partnerships