Change Notes

Change Notes: Monday Will Be a Big Day for Service and for All the Nation's Volunteers

At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, President and Mrs. Obama will host President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at a special White House ceremony to honor the 5,000th person to receive the Daily Point of Light Award, which recognizes those who embrace the challenge of tackling a community need through volunteer service. I hope you'll join the fun and inspiration.

Change Notes: In good times and bad, demonstrating the best of the American spirit


As millions of people along the east coast begin to mourn those who died and assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, I find comfort and reassurance in one thing: Americans have always pulled together after disasters to lend a hand, help our neighbors and rebuild our communities. As Sandy recedes, we will unite in volunteer service once again.

Just a few days ago, three million people gathered across the country on the nation's largest day of service, Make a Difference Day. They donated food for military families. They cleaned up neighborhoods, parks and schools.

Change Notes: Target Builds Brighter Futures

Friends, Target believes that every child deserves a bright future. Since 1946, Target - a longtime partner to Points of Light - has given 5 percent of its income to support and enrich the communities it serves. Today that equals more than $3 million every week to support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism, plus a commitment to contribute $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

Change Notes: Service Brings a Kinder, Gentler Vibe to D.C.


It's not often you see famed international musician YOSHIKI, in the dark glasses, mingling with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo. Or see former Vice President Dan Quayle and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn sharing a smile. It's probably not a surprise to know that the Today Show's Al Roker, along with wife Deborah Roberts of 20/20, can work a room.

Change Notes: Every Day I Serve


Last year, on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Matt Segneri rose before dawn to help plant 3,000 flags in Boston honoring those lost. He joined hundreds of other volunteers from Points of Light's HandsOn Network affiliate Boston Cares. The event was held in total silence.

"It was a powerful shared experience on a sorrowful but inspiring day," he writes in a guest blog posted yesterday on Points of Light's website. "And it provided the spark that would change the next year of my life."

Change Notes: AmeriCorps 'Champions of Change' Honored at White House


Morgan Tracey knows a lot about the word "champion."  She's from Champion, Ohio. She's training to be an Olympic champion in skeleton, a sledding event similar to the luge. And on Friday,

she'll be named a White House Champion of Change for her outstanding record of community service.

Tracey put in thousands of hours becoming an athletic champion - and a civic leader.

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