Honoring Individuals Who Change the World

Millions of people act on their power to do good every day, using their hearts, hands and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems. We recognize their individual stories, and life them up to inspire others so we many each, in our own way, answer the call to make a difference.

Nominate a Daily Point of Light

Do you know someone who acts as a point of light in their community each day?
Nominate them for a Daily Point of light award.

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Residency: Award nominees must be legal U.S. residents.
  • Service: All volunteer activities must be unpaid and cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend for their service or receive paid time off to volunteer are eligible.
  • Timeline: Volunteer service must last for six uninterrupted months and still be ongoing (except disaster relief work).
  • Impact: Work should demonstrate real impact from the activity. Examples include number of people served, money raised, etc.
  • Community need: Activity must meet a community need or concern. Nominee must have sustainability plans for their activity (ex. working with community organizations to continue their work, empowering service recipients to continue their work, etc.).

The following criteria are utilized in reviewing and judging nominations:

  • Community Needs and Solution: Activity must meet a community need or concern. Nominee must have sustainability plans for their activity (ex. working with community organizations to continue their work, empowering service recipients to continue their work, etc.).
  • Impact: Demonstrated real impact (outputs and outcomes) from the activity. Examples include the amount of money raised, number of people that received services, etc.
  • Innovation: Activity should reflect innovative or unique approaches to solving serious social problems.
Daily Point of Light Honoree #6405

Dr. Heval Kelli

The true story of the American dream, Dr. Kelli arrived to America as a refugee and now is a cardiologist who runs a pre-med mentoring program to invest in kids who were just like him.

A Legacy Continued

In 1998, Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service reinstated the Daily Point of Light Award with a mission to honor those who take action to create change in their communities. Since then, Points of Light has inspired and recognized thousands for their voluntary service and celebrated the impact volunteers have on communities around the world. More than 6,500 Daily Point of Light honorees have been named to date.

History

On Jan. 8, 1993, President George H.W. Bush submitted a report to the nation on his efforts to engage Americans in service. He called these volunteers “points of light.” From his first day in office, President Bush devoted very special attention to voluntary community service as a means of helping solve some of America’s most serious social problems.