How We Add Value for Volunteers

Points of Light makes it easy for you to find volunteer opportunities by location and interest. We offer DIY project guides for youth and families to help everyone get involved, and also recognize individual service contributions with the Daily Point of Light Award.

We were founded with the goal of empowering people around the world to do good in their communities. The connections we have forged over the years with organizations and individuals committed to community service mean we are the best place to turn when you want to find volunteer work. We understand that although you may be ready and willing to dedicate time and effort toward making the world a better place, it can be challenging to know where to begin. That’s why we make it easy to find a volunteering experience that fits your location, abilities and schedule. Whether you’re looking for yourself or want to get your entire family involved, our volunteer matching capabilities make it possible for you to find a cause that could use your help.

Whether you are young or old, someone out there could benefit from your volunteerism. Points of Light can guide you on your way to helping those in your community who need you the most. Just use the form on this page to tell us a little more about where you live and what types of causes you want to assist. We will present you with a list of opportunities that need dedicated and selfless volunteers right now.


How We Recognize Volunteers

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Annual Value of Volunteer Hours

Search for Volunteer Opportunities

There are hundreds of thousands of volunteer opportunities, just waiting for the right volunteer to step up. Start where you are, when you can, and turn your passion into action.

Daily Point of Light


When Vivek Turakhia, a 17-year-old, first-generation Indian-American, learned about the critical need for school supplies at underserved schools, he formed the organization For the Students By the Students to help address the issue. His organization’s supply drives and support for other like-minded organizations have resulted in thousands of dollars of donations in supplies to schools across the country.

Services and Opportunities for Volunteers

This is your invitation to make a difference! Every action, no matter how small, is significant.