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Global Volunteer Month recognizes the thousands of people around the world who serve as points of light. Check out highlights from our first Global Volunteer Month below and learn how you can continue to be a #LocalLight in your own community.

Be a #LocalLight

Discover tools, resources and virtual volunteer opportunities from across the Points of Light Global Network of affiliates to get involved in Global Volunteer Month. Share your stories of service using #LocalLight on social media to inspire others in your community and around the world.

Global Volunteer Month Stories

April 1-5 | Education

HOW PHILLIPS 66 IS CONTINUING THE SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM IN NEW WAYS

Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland shares how they are being creative about new ways to support their community partners and the people they collectively serve.

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KENYAN REFUGEE VOLUNTEERS TO DEMOCRATIZE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Hayat Muse.

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GLASSWING INTERNATIONAL AND HANDS ON ATLANTA HELP STUDENTS DREAM OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Points of Light Global Network affiliates Hands On Atlanta and Glasswing International work to provide after-school or weekend programs to help students in their communities stay in school.

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FULFILLING A CHILDHOOD DREAM, VOLUNTEER USES HIS LIFE SAVINGS TO TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY

There are few people in the world who would willingly use their entire savings to help those in need, but Arup Kumar did so eagerly.

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VOLUNTEER SPENDS ALMOST A DECADE TEACHING ENGLISH TO DALLAS-AREA IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Kristl Evans Linenschmidt.

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April 6-12 | Human & Civil Rights

UPS: IN SERVICE OF HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

This massive, global organization is using its size and scale – every day – to make a real difference in local communities.

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A CHILD OF JIM CROW LAWS, SENIOR CITIZEN PROMOTES EDUCATION AS GLOBAL VOLUNTEER FOR PEACE CORPS

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Lincoln Law.

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SEATTLE WORKS AND UNITED WAY OF KING COUNTY WORK TO DISMANTLE RACISM AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY BY STARTING WITHIN THEIR OWN ORGANIZATIONS

Points of Light Global Network affiliates Seattle Works and United Way of King County have dedicated themselves to the fight, by starting within their own organizations.

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MAN WITH AUTISM VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN TUCSON

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Matt Steiner.

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NONPROFIT FOUNDER PROVIDES SAFE HAVEN FOR THOUSANDS OF GIRLS

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Crystal Clark-Chatman, who was a 2019 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award winner.

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MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OFFERS SERVICES TO SINGLE PARENTS IN NEED

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Pamala Kaiser-Helmick.

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April 13-19 | Poverty & Inequality

FIDELITY: BUILDING BIGGER TABLES, BETTER COMMUNITIES

This Global Volunteer Month we’re pleased to recognize a few that have gone above and beyond, especially in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. One partner that comes to mind is financial services firm Fidelity Investments.

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HANDSON LONDON FIGHTS AGAINST POVERTY AND INEQUALITY BY WARMING HEARTS OF THOSE IN NEED ONE COAT AT A TIME

Knowing how harsh the winters in London can be, Points of Light Global Network affiliate HandsOn London has been bringing a bit of warmth to the hearts of those in need by offering them a coat.

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TEEN ADVOCATES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN THROUGH YOUTH-LED VOLUNTEERISM

Witnessing the aftermath of the abuse the baby suffered and what Lori says was a lack of support offered by the overwhelmed child protective services system, the high school junior founded Teens for Abused Children (TFAC).

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TEXAS FATHER HELPS TO BREAK CYCLE OF POVERTY BY FEEDING THOUSANDS OF HUNGRY CHILDREN

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree JR Irvin.

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ARIZONA SENIOR DEDICATES OVER 20 YEARS TO VOLUNTEERISM AND SHOWS NO SIGN OF STOPPING

Colleen Mealey from Phoenix, Arizona, has dedicated over 20 years of her life to volunteer service.

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THROUGH KINDNESS WALKS, COMMUNITY AND TRUST IS BUILT FOR HONG KONG’S HOMELESS POPULATION

Colette Aw is no ordinary assistant teacher. After hearing about the weekly Kindness Walks that ImpactHK hosts, Colette experienced her first walk, and was committed to fulfilling the needs of her community.

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April 20-26 | Environment

HANDS ON MANILA ENABLES CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS TO BECOME STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

For the past 18 years, Hands On Manila has organized its flagship program, SERVATHON, to make volunteering easily accessible for different corporate companies and organizations around the Philippines.

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CALIFORNIA TEEN REUSES HOTEL LINENS TO GIVE BACK

Vivian Wang, 17, along with her volunteer organization, Linens N Love, has been collecting linens from hotels and distributing them to various shelters since 2014.

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VERMONT TEEN CONNECTS RURAL AND MIGRANT YOUTH THROUGH STORYTELLING

Discovering the benefit of connecting with other rural youth with different perspectives, Lena Ashooh founded Mi Vida, Mi Voz, a program dedicated to using art and culture as drivers of a more just community, inclusive of all young people.

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STRONGER, SAFER, BETTER TOGETHER

As the crisis in the U.S. continues to unfold, Starbucks is serving communities in ways that demonstrate the very best of its company and its people.

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April 27-30 | Health & Wellness

An Environment of Service, During and Despite COVID-19

We highlight how Coca-Cola is using its reach to help slow the spread of the virus, and to help communities come out stronger on the other side.

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HOW WE SERVE IS CHANGING, WHY WE SERVE (AND WHY IT MATTERS) REMAINS THE SAME

We spoke with Idealist about three important things they’re seeing as it relates to the future of service. Taken together, these three things leave us hopeful and inspired.

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7TH-GRADER VOLUNTEERS TO STRENGTHEN BOND BETWEEN YOUTH CAREGIVERS AND ADULTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S

Hailey Richman’s efforts have soared to new heights to change the way child caretakers are able to connect with adults suffering from dementia.

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CALIFORNIA TEEN CONNECTS MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND HOMELESS COMMUNITY

Ishaan Brar created Healthy Community, an organization that brings volunteer medical professionals to shelters and rehabilitation programs to offer health screenings and information on follow-up health care, regardless of people’s ability to pay, immigration status, age or race.

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Kick-Off Global Volunteer Month From Home with Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is a global day of service that unites people from more than 100 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet.

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