Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Daily Point of Light #4539 Anna Kunkle

Getting tweens and teens excited about being of service to others can be quite a task.

Daily Point of Light #4538 Ryleigh Katstra

Nicole Muller (left) Ryleigh Katstra (right)

News Flash: Last Chance to Nominate Women of Worth

When you think of the women in your life, is there someone who stands out above and beyond the rest? A woman committed to change who gives her time and energy selflessly to those in need?

Daily Point of Light #4537 Ross Baldari

JPMorgan’s technology team came together to volunteer their time and expertise at Bushwick Leaders  High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Daily Point of Light #4535 Farmington PD Auxiliary

Commitment is an understatement when describing the loyalty of the proud members of the Farmington Police Department Auxiliary of Illinois.

39th Anniversary of Title IX

Newsflash: Bill and Warren Day

You may not realize it, but June 24 is a watershed day in the efforts of businesses worldwide to create change in their communities.

Seven National Nonprofit Conferences Worth Attending This Year (Under $500)

As we are coming off of our Conference we thought it was important to highlight other great conferences that might be beneficial to enhancing nonprofit leadership this year.

Today's post was written by Rosetta Thurman and published on her blog on June 20th.

Daily Point of Light #4532 Petrena Trice

“Mama Trice” is a teacher, an encourager, a life-changer.

Job Description: Rockstar (see also "Daddy")

Yesterday was Father's Day, today we highlight a father who inspires service.

Today’s guest post is written by Tymm Hoffman, Sr. Designer at Points of Light Institute, and father of 3 children.

Newsflash: Help Win the Future

 

Daily Point of Light #4527 Albert Guevara

Albert with a student

Reflections From New Orleans: National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Today's post was published on the Jeff Hoffman & Associates blog on June 10, 2011.

Today’s guest post is written by Jeff Hoffman, a Points of Light Institute board member who strongly supports corporate volunteering.  When Jeff worked at Disney, he was responsible for the global growth of the Disney VoluntEARS program. Today he has his own Global Philanthropy and Civic Engagement firm.

Look Ahead to 2012

Building on the excitement and momentum in New Orleans, it was announced that the 2012 conference will be held in Ch

Closing Session Celebrates Service, Passion

We kicked-off the 2011 conference in style, and we left New Orleans with the same energy and passion.

HandsOn Network Announces Innovation Hubs

The volunteer sector is evolving rapidly with dramatic changes in how and why people engage.

Awards

Outstanding volunteers, institutions and corporations were honored at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service for their commitment to service and civic

Paying it Forward: New Orleans Style

Just before NCVS kicked off, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined conference officials to “send-off” a team of locals to Joplin, Mo.

Youth Summit Empowers Next Generation

More than 100 young people, age 13 to 16, from New Orleans and around the nation convened at the NCVS for the Youth Champions of Service Summit, hosted by genera

9/11 Day of Service to Activate One Million Acts of Service

Sept. 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as well as a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Points of Light Institute Corporate Service Council Names Leader

Points of Light Institute’s Corporate Service Council (CSC), a group of more than 40 companies that are leading and inspiring the business community to increase civic

Conference Highlights

Innovate to Educate: Community Solutions for Education Success

2011 NCVS Opening Session ReCap

The 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), which took place in New Orleans, June 6 - 8, provided more than 4,600 Champions of Servi

Closing Session Celebrates Champions of Service

In today’s closing session, attendees enjoyed music from R&B legend Percy Sledge and a celebration of truly inspiring champions of service.

HandsOn Tech Will Boost Sector's Use of Technology

HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute, is partnering with Google to create HandsOn Tech, an initiative designed to increase the nonprofit sector’s effective use of technology.

9/11 Day of Service to Activate One Million Acts of Service

September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as well as a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Daily Point of Light #4523 Jay Winuk

Today’s Daily Point of Light honoree is Jay Winuk, the inspiring co-founder and vice president of the board of directors of MyGoodDeed.org, the nonprofit initiative leading the movement to transform 9/11 into an annually recognized

Daily Point of Light #4522 Malcolm A. Meyer

Malcolm A. Meyer volunteers his voice and talent for others. In his over 500 pro bono hours of legal work and hundreds of hours of community outreach over the last five years, Meyer has helped to save thousands of homes belonging to some of the poorest citizens in Louisiana.

Reimagine Service at NCVS!

Reimagining Service is a national coalition of multi-sector representatives from nonprofits, government, education, faith-based organizations, funding entities, and corporations.


Reimagining Service views volunteerism like an ecosystem, and believes it can deepen the impact that volunteers make by working collaboratively to address the challenges and opportunities facing all of us.


Road to The Gulf in New Orleans

Free Disaster Response Training from FEMA

For the past two years, NCVS has been held in cities that have benefitted from the amazing American spirit of service. In 2010, New York City played host to NCVS. The city will never forget the outpouring of support it received after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


The Down Low on NCVS After Hours

Sorry young'n, this one is just for the big kids who can stay out after the streetlights come on. NCVS sessions may end 7pm every night, but The Big Easy has a nightlife culture that is sure to keep you entertained until the wee hours.

From Bourbon St to right around the corner of the convention center, we're taking care of you in this nightlife guide.

Books & Beignets - How to NOT Eat a Beignet

Get HandsOn will be sponsoring Books & Beignets this year and we thought it'd be nice to show you how to not eat one of those delicious fried pastries at one of our five morning sessions.



New for 2011 – Interactive Workshops Highlight Innovation!

New this year at NCVS...

During each workshop block there will be one 90-minute Pathway to Innovation session in room 352 with multiple presenters within a single session.

Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out all the sessions associated with...

Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

Connecting Communities for the Common Good: Conversations and Partnership Opportunities with the Obama Administration’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office and Agency Centers

HandOn Action Centers at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out all of the pre-conference sessions associated with... HandsOn Action Centers!

Managing Volunteers at NCVS!

by Jason Scott, Corporation for National & Community Service

Economic Development and Opportunity Sessions at NCVS!

Today we are highlighting another important conference focus area, with sessions specifically about Economic Development and Opportunity.

Sessions in this category will focus on volunteer solutions that sustain economic development and opportunity faced by our communities. E

Veterans and Military Families Sessions at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out all the sessions associated with...

Veterans and Military Families

"So you want to start a Vet Corps..."

Monday, June 6, 2011 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session ID: 5632

Twitter Hashtag: #NCVS5632

Youth Leadership at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out all the sessions associated with Youth Leadership...

Environmental Sessions at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Interested in learning about how service can impact the environment?

Want to learn about clean up efforts after environmental disasters?

Check out all of the sessions associated with the...

Environment

Get HandsOn for NCVS

by Ken Tran & Ashely Cannady, Get HandsOn AmeriCorps Members

Upon joining Points of Light as the AmeriCorps National Direct members serving for the Get HandsOn Campaign, there were a lot of whispers about this great conference that was a pretty big deal around June.

Conference Planning Wrap Up

By April Welch, The Mental Clutter Coach

On The Importance of Youth Leadership

Setting the stage for a lifetime of service is vitally important to the health of our communities and our nation. Positive, impactful, and fun service projects that can make our nation's youth feel like they can be part of the solution to some of the nation's biggest problems are an important part of solving those problems.

Daily Point of Light #4520 Brandon Dunman

Personal outreach and demonstrations of support are really important to keeping the spirits of military troops and their families up around the world.

Health and Wellness at NCVS!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Volunteering in Rural Communities

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out a few sessions associated with...

Rural Residents

CNCS Service in Indian Country

Be An Inclusion Pioneer!

This year at NCVS, session content is organized across a series of issue areas so that attendees can tailor their schedules to meet their learning and networking needs.

Check out all of the sessions associated with working with volunteers with disabilities.

Pioneering Efforts in Developing Inclusion Brokers
Monday, June 6, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Session ID: 5420
Speaker(s): Roxy Rocker, John Mcdermott
Twitter Hashtag: #inclusionbroker

Stories from the Field

by Erin Gannon, Training Associate, National Service Inclusion Project
“Before AmeriCorps I

We are stronger when we work together!

by Vivian Greentree, Director of Research and Policy, Blue Star Families

The Spice Is Right

Before you leaving New Orleans and NCVS, you must have good Cajun and Creole meals!

This Year’s Forums Feature Interactive Technology!

by Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD, Director, Leadership Development and Training, Corporation for National and Community Service, Conference Planning Committee

Daily Point of Light #4519 Joanne Hickox

This story begins more than 10 years ago with one woman's heart for serving and encouraging others.

Conference and Travel Tips

Conference and Travel Tips

By April Welch, The Mental Clutter Coach

New Orleans and the National Conference on Volunteering and Service are ready for you! Are you ready for them?

With just a few days before the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders, there are a few important items we don't want you to forget to ensure you make the most of your conference experience and time in the Big Easy.
Registration

Education Sessions in New Orleans!

There is plenty to learn at Conference this year!

Whether you are in a workshop, forum, immersion learning session, or service project, there are all kinds of sessions geared to all levels of learners.

Many workshops emphasize service learning as an important asset to education.

Check them out...

Conference Packing, Planning and other Preparation Tips

By April Welch, The Mental Clutter Coach

Today's post originally appeared on the VolunteerSpot blog on May 05, 2011.

Creating Volunteer Programs that Measure Impact

Last week on Wednesday we discussed Service and Leadership Development as an important aspect of our company in order to be successful and to retain volunteers.  As we near the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in less than a week another important aspect of a successful volunteer engagement program is one that creates projects that measure for impact.

Manage For Results!

Within the "Strength" focus area category sessions focus on proven methods and emerging trends for managing, strengthening and sustaining volunteering and service programs to meet ever-changing economic, socio-economic, social and volunteer realities.

Here are some sessions that discuss managing volunteers for results in order to be able to retain further volunteers in the future.

Forum Preview: Leaders Make the Future

by Sasha Graffagna, Intern, Edelman Digital & College Lifestyles

The problems that we face today are more challenging than ever, which means that we need more leadership than ever. But leading an organization effectively is challenging, to say the least.

Come learn from the folks who’ve been there, done that, at this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans.

NCVS Is Putting a Spell On You