Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Into the Cloud for Non-Profits! Learn the Best Practices to Share Projects and Documents

Today's article is written by HandsOn Tech AmeriCorps members John Jarvis, Melissa Reynolds, and Diana Bui, from the HandsOn Atlanta office.  This article was first published in the evolve newsletter and has been published on the Learn It Live Blog.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday! It was so great to see a lot of you in Chicago!  We are finishing our Conference wrap up.  Check out our website to find videos, photos, and resources from the event. We hope those of you who came to Conference are able to bring back all those great ideas and tools into the work you are doing.    Stay out of the heat this weekend and have a great 4th of July Week! Here are some of the news from this past week:

Turning a “No” into No Problem

Mary-Grace ReevesToday’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Mary-Grace Reeves, a senior in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Fla.

A Billion + Change: Envisioning the Future of Corporate Service

billion plus change logoCan you imagine a future where 500 companies decide to collectively lead social change and tackle the most pressing challenges of the 21st century through skills-based volunteer service (SBV)?

How To Apply Your Volunteer Work to Your Career

MaggieToday's guest post is written by Maggie O'Neill, a jill-of-all-trades combining a career in editing with other interests in hiking, running, and raising two kids. In her spare time, she volunteers to do her church newsletter as well as does spontaneous litter pick-up in her neighborhood with her kids.

For the Win: The Power to Create Change

Alex WalterToday's post is republished from the White House For the Win Series on  June 19.

My Turning Point Was Hockey

Brian LeftwichBrian Leftwich is the Senior Manager of NICE for HandsOn Network. He is also a CrossFit coach, heirloom gardener, Colorado State Muay Thai champion and he loves the smell of sawdust in the morning.

Inspiration I Took Away From the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Kevin BaconToday's post is written by Chelsea Murphy, Communications Coordinator at Points of Light.

Reimagining Service: Taking the Next Step

reimagining serviceAs a national multi-sector coalition dedicated to increasing social impact through effective volunteer engagement, Reimagining Service continues to focus its efforts on increasing the adoption of effective practices, gathering new insights via research and encouraging funding in

Action Heroes Needed

2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service Youth Summit

Photo from the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service Youth Summit

Join forces to do good this summer. Your community needs you.

Service Superstars – 2012 Awards Overview

Corporate Engagement Awards of Excellence recognize companies with a strong commitment to volunteering and who demonstrate a true investment in the well-being of the communities in which they operate.
  • Cbeyond Inc.
  • Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Timberland LLC
 

Civic Accelerator Celebrates Partnership

More than 150 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community partners came together as part of a Community Innovation Breakfast on June 19, hosted by Starbucks, to celebrate a new strategic partnership and the call to action for supporters of the Civic Accelerator, a new Points of Light and Village Capital venture.

Join Points of Light’s Corporate Institute

Now, more than ever, businesses and corporations are embracing service programs, lending their most valuable assets – the time, talent, skills and enthusiasm of their employees – to help the nonprofit sector make a difference in their communities. Yet even as many companies expand their community engagement, many don’t have the tools necessary to formalize a program.

Inspiring Change Through Skills-Based Service

Billion Plus ChangeA Billion + Change, a growing national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer (SBV) services from corporate America, is bringing into sharp relief the valuable role SBV programs play in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to meet community needs at home and aroun

HandsOn Network Affiliates Celebrate Success, Share Ideas

For the past two days, more than 150 staff and representatives from HandsOn Network affiliates came together to network, discuss important sector trends, share best practices and celebrate their collective success. Their time together focused on innovative programming, partnership development, technology and more. The Pre-conference also featured an impressive lineup of presenters and speakers, including communication experts Michael Margolis and Allison Fine.

iHubs: Strengthening Our Civic Network

HandsOn Network is engaged in a focused field investment strategy called Innovation Hubs (iHubs), designed to dramatically accelerate the growth, effectiveness and impact of our network. Through iHubs we are engaging a cohort of our strongest, most progressive market leaders to formulate innovative approaches and pilot best-in-class initiatives with the intent of scaling the most impactful opportunities to benefit the entire network, and ultimately, the communities we serve.

Good & Ready Helps Families Prepare

Good & Ready, led by Points of Light, is a collaborative emergency preparedness engagement initiative, online and on-the-ground, working to increase youth and family preparedness working with core partners including the American Red Cross, Ready.gov, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

Headline: Creating Change through Collaboration

Today's post is written by Glenn Tilton, chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase.

Throughout the economic downturn and continuing recovery, individuals and organizations have looked to the volunteer sector to address community needs. While nonprofits have stepped in to help, the challenge of how civic engagement can build a stronger economy, more highly skilled and versatile workers, and create economic benefits remains.

Why I Do What I Do

Today’s guest post is written by Faiza Kanji, speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago. Kanji is currently the General Manager, Volunteer Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

How Can You Use Writing to Make a Difference?

Today’s guest post is written by Dalya Massachi, a speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Celebrate DadHappy Friday! This weekend is Father's Day on Sunday! Celebrate all the dads in the world this Sunday. What better way to celebrate then to spend some quality time volunteering with your dad and family?! Find some ideas below to celebrate the dads and husbands and great guys in your life...

The Opportunity Index: Using Data to Tackle Community Problems

Today's guest post is written by Elizabeth Clay Roy, deputy director, at Opportunity Nation and National Conference on Volunteering and Service speaker.

Get Green at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Environmental issues are a daily reality for most of us, from poor air quality to rising temperatures. It’s important for us to address these issues in order to find a solution. This year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service focuses on many topics in the service sector including environmental sustainability.

America's Welcome Committee

Today’s guest post is written by Aditi Srinivasan, speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago and Volunteer Coordinator at Upwardly Global.

Faith and Neighborhoods at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is just days away. Are you excited? These sessions will be great resources for both nonprofit organizations and volunteers. The Faith and Neighborhoods track will be divided into four sessions. Check out all the sessions focused on Faith and Neighborhoods at this year’s Conference.

Sitting Down Led this Teen to Take a Stand

Charlotte BilskiToday’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Charlotte Bilski a senior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y. She is the co-president of her school’s community service club, SHARE and co-founder of her school’s AFYA club.

Economic Opportunity at National Conference on Volunteering and Service

When you attend the sessions featured in our economic opportunity track at this year’s National Conference of Volunteering and Service, you will learn how to manage your family’s finances and taxes, how to create economic opportunity for immigrants, how nonprofits can help with financial sustainability and much more. Check out some of the sessions focused on economic opportunity listed here:

Volunteerism and Economic Development

New Website, New Look, New Feel!

Today's post is written by Chelsea Murphy, Communications Coordinator at Points of Light.

Chicago Eats on a Conference Budget

Today's post comes from Michael Nealis, Interactive Strategy Coordinator at Points of Light.

My Turning Point Happened After Visiting Homeless Shelters

Nicholas LowingerToday’s Turning Point comes from guest writer, Nicholas Lowinger, 14, a 2011 Hasbro Community Action Hero, an award recognizing outstanding young service leaders presented by Hasbro in partnership with 

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

We have one full week left until our National Conference on Volunteering and Service! Wow, we're excited! Here are the news from this week: 1. Why the National Conference on Volunteering and Service is More Relevant than Ever via VolunteerMatch.

For the Win: Pennies FUR Pets

Eleanor ShoenbrunToday's post is written by Eleanor Schoenbrun, an 8-year-old from El Paso, Texas, who founded Pennies Fur Pets in October 2011.  Eleanor’s goal is to help rescue animals find homes.  This story is republished from the

My Turning Point: Discovering that Hope Floats

Anne Royse GintherToday's turning point story is written by Anne Royse Ginther, a founder of RandomKid.  Anne is a

An Earthquake, Thousands of Miles Away, Shook Me to My Core

Sharon LiToday's guest post is written by Sharon Li, a freshman at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas. She is the co-founder of We Care Act, which helps school children recover from disasters and engages youth around the world to help others in need.

We Can’t Predict the Future, but We Can Plan for It!

Today’s guest post is written by Susan Danish, Executive Director of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc and speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago.

My Turning Point Happened After Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Today's story is written by Johnna Switzer, retired RN and Nursing Instructor at Mesa Community College. 

The Power of Volunteerism

Today’s guest post is written by Betty Stallings, speaker at our National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago. Betty Stallings, MSW,is a highly regarded international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant and author specializing in volunteer management, fundraising, leadership and board development. 

Service Is The Family Business

Today's guest post is written by Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Esq. the Director of Communications for the nonprofit organization Blue Star Families and a long-time volunteer for pretty much anything and everything. She lives in Chesapeake, Va. with her (now retired) Navy man and two boys. 

NCVS Speakers of the Round Table

On Tuesday, June 19 at 2:30pm, some of the bravest knights in the nonprofit world will come together at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. They will gather together in service to the realm and protect the people of the realm from the forces that threaten England. Wait. That's the wrong round table.

My Turning Points Inspired Me To Be A Positive Contributor To Society

Zach WatsonThe theme for this year's National Conference on Volunteering and Service is "Turning Point." At Points of Light, we are highlighting turning point stories about the moment or moments that inspired one's service to society.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Happy Friday! We're already in June. This year is flying by! Only 18 more days until our Conference :-) Check out what's been happening this week:
  1. What Workers Want Is What the World Needs
  2. Six Ways to Integrate Fundraising into Facebook