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Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! This week announced that the value of volunteering has increased 35 cents. The 2012 value of volunteer time is now $22.14/hour, up from the 2011 value of $21.79. Thank you for continuing to add so much value to the world!

Conference Limited Availability: Early Bird Rates and Workshops

Build your itinerary for Conference as sessions are filling up fast. Plenaries, special events, service projects and more than 150 workshops are available. Bring your family and explore Washington, D.C. Visit www.volunteeringandservice.org

Change Notes: Points of Light and the Pursuit of Happiness

Friends, When I first met President George H. W. Bush, the honorary chair of Points of Light, six years ago, I was struck by three things: his deeply felt sense that a meaningful life must include service to others, his gracious humility and the fact that he ordered dessert at lunch and encouraged all present to do the same.

Where To Volunteer This Spring

It's Springtime, a great time to have a new beginning by getting out and volunteering in your community.

Do you want to volunteer in your community this spring, but you are lost when it comes to finding things to do?

Here is a list of spring themed volunteering ideas:

10 Kid-Friendly Volunteer Service Projects

Volunteering together as a family helps kids learn that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others – and that feels downright inspiring and good.  Family service also cultivates empathy and helps children learn to recognize their personal good fortune and blessings.  Volunteering together fosters positive communication and strengthens bonds in ways no other activity can.  As an added holiday bonus, family memories and traditions made while volunteering together will last long after their shiny new toys have passed into recycle bins.

Risks, Possibilities and Growth

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This quote by Neale Donald Walsch has been my motto to live by over the past few years, and is something I feel adequately defines the experiences as an AmeriCorps member.

            My name is Laura Nutty and I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Hands On Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Last year, I served with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in the Pacific Region.  The year before that I served as an AmeriCorps State and National member in Rochester, New York.  My decision to serve in AmeriCorps was largely based on the fact that I did not know what I wanted to do after graduating college, and I was so unsure of myself and what career option I wanted to pursue.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! Happy Spring! Spring into some volunteering this season. GenerationOn just launched a campaign to fight child hunger. Hunger is a big problem in the United States. Between March 18 and April 30, you can help provide 1 million meals for kids who don’t have enough to eat—and bring your own ideas and solutions to the table. Learn more about What Will You Bring to the Table.

Change Notes: 125 Reasons to Celebrate Volunteer Service

Friends, I heard a story recently that reminded me of the often unexpected impact of volunteer service. Faye Hendrix is a sales associate at the Belk department store in Fayetteville, Ga., a main-street town south of Atlanta that is in many ways like the Georgia town where I grew up. It's a community with deep roots, where neighbors don't just know each others' names, they know their aunts' and uncles' names, too. It's a town where volunteer service isn't a "movement," it's just something you do.

5 Quotes and Reasons to Volunteer

In honor of National Volunteer Week coming up next month (April 12-27), here are five reasons why we should take some time out of our schedule to help ourselves and others by volunteering.

Cause Alignment: Capital One's Formula for Aligning CSR With Everything It Does

Today's blog is republished from the CSRwire blog, part three of the Civic 50 series.  Today's post is written by Jackie Norris, Executive Director of Points of Lights' Corporate Institute.

A few years ago, Bladimir Martinez, then 16, was chosen as one of 10 high school students to run a real Capital One bank branch inside Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland -- a county where only 44 percent of high school graduates are considered college or career ready.

The 5 Benefits of Volunteering

I started volunteering for the first time when I was 16 years old. That has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. There are a number of benefits that can be reaped from volunteering. Below are some of those benefits:

The Digital Native Fallacy: Teaching New Skills While Learning From Their Strengths

Today's blog is another in the series from Huffington Post's blog posts featuring thoughts and ideas from Civic Accelerator participants, a program that helps civic startups successfully launch and scale solutions to our nation's social challenges by providing mentorship, education and investment. This is written by Jared Chung founder of CareerVillage, republished from the Huffington Post Social Entrepreneurship section Feb. 28, 2013.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! Did you have a great AmeriCorps Week? Share with us the cool things you did to commemorate national service.

Have a great Saint Patrick's Day weekend as well. Is anyone partaking in green volunteering?

Here are the news from the week:

The Desire to Serve, Daily Point of Light: Jeffrey D. Richardson

Today we continue to celebrate AmeriCorps Week and feature today's Daily Point of Light #4972 and AmeriCorps Alum, Jeffrey D. Richardson, Executive Director of Serve DC. This post is republished from the AmeriCorps Alums blog.

5 Lessons Between Tech and Social Entrepreneurship

Today's blog is another in the series from Huffington Post's blog posts featuring thoughts and ideas from Civic Accelerator participants, a program that helps civic startups successfully launch and scale solutions to our nation's social challenges by providing mentorship, education and investment. This is written by Jay Lee co-founder and CEO of Smallknot, republished from the Huffington Post Social Entrepreneurship section Feb. 28, 2013.

AmeriCorps Week 2013

Happy AmeriCorps Week! The goal of AmeriCorps Week is to bring awareness to the impact national service is making in cities across the country.

Fulfill HOPE with service stint

Written by Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light, and republished from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia’s HOPE scholarship is one of the largest merit-based college scholarship programs in the United States, but it could be so much more. By rewarding both good grades and volunteer service, the HOPE scholarship could teach the rest of the nation how to produce educated, engaged citizens who know how to give back.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Today is International Women's Day. It's a day to celebrate the potential of women and girls. To do amazing things. To change the world. And it's Friday! Are you partaking in activities for women's day? Share with us!

Here are the volunteer news from the week:

International Volunteering Really Changed My Life

Today's post is written by Bill, who completed his undergraduate studies in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.  After college Bill spent some time teaching Senior Economics in Anthem, Arizona.  Bill is currently a traveling teacher, who has spent time teaching in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and Asia, where he has taught English, Health, Geography, Social Studies, and Outdoor Education.

In 2008 I was currently studying to be your average everyday teacher.  I knew what I wanted to do, but wasn’t sure why.  Grades in school weren’t something I took pride in and a C was just as good as an A to me.

The Citi Foundation Finds New Ways to Measure the Impact of CSR Efforts

Today's post is part two on the The Civic 50, published Feb. 26 on CSRwire. This blog is written by Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship decodes the second dimension: measurement and strategy.

The Story of Curaçao Cares

Today’s post is republished from the HandsOn blog and written from Deva-Dee Siliee, Co-founder Curaçao Cares

Curaçao Cares is the first of its kind volunteer and project management organization in Curaçao, a Dutch-Caribbean island. Curaçao is well known for its beautiful capital Willemstad that is on the UNESCO Heritage List, for its beaches, and of course for its blue liqueur.

We the People: Civic Accelerator Brings Together Social Entrepreneurs to Solve Challenges

Today's post is a series featured in the Huffington Post featuring thoughts and ideas from Civic Accelerator participants, a program that helps civic startups successfully launch and scale solutions to our nation's social challenges by providing mentorship, education and investment. The Civic Accelerator is a joint venture between Points of Light and Village Capital and includes founding support from The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., and Starbucks Foundation. Today's post is written by Cedric Hodgeman co-founder of UBELONG and republished from the Social Entrepreneurship section on Feb. 28, 2013.

What does Sunday Supper mean to you?

Today's post is written by Delores Morton, President of the Points of Light Programs Division.

The word supper means different things to different people, but for this Louisiana girl it evokes memories of red beans and spicy Andouille sausage or, in winter months, a large pot of gumbo. 

Supper time in our household was a raucous event full of stories and the occasional argument. It was a time for encouraging dreams and providing comfort in disappointment. It was a time for prayer and praise, music and laughter. 

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! It's March get ready for National Nutrition Month, March Madness, St. Patrick's Day, and Red Cross Month. There's plenty of fun things to get involved in this month. This puppy is excited for a cool month ahead. What are you going to do this month? Share with us in comments.