I found the pride I felt when serving others was the same pride I felt by defending others. Suddenly, almost overnight, my sense of self was restored, my identity renewed. This, my friends, is the answer that many of our vets are seeking.
Uniting in volunteer service can be about setting aside ideological differences and finding common ground to solve community problems. It can be about stuffing a tote bag with desperately needed supplies and saying, “We’re here to help.” And sometimes it’s both.
Amir Omar has passionately addressed a number of community needs, from fighting cancer to providing food for the less fortunate. Now he's turning to trees to beautify Richardson, Texas, and improve the community's air quality.
After honoring former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, this morning for their commitment to the city’s children, volunteers gathered in Chicago to help some other local heroes: teachers.
The Woods are working through their foundation to give back to the city that has meant so much to them and their children. For their commitment to Chicago's children, they are today's Daily Points of Light Award winners.
As Americans across the country honored the victims of 9/11 last week through volunteer service, Exelis employees deployed across the Washington, D.C., area during three simultaneous events to remember the thousands of military men and women who have sacrificed their lives since the terror attack and to help those who have returned.
Last week, President Obama explained what makes America “exceptional.” A few days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it “extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation." That riled Points of Light Chair Neil Bush, whose response was published by USAToday.com this afternoon.
Even missing a few days of school can affect your child’s ability to learn and stay in school. You can help limit the number of school days your children miss by making attendance a priority. Join Points of Light as we recognize Attendance Awareness Month.
In the bright sun this afternoon, volunteers from New York Cares and Chase spread across the New York area to help rebuild five homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The rebuilding projects were part of the New York stop of One America, a tour led by Points of Light and Chase that aims to bring together unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment and sports to inspire Americans to unite in volunteer service.
What can make Donna Brazile dance joyously with Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly agree with Jon Stewart? If we put aside our differences and come together, we can actually make a difference. This is the power that One America, a new campaign led by Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase & Co., aims to harness.
A flashlight with extra batteries. A first-aid kit. A three-day supply of water. Add these items – and a few others -- to your weekend shopping list, and you’ll be taking a big step toward helping your family be more prepared should a disaster.
HandsOn Tech – a program developed by Points of Light and Google, with support from AmeriCorps VISTA – helps develop the nonprofit sector’s use of technology to improve outcomes for people in eight low-income communities in the U.S.
For Marisa Thomas, volunteering with at-risk kids is more than a way to give back, it’s her life’s work. “As an adopted child myself, I understand what kids in foster care are longing for,” Thomas says. Nominate a volunteer in your community to be a Cabot Community Celebrity like Thomas and honored on a Caribbean cruise.
After a fire ravaged a forest near his community of Grants Pass, Ore., in 1988, longtime volunteer Ross Roe had a moment of inspiration. Why not recruit Boy Scouts to help replant the trees? The youngsters would learn the fundamentals of tree planting, and the forest would benefit from the good deed.