Blog Archive

Blog Archive

You Couldn't Escape It

Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who showed up to help after Hurricane Sandy – and keep showing up, month after month – communities from New Jersey to Massachusetts are rebuilding, recovering and coming back together.

Transforming a School, Rebuilding a Community After Hurricane Sandy

Insurance would cover much of the physical damage Hurricane Sandy dealt to Memorial School in Union Beach, N.J., but it wouldn’t help rebuild the school community. Working with school administrators and Fidelity Investments, Jersey Cares came up with a plan to reunite the Memorial School family.

How Country Star Martina McBride Inspired a Fan to Start a Movement

Music has the power to inspire. One song in particular moved Sheila Jones so deeply that the Madison, Ala., woman has made it her mission to help others, namely cancer patients, through volunteerism and the healing power of music.

How Did You Spend Make A Difference Day? You Could Win $10,000 for Your Favorite Charity

From Asheville, N.C., to Zanesville, Ohio, Saturday – Make A Difference Day – Americans committed to serving their communities. Did you participate this year? Post your photos and your story, and your favorite charity will get a chance to receive a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own.

Find Out How You Can Change the News, Not the Channel

In times like these, citizens coming together have always made the difference. When we volunteer, we provide more than help. We provide an antidote to cynicism and despair. I’m proud to announce that Points of Light, Bank of America and the Corporation for National and Community Service have joined forces and launched a Financial Opportunity Corps.

How Burritos Inspired a Community

When Brian Pekari received media attention as "The Burrito Man" of Tracy, Calif., he took advantage of his new local fame by founding Tracy United To Make A Difference, a community-building organization inspired by national Make a Difference Day, Oct. 26.

Three Pro Bono Trends Strengthening Communities

As we celebrate Pro Bono Week, it’s worth reflecting on the powerful trends that have recently emerged from businesses across the country as they continue to scale and deepen the impact of their community engagement programs.

On the Ground with the Financial Opportunity Corps

Members of the new Financial Opportunity Corps program will train volunteers to be financial “coaches” in their communities, helping residents learn strategies for reducing debt, improving credit, building assets, saving for emergencies and planning for the future.

Where Should Nonprofits Use Volunteers? Everywhere.

For every dollar nonprofits invest in effective volunteer engagement, they can expect up to $6 in return – a six-fold return on investment. Want to use volunteers more effectively at your organization? Check out the Service Enterprise Initiative.

Need a Grant for Your 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service Project?

Points of Light is currently accepting grant applications for 2014 MLK Day of Service projects. There is still time to apply! Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 25.

Win up to $15,000 for Your Favorite Cause

What do pro bono and pro football have in common? They’re both playing a part in the Super Service Challenge – a story contest that will award up to $1 million to deserving nonprofit organizations nominated by their volunteers, up to $15,000 each.

Urban Farming Brings Community Together for One America in Miami

Gathered outside Miami Northwestern Senior High School this afternoon, students, community members, education leaders and celebrity chefs volunteered to help combat hunger in the low-income Miami neighborhood of Liberty City. One America brought them together to show what people can accomplish when they unite.

Points of Light Honors Renowned Chef José Andrés With Daily Point of Light Award

When an earthquake decimated parts of Haiti, acclaimed chef José Andrés was vacationing with his wife in the nearby Cayman Islands. “There we were, surrounded by every comfort, and we were learning of this terrible disaster that had left people with nothing,” Andrés says. That experience led to the humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen and now a Daily Point of Light Award.

It Was a Thrill to Celebrate Action in the Nation’s Capital... Volunteer Action!

The second annual Points of Light Awards brought a bipartisan crowd together to honor extraordinary people and organizations that bring leadership, innovation and the passion of the volunteer spirit to bear on some of the toughest challenges we face today.

Meet the 2013 Clifford BE BIG In Your Community Contest Winners

It doesn’t get much BIGger than this! Scholastic has just announced the winners of the fifth annual ‘Clifford BE BIG In Your Community Contest’. Chosen from close to 800 entries from over 19,000 entrants, these ideas truly embody Clifford’s BIG ideas in working to make the world a better place.

Having Trouble Expanding Your Startup? Try Using Volunteers

Could startups be more effective if they had access to the same marketing, technology, financial and legal talent as more established organizations do, and it was free? Not everyone can quit their day jobs to change the world, but they might volunteer their talents to help create extraordinary change.

Bid to Win a Fiat, Designer Accessories, a Skype Chat With a Star and More

Want to help volunteers change the world? Bid on the Points of Light online auction. Proceeds support Points of Light’s mission to mobilize millions of people to take on society’s greatest challenges.

Gov. Chris Christie and Fellow Honorees Shine at Points of Light Tribute Awards

Under the glass ceiling of the Italian Embassy, with strings of light shimmering overhead, about 300 people came together Friday night for a gala celebrating the winners of the 2013 Points of Light Tribute Awards.

A Young Mother’s Death and a Promise

Seven years ago on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Michael Bourque experienced his first loss of a healthy, young mother in his 30 years as an obstetrician. He made her a promise to try save other young women from what happened to her.

Third-World Scenes in a First-World Country Inspire a Decade of Devotion

Photos in the New York Times, showing ramshackle houses with dirt floors and children going hungry, changed Pam Koner’s life. She was astonished at what she saw. The photos depicted scenes not from an impoverished country, but from Pembroke, Ill.

From Combat to College: Helping Veterans Transition

Want to help veterans ease into college life? Points of Light Military Initiatives will soon begin recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve on college campuses across the country.

Furloughed? Here’s One Way to Find Purpose During Your Time Off

If you’re a government employee looking to use your time on furlough to do something positive, find volunteer opportunities in your area though our volunteer search.

Playing With Dolls, But Building Robots – Entrepreneur Steers Girls Toward Technology

When Kimberly Bryant decided to start her own mobile health technology company, she saw a strong culture and gender divide among the area’s technology professionals. Now she's helping girls of color narrow those gaps.

Join Us for a Free Webinar Oct. 8 and Create a Buzzworthy Conference Session

It’s an exciting time for us at Points of Light, as we read proposals for the next Conference on Volunteering and Service. We get to learn about the great work that’s happening in communities around the globe. To help people develop strong proposals, we’re hosting a webinar on Oct. 8.

Couple Sees Treasure in Women Treated Like Trash

Years ago Dick and Nicki Benz began bringing women released from prison into their home, so the women would have a place to stay and plan their next steps. As the number of women grew, the couple opened Buried Treasures Home.