Blog Archive

Blog Archive

How Tackling Personal Finances Helped One Entrepreneur Take Charge

When Makeda Perryman was getting ready to launch her life coaching business, she never thought that when it came to finances, she might need some coaching herself. But willing to do anything to make her business successful, she signed up for the Financial Opportunity Corps.

Teen Asks, Before You Send That Hurtful Text, `Is This Something Your Mother Would Be Proud Of?’

Although 15-year-old Trisha Prabhu had occasionally been teased online herself, she had no idea that in some cases the pattern could go on longer and cut deeper. As she learned more about cyber-bullying – which 20 percent of American high school students say they have experienced – she decided to do something.

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Beyond the obvious benefits of helping out in the community and making a difference, volunteering can both further your career and improve your life. Here’s how volunteering can help boost your career and your personal branding in ways you might not have expected.

How One Woman’s Desire to Thank Service Members Led to More Than 1 Million Thank-Yous

Carolyn Blashek's simple desire to say "thank you" to U.S. service members has led to the delivery of more than 1 million care packages to both active duty members of the armed forces and veterans.

Father’s Day Gets Me Thinking About How My Daughter Inherited My Passion for Volunteering

As I think about Father’s Day, I’m reminded of how much my daughter still reaps the benefits of my year of service in AmeriCorps – despite being born 14 years after I joined AmeriCorps’ first class, in 1994.

Would You Know What to Do in a Disaster? We Can Help You Get Prepared

Summer officially starts this weekend, which means we can look forward to some warm and sunny weather across the country. It also means that hurricane season is in full swing in the mid-Atlantic region; tornado season is rolling across the plains states and the Midwest; and the West coast is bracing itself for wildfires. Research shows that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for disaster. Are you?

The Man Behind the Laugh Factory Brings a Heartfelt Message – and Superstar Mentors – to Kids in Need

Jamie Masada was only 14 when he emigrated from Iran in the 1970s with hardly anything. But, channeling the American spirit, he was determined to succeed. In 1979, he founded the Laugh Factory, a chain of comedy clubs that has come to host some of the world’s most famous comics. Wanting to give back to a community that had given him so much, Masada created the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp, a program that gives underprivileged kids in Los Angeles the chance to learn about comedy.

Creating a Global Community Through Local Acts of Service – and Learning Along the Way

An army of volunteers responded over the weekend to community issues by creating, leading and engaging others in projects designed to fit each community’s unique needs. They read to children in Miami to address literacy challenges, cleared soccer fields in New York to give kids a safe place to play, added sweat equity to a home in Los Angeles to benefit a veteran and more.

Our Salute to 41 at 91

Twenty-five years ago President George H. W. Bush, Points of Light’s founder, created the Daily Point of Light Award to celebrate individuals who are making a difference in their communities – and their world – through volunteer service. Today, in recognition of his 91st birthday, we want to honor him with just one small example of how his vision for this award has changed and continues to change lives around the country.

6 Ways to Celebrate AmeriCorps Grads

AmeriCorps Alums invites graduating corps members, alums, alumni chapters, AmeriCorps programs and state commissions, and all national service champions to join in celebrating the AmeriCorps Class of 2015 and their transition to the alumni network. Here are six ways to celebrate the year of service and beyond.

Giving Back Is a Responsibility and a Privilege for These Workers

Elaine came straight from her graveyard shift to do some good for her community. She joined a couple thousand of her co-workers from TELUS International Philippines to volunteer for Brigada Eskwela, an annual Philippine Department of Education program that invites volunteers to help maintain school buildings and create good learning environments for students.

Saluting Barbara Bush and the Points of Light Fighting to End Illiteracy

Former First Lady Barbara Bush “vowed to make a difference every single day,” as granddaughter and TODAY show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager told viewers this morning. Here at Points of Light, we see the difference Mrs. Bush continues to make, inspiring others every day. And in honor of her 90th birthday, we’d like to celebrate her commitment to literacy by recognizing three Daily Point of Light award winners who – in their own powerful ways – are taking action to spread the joy of reading.

Where Most People Live Without Electricity, This Volunteer Shines

Richard Fahey brings light where nearly all of the people live in darkness after the sun goes down.

Top 10 Reasons to Join Us at the 2015 Conference on Volunteering and Service

Thinking about coming to the Conference on Volunteering and Service? There are countless reasons to meet us in Houston Oct. 19 to 21 for the largest gathering of volunteer, national service and civic leaders. We've boiled it down to the top 10!

Points of Light Leadership Partners Invest in the Future Workforce, Prepare Americans for Disaster and More

As Points of Light celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – building upon founder President George H. W. Bush’s vision of a "thousand points of light" – we recognize the socially responsible investments from our top 2015 corporate contributors, companies that have helped Points of Light become the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service.