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A Tsunami Shifted This Tech Exec's Priorities, Making Him a Force After Hurricane Katrina

During his 40-year technology career in Buffalo and Boston, David Campbell led the charge as a good corporate citizen. He served on boards, was chairman of the chamber of commerce, raised money for the local cancer hospital. But when the 2004 tsunami struck in the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in 14 countries, something shifted for him.

How Hurricane Katrina Turned a Volunteer Into a Leader

What started as a three-week volunteer project in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina turned into a much longer stay for Chandra Linnell, working tirelessly under difficult conditions to bring hope and order into communities that had little of either.

'We Weren’t Just Rebuilding Houses, We Were Rebuilding Lives'

When Hurricane Charley touched down in Lee County, Florida in 2004, the Category 4 storm was the roughest to hit the area since the 1960s. John Mueller remembers seeing the endless caravans of utility trucks headed for Florida from all over the eastern seaboard. “It was so humbling,” he says. He and his wife, Mary, “promised ourselves that if we ever got the chance, we’d be there to reciprocate.”

A Helpless Feeling on 9/11 Sparked Motivation After Hurricane Katrina

Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop’s drive to help others after Hurricane Katrina stemmed from her experience on 9/11. She was living in New York, a young, newly divorced, single mom with two small children. “I remember walking downtown with the kids in their stroller to see what I could do” after the towers fell, she says. “There was nothing. I felt so helpless.” When Hurricane Katrina hit, she sprung into action.

25 Volunteer Trips Later, This Couple’s Commitment to New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Remains Strong

Images of the lingering devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina – even many months after the Aug. 29, 2005 storm – moved Dave Kopra and Ann Drorbaugh. The Olympia, Washington, retirees yearned to help. Since 2006, Kopra and Drorbaugh have been on a mission to rebuild New Orleans one home at a time.

They Had No Vision for How to Respond to Hurricane Katrina, and That Was a Good Thing

Six months after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast, Liz McCartney felt she had to do something to help. She persuaded her husband, Zack Rosenburg, to join her and started reaching out to nonprofits in New Orleans. From 30 emails, she got one just response. It was all they needed.

Honoring Wounded Soldiers and Their Families With Holidays for Heroes

Inspired by wounded soldiers at a televised Memorial Day celebration, Tom McCann was determined to find a way to bring some of those heroes and their families to Nantucket to give them the opportunity to take part in all the things his family had enjoyed over the holiday weekend.

Forced Into Prostitution as a Teen, This Survivor Works to Save Trafficked Children From the Streets

It’s Tina Frundt’s job to know these horrifying numbers: More than 2 million children run away from home each year. About a tenth of them – some 200,000 – become tools in sex trafficking. Having herself survived forced prostitution, she's now helping keep children safe.

When Startups Take on Gender Inequality, Women and Girls Win

It has been a great summer for women and families in the U.S. The Women’s National Team won the 2015 Women’s World Cup. There is a serious female contender for president. And our Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states and uphold the Affordable Care Act, opening up access to health insurance for many. Despite recent gains, gender inequality is still alive and well.

Her Love for a Bear Led to a Cherished Volunteer Journey

Patty Bailey loved a Bear. Well, a dog named Bear. An adopted flat-coated retriever/Newfoundland mix, which she traveled from New Jersey to Georgia to find, had what some might describe as a higher calling. “From the moment we picked Bear up he was so full of love and compassion, we just had to share him with others,” says Bailey, of Sparta, New Jersey.

This Teen Captures the Imagination of Homeless Kids With His Favorite Childhood Toy

Every week for months now, 17-year-old Grant Mercer has visited a Marietta, Georgia, homeless shelter – not with food or clothing, but with Legos for the kids. "You can make anything you want out of them," he says of the colorful building blocks. "They give young kids the chance to let their imaginations run wild."

Join Nancy Pelosi, Joel Osteen and Other Distinguished Guests at Our Conference in Houston

One of the highlights of Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service is hearing from our distinguished speakers, leaders who are shaping the future of volunteer and service. We’re excited to announce some of those powerful voices. Come hear what they have to say – join us in Houston, Oct. 19-21!

Could You Use a $500 or $1,000 Grant for a Family Volunteer Day Project?

Family Volunteer Day celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. Points of Light’s youth service division, generationOn, is offering $500 and $1,000 grants to support efforts to unite families in service for Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 21.