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3 Ways to Volunteer for Election Day

Election Day is November 8! Not only is this day an exciting opportunity to take part in our democracy, it’s also a day with many volunteer needs. By taking advantage of service opportunities at the polls, you’ll help give others the chance to exercise their rights and have their voice heard. As you prepare to cast your vote, here are some ways you can help others make the most of their Election Day!

4 Ways to Volunteer with Cats

October 29 is National Cat Day! For those hoping to celebrate this day by giving back to our feline friends, here are some ways to get involved.

How Ruach Tova is Tapping into the Global Power of Good Deeds

Ruach Tova, a global affiliate of Points of Light, founded Good Deeds Day on the basic premise that “every person can do a good deed and create positive impact.” In 2016, more than 1.5 million volunteers completed 14,000 projects in over 75 countries. Now in its 11th year, the day is an engaging way for individuals to create change in their community by addressing local needs, educating young people and distributing health resources.

Mother-Daughter Volunteer Duo Share a Passion for Making a Difference

People say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that is especially true for ReGina and Jamie Dobson, a mother and daughter duo that takes every chance to volunteer in their community of Atlanta.

Female Entrepreneur Employs the Power of Technology to Detect and Prevent Child Abuse

“We exist for one simple, critical reason,” said Carly Yoost, a dynamic entrepreneur who worked fearlessly to co-create the Child Rescue Coalition. “To protect children from sexual abuse and emotional suffering, and rescue them from harm’s way.”

Filling in the Gaps to Help Homeless Youth Build Better Futures

Kathy Tillotson founded Build Futures, an organization that gets homeless kids off the streets quickly, not only finding them permanent housing, but helping them become self-sufficient – often within months – by finishing school, finding jobs, and breaking bad habits like substance abuse or reckless spending.

After Losing Her Son to Sepsis, She Advocates for Symptom Awareness

“If this had happened to me or to Rory’s dad, Rory would have been saying, ‘Mom, Dad, we have to do something.’ We can’t bring Rory back, but it has become a mission for us to have people in our community and all over the U.S. … be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, so they can advocate for their own care with doctors and healthcare professionals,” said Orlaith Staunton, who lost her son, Rory, to sepsis in 2012.

Creating Personalized Gowns for Seriously Ill Children, She Makes Hospital Stays a Little Less Scary

“I want children to be able to express themselves in a way that they really aren’t able to in the hospital. If they wear the same gown as everybody else, they get treated like everybody else. They’re not just Room 74, as in ‘Room 74 has cancer.’ They’re a little kid who loves Avengers and has a name,” said Jessica Kidd.

After Caring for Her Husband, She Founded a Center to Help Caregivers Get the Support They Need

“Caregivers are an underserved population. It’s a silent population. People don’t realize how stressful it is,” said Marian Hamilton. “The life you had before doesn’t exist while you’re going through it. There needs to be a paradigm shift in the way hospitals view the family caregiver and how caregivers view themselves in getting more help.

With Free Getaways, She Helps Families Facing Breast Cancer Make Memories That Outlast Tragedy

“The last time we had lunch with Leslie, she said to us as she departed, ‘Give me a big hug and a kiss. This may be the last time you see me.’ She drove away, waving, as we stood in sorrow. Soon afterwards, she entered into hospice care,” said Sandra Gunn. Listening to Gunn share the poignant story of seeing her friend, Leslie Twohig, for the last time makes you realize that the loss is still painful.

Making a Service Enterprise City: Helping New York Nonprofits Better Leverage Volunteer Skill Sets

During a March 2016 Volunteer Summit hosted by New York Cares and NYC Service at UJA Federation in New York City, Paula Gavin, the city's chief service officer announced to a room filled with nonprofits that she wanted to increase the volunteer rate in New York from its current 18 percent to the national average of 25 percent by 2020. Attending this seminar was Points of Light’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Program Expansion Teri Johnson.

Formerly Homeless Teen Launched Nonprofit to Bring Menstrual Products to Women in Need

Motivated simply because she saw an unaddressed need, and armed with the optimism and energy of a 16-year-old, Nadya Okamoto started a movement, captivating social agencies in her city of Portland, Oregon. Not only has she changed the way they worked with homeless women and girls, but her cause has also quickly grown to become a nationwide – and global – revolution.

Service Unites: A Post-Election Strategy

Just a week before the first presidential debate, Points of Light gathered a group together for our own version of an “ideas-that-matter conference” in Kennebunkport, Maine. Members of our Advisory Board, the Board of Directors and a few invited guests – corporate partners, foundation leaders, policy experts, artists and filmmakers – shared their insights and input on the future of our movement and how to enact the greatest amount of change possible, for as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

Building a Network of Compassion, She Helps Coordinate Free Maid Service for Women Battling Cancer

Sardone said it was an unforgettable phone call that prompted her to start giving back. “I’d gotten a call from a Buckets & Bows client who said, ‘I have to cancel because I have cancer,’ and then hung up,” said Sardone. “I decided that as a company policy, we would give free cleaning services for cancer patients.” 

With Open Arms and an Open House, She Helps Keep Kids off the Block and Focused on Success

A house full of your own children can be overwhelming. But what if you opened your home to other children, with sometimes more than 75 young people a day seeking safety and refuge from the perils of the streets? That’s exactly what Diane Latiker did in 2003 in her small Chicago apartment.

Where Technology Meets Education, She Connects Underserved Youth with Inspiring Leadership

Retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Monica Gray epitomizes Powell’s message of resolve and willpower. Gray put into action her dream to improve the lives of underprivileged children by co-founding DreamWakers, a nonprofit volunteer organization that uses video chatting to virtually connect diverse, dynamic professional leaders with public school children.

4 Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

Senior citizens are an important part of the volunteer community, with millions of seniors donating their time to make a difference each year. In 2014 alone, the Corporation for National and Community Service reported that 10.7 million older Americans spent a combined 2 billion hours volunteering. Studies have also shown that volunteering has great benefits as you age – older volunteers show lower mortality and depression rates, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being compared to others in their age group.

Utah Family Puts Volunteering at the Top of Their To-Do List

Getting involved with volunteer service can seem like a daunting task for busy families. School, sports, music, dance, Scouting and other activities leave little time for anything else. Shelly Gonzales, a mother of four, has found the solution: Get the entire family involved in volunteering while working it in with the family’s regular activities.

AbbVie Demonstrates What’s Possible When Employee Volunteers Band Together to Give Back

Service and volunteerism have the power to impact and change lives. And when a corporation engages thousands of employees who are ready to give back to their local communities, innovation and advancement take place on a global scale.