Blog Archive

Blog Archive

10 Young Changemakers Stand Up, Inspire Others to Be Fearless and Kind

Ten extraordinary kids and teens from across the country came together for three days in New York City to highlight their work as changemakers, learn how to expand their impact, and inspire other youth to take action. These 10 young people have been recognized as Hasbro Community Action Heroes for their outstanding work in their communities and beyond by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, and Hasbro Inc.’s as part of the company's BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative.

Building Capacity: Strategic Volunteer Engagement

The nonprofit sector spends a lot of time agonizing over organizational strategy and how to meet mission with increased demand and fewer resources. Though volunteers seem like an oversimplified solution to the problem, through strategic volunteer engagement, they can be viable and, oftentimes, necessary assets to nonprofit capacity building.

The 4-Step Guide to Taking Part in Good Deeds Day 2017

Millions of people from more than 75 countries around the globe will take part in Good Deeds Day 2017. If you want to be a part of the global movement of doing good and are still looking for ways to get it all started, we got you covered with our little guide on how you can get involved.

Employee Spotlight: Community Involvement Leads to Career in Nonprofit Support

Volunteer service is a great way to connect with and improve your community, a chance to help your neighbors and create positive change. As a newcomer to Washington, D.C., in 2006, Shaterri Casteel, program manager for Points of Light’s ServiceWorks program, used service as an opportunity to become more acquainted with the issues facing her new community.

ServiceWorks 'Dream Team' Pair Demonstrates Power of Mentorship

At first glance, Jersey Cares Success Coach Marc Wolensky and college student and ServiceWorks alum Christian Illescas don’t seem like two people whose paths would be likely to cross – but looks can be deceiving.

Innovative Volunteer Engagement Program Helps Address Refugee Crisis in Brazil

In difficult times, we often look to humanitarian groups to support those in need. Since the onset of the refugee crisis, this has certainly been the case in Brazil. To supplement governmental support, which can be quickly overwhelmed by an influx of immigrants, Atados used a project model that revolutionizes the way volunteers become involved in solving social crises.

Hearts Unite in Service: Newlyweds Aid Refugees on Humanitarian Honeymoon

In a small canvas tent inside a warehouse in Vasilika, Greece, five shoeless Americans silently huddled with an 8-year-old Syrian refugee and her mother. We were hiding from the Greek police, who had officially banned foreign visitors from entering the refugee camp, inhabited by 1,200 people stranded here after fleeing their countries. Beside me, my wife of three months, Lisa, was shaking with fear; we’d learned that we would be arrested if found inside, but we couldn’t resist visiting the “home” of our new friend, Helena.

Celebrating the Contributions of Extraordinary Black Changemakers

The Points of Light Monument, a one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., honors the actions and service of famous Americans who have transformed our nation and the world. During Black History Month, we recognize and celebrate the significant contributions that African-Americans have made throughout our history, recognizing their achievements and the great economic, social and political issues these points of lights dedicated their lives to.

Volunteers are Points of Light During Refugee Crisis

As millions of refugees around our country and the world continue to strive for safety, freedom and opportunity, there are volunteers who act as points of light on the long and arduous journey to a better life. These volunteers give their time, talent and voice to refugees both at home and abroad, and serve as examples of the ways in which one can get involved.

4 Ways to Volunteer Inside During the Winter Months

With winter drawing near, you might be thinking about how to take your volunteering to a warmer, cozier location. As temperatures drop and frost or snow covers the ground, outdoor projects become less feasible, giving way to a new crop of volunteering options that you can do from the comfort of your own home.