Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Volunteering Summer Camp Offers Hands-On Service, Leadership Experience to Bay Area Youth

Every summer, parents and high-school-aged students across the United States look for opportunities to help young people stay engaged and active throughout the season. HandsOn Bay Area, a Points of Light affiliate, provides this type of community programming through HandsOn Tomorrow, a leadership and volunteering day camp for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Former VISTA with Persistent Passion for Service Helps Feed Denver’s Hungry

Barbara Motichka has spent the majority of her life giving back to the communities she’s lived in, not just through volunteerism, but also by helping those around her become stronger and more successful volunteers.

How Higher Education Institutions Use Service to Develop 21st Century Citizens

The Higher Education track at the Conference on Volunteering and Service examined the question of how colleges and universities can equip students to be 21st century citizens. Over the course of three sessions and a keynote presentation, speakers shared insights and concerns about how higher education institutions engage with broader society, provide opportunities for students to deepen their learning through volunteerism and service learning, and encourage interaction with people, cultures and views different from their own.

College-Bound Girl Scout Starts Nonprofit to Save the Bees

Two years ago, Elizabeth Klosky was brainstorming ideas with her father on what to do for her Girl Scouts Gold Award project when she had the idea to do something to protect bees. She and her father had just begun to keep bees in the yard, but when she realized how important they were to the environment – and that certain bee populations around the world were struggling – she wanted to help.

Air Force Veteran Uses Her Own Brand of “Magic” to Serve Her Community as a Frontline Families AmeriCorps Member

When it comes to serving her community, Angela Collins speaks about the “magic” – or individual talents – of each person involved. One’s “magic,” she explained, is his or her natural talent, an ordinary thing that he or she does better than most. Angela believes that each person’s skills are magic to everyone else. “So when you figure out what people’s magic is and you put it to use in the community, to build community, to create community, to bring people together, that’s where the magic happens,” Angela said.

Employee Spotlight: Helping Young Burn Survivors Find Renewed Confidence Through Outdoor Summer Fun

As marketing and communications coordinator in our Washington, D.C., office, Robby Montgomery plays an active role in telling the Points of Light story. He writes for the Points of Light blog and manages our social media accounts, curating and sharing inspiring stories of people doing good in communities around the world. Robby joined Points of Light as a communications intern in 2015, but he discovered his passion for volunteering and service years earlier.

Solutions for Community Resilience: Meeting the Urgent Needs

When government agencies, nonprofits and community changemakers focus on strengthening educational and economic advancement for youth and families, social equity and cultural expression, their collective action can lead to clear, measurable impact and sustainable long-term change.

3 Trends in Nonprofit Capacity Building

Nonprofits and government agencies’ ability to solve societal issues are often constrained by organizational capacity. When your roof is leaking, you focus on the immediate issue of repairs and may put off a much-needed basement remodel. The same can often be said for capacity building initiatives; they take time, resources and staff capacity that many nonprofit organizations don’t feel they have, even if it would pay off in the long run.

Connecting Nonprofits and Volunteers to Create a Culture of Service in India

With seven offices in India and 350 nonprofit partners, iVolunteer is one of the largest affiliates in Points of Light’s global network. Last year alone, the organization engaged more than 10,000 volunteers in service across 25 cities. However, it wasn’t always that way.

Serving a Cause Greater than Ourselves

The 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service – the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders in the world – brought thousands of people to Seattle the last week of June to answer this question, both for themselves and their societies.

How Tech Skills and Innovations Support Nonprofits, Increase Volunteer Impact

The Tech for Good track at the Conference on Volunteering and Service highlighted stories of civic-tech leaders who are using technology to help solve social problems, creating empathy in their communities and encouraging others to use their tech skills for good. 

With the MoonCatcher Project, She Provides Reusable Menstrual Pads to African Girls to Help Them Stay in School

At least once a month, Ellie von Wellsheim presides over sewing bees where she guides the hands of volunteers as they sew pieces of brightly colored fabric into reusable menstrual pads. The pads are destined for girls in Uganda, Malawi, and a host of other developing countries that lack the money and access to purchase feminine hygiene products.