Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Passion for Public Health and Commitment to Service Helps One Volunteer Find Her Fit

Sydney Lawrence was working as a scribe in the emergency department of a hospital and just about to begin graduate school to pursue a certificate in public health when, in a chance meeting, she heard about an organization called HOLA – a nonprofit dedicated to providing sustainable healthcare solutions to developing countries in Latin America.

How to Help Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to strike the United States since the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw such devastating storms as Katrina and Wilma. Points of Light is currently supporting first responder organizations, and coordinating with our affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas. If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do now to help

Country Music Star Shares His Heart and Voice to Lift Up Nation's Wounded Heroes

Country music legend Lee Greenwood has a voice, and a heart, for service. As the national ambassador for Helping a Hero, he flies all over the country to perform and present wounded soldiers with keys to new, handicap-accessible homes. He is also a spokesperson for Disabled American Veterans, “Products for Good” and the Honor 1 Campaign. Lee has performed his iconic 1983 hit, “God Bless the USA,” at numerous charitable events throughout his career, including a performance at New York City’s Yankee Stadium just a few days after 9/11.

Friendship Inspires One Girl to 'Light Up the World' for SMA Awareness

“In elementary school, my best friend, Kale, was in a wheelchair and I didn’t know why,” said Bailey Walter. “It took me a long time to ask about it, but in fourth grade I talked to his mom and found out he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 18 months old.” Bailey told her mom she wanted to help.

Mobilizing Corporate and Community Volunteers to Improve Veterans’ Lives, One Home Repair at a Time

Providing support for the men and women who have served in the armed forces is a priority for many social organizations across the United States. Among the critical needs being addressed by these groups, such as providing access to healthcare, education and employment, is the need to help veterans find and maintain safe, sustainable housing. HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a Points of Light affiliates, has stepped up to this challenge, leveraging the power of corporate partnerships and volunteers to have an impact on the local veteran community.

Turning Passion into Action, Skilled Cook Empowers Young People to Make Healthy Food Choices

Kim Doyle Wille, a Colorado native, has been passionate about cooking since she was a young girl creating meals in her childhood home. Creating a nonprofit focused on healthy food options for the students and families in Garfield County was a natural way to turn that passion into action.
 

Employee Spotlight: Volunteering as a Family Offers Lessons in Compassion and Kindness

As senior manager of our global team, Andrea Thomas can frequently be found on the phone, speaking with member organizations of the Points of Light global network, who are working to solve problems through service in their communities around the world. Off the phone, Andrea and her family – daughter, Amanda, and husband, Steve – are active volunteers with HandsOn Atlanta. Volunteer service has become a tradition for their family and they participate in a variety of activities, with particular interest in projects that benefit senior citizens or at-risk children.

Providing Opportunities for Central American Youth to Rise Above Violence and Unrest to Create Positive Change

The high rates of violence in Central America have caused many citizens, including youth, to flee their countries in search of a better life elsewhere. The result has been a greater push by social organizations in these countries and bordering nations to support youth and, ideally, equip them to spark change and improve their communities – rather than leave them. Glasswing International is one such organization.

At Michigan Retirement Community, Volunteer Records Memories to Last

As Gwen Joseph revisited hours and hours of family memories – Christmas Eves spent with her extended family celebrating their Swedish traditions with performances, a family choir and food – the familiar sounds of joy brought her back to those moments, captured by her grandfather, who would hit record on the tape player at the start of the night and let the tape roll.

Frontline Families AmeriCorps Member Serves Veterans, Promotes Fire Safety in Her Community

Wendy Samples may have been the only Frontline Families AmeriCorps member in the entire state of Mississippi over the last year, but her friend and colleague, Heath Dearman, said she has been the perfect fit for this role.

Through Local ServiceWorks Program, Citi Employee Finds the Perfect Opportunity to Serve

Robert McGhee has been a part of the Chicago banking community for more than two decades, with roles in retail banking, mortgage banking and community affairs. He supports the Citi Foundation’s partnership with Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service to bring a groundbreaking initiative, ServiceWorks, to help underserved youth in U.S. cities where the economic downturn has intensified their struggles.