Blog Archive

Blog Archive

7 Service Projects That Made a Big Difference for the Community

Volunteers across the country come together each October for Make A Difference Day, united with a common mission to improve the lives of others through service projects. And each year, TEGNA recognizes 14 outstanding project leaders, awarding $140,000 in grants that are donated to the charities related to the winning projects. As we prepare for Make A Difference Day 2017, Points of Light is recognizing these extraordinary difference makers with Daily Point of Light Awards.

30 Days Illuminated by Bright Points of Light

A 60-second scroll on any digital device reveals the clutter of cynicism and spurious claims that we must constantly fight through to find stories about the light of humanity. But, that doesn’t stop us from constantly searching for those inspiring stories. And beyond being inspired, we’re constantly searching for swift and practical ways to work with others – friends, family, neighbors, coworkers – to do good.

Millennial Uses Technology to Connect Students, Communities Across the Globe

Picture a student in science class, seated at a desk, her computer on. The student isn’t writing a paper about her studies or reading class materials, according to Akash Patel. She is interacting with students halfway around the world in Australia, touring their classroom, hearing about what their science quiz will cover that week. The child, from her desk in America’s heartland, is experiencing a world she may never get to travel to – but because of the World Experiences Foundation, she’s learning from it.

The Critical Role of Volunteers in Hurricane-Affected Communities

As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico face the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Diana O'Neill, executive director of Long Island Volunteer Center, shares lessons learned and reflections on recovery after Superstorm Sandy — and how volunteers can help in disaster-affected areas today.

Bay Area Teen Rewrites the Story of Underprivileged Youth Through Literacy

“The single biggest indicator for academic success is having books at home,” said Fatima Yousef, the 16-year-old founder of the nonprofit Stories for a Future. While it’s a statistic she knows by heart, she also knows that having books may not be a reality for many low-income youth.

Employee Spotlight: Fighting Dirty for St. Jude in Battle Against Childhood Cancer

Growing up in a family that embraced volunteerism, Niki Huntsman learned early on the value of giving back – a value that informed her academic pursuits, and continues to motivate her work. Spending her days helping kids and teens connect to their power to change the world, outside the office Niki connects with causes close to her heart – particularly education, human trafficking, and supporting members of the military and veteran community. And, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty for a good cause!

How the Service Enterprise Initiative Drives Nonprofit Capacity Building

Nearly a decade ago, we noticed a troubling trend in California: one out of every three volunteers was leaving their service site within the first six months of their experience. Simply put, California nonprofits were not providing solid recruitment, on-boarding, training and recognition of volunteers. 

Helping Wounded Veterans and Their Caregivers Find Support and Healing

There is a consequence of war so huge and powerful that it can envelop a veteran’s entire life and dreams, upending his or her family’s lives as well. The internal anguish of post-traumatic stress and brain injury doesn’t always show on the outside. But it can be as difficult and frustrating – to both veterans and caregivers – as physical battle injuries, simmering relentlessly for decades and sometimes exploding at unexpected times.

Brooklyn Youth Team Up With NYPD to Create Community Mural

Throughout the country, relationships between police and community members has been strained and contentious. But in one Brooklyn community, police and youth are working together to bridge the gap, better understand one another, and beautify the community through service.

Arizona Teen Provides Backpacks and School Supplies to Give Every Child a Chance at Success

When Kaitlyn Martinez heard that one of her friends failed a homework assignment because she didn’t have the simple school supplies of a pencil and paper at home, she wanted to do something to help. Two years later, 14-year-old Kaitlyn is CEO of nonprofit Backpacks 4 Kids AZ, providing students across Arizona with backpacks full of the school supplies they need to succeed.