While siblings Gabriel and Chandler Wimmer celebrated their first-place at the 2014 VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California, something struck them as odd. The competition hosted more than 10,000 teams from around the world, but the brothers were curious why they didn’t see more teams there – given that there are tens of thousands of elementary and secondary schools in the United States alone.
While most children are probably unaware of what lobbying is, legally blind Florida teen Paloma Rambana has been doing it since she was just 10 years old. Realizing there was an unfair imbalance in the resources available for visually impaired kids ages 6 to 13, she knew she had to do something to help her peers receive equal services.
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria left the island of Puerto Rico devastated and millions of resident without power, the Reyes Torres family stepped up to support to their neighbors in the wake of the disaster. Volunteering together as a family, they've helped remove downed trees and trash, and offered general support to members of their community in need.
On International Volunteer Day, Points of Light is recognizing volunteers in communities around the world who answer the call to serve, every day and especially in times of need. However, for most of us this is a day like any other. What we at Points of Light are seeing in neighborhoods across the 35 countries where our global network operates, is a dramatic awakening and proliferation of changemaking. Hundreds of thousands of individuals doing something to brighten their communities.