Press Releases

December 22, 2010
Points of Light Institute announces it has plans to acquire All for Good—the leader in service discovery across the social graph. Founded in 2009, All for Good is an open source database of volunteer opportunities, aggregating content from a wide range of partners and distributing these listings on as well as across the Internet via its free API.
December 16, 2010

For Each Pledge Made, Hasbro Is Donating a Toy to a Child in Need
This Holiday Season through Toys for Tots

November 18, 2010
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year.

October 27, 2010
Atlanta (October 27, 2010) - The world's largest game of virtual tag launches today on, harnessing the power of social networks to inspire people to create positive change in their communities. HandsOn Network has created the game, which includes more than $25,000 in cash awards for top-tagging participants and their favorite charities.

September 21, 2010
ATLANTA (September 20, 2010) – Points of Light Institute has announced it will mobilize 500,000 volunteer leaders as its contribution toward the goals of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Points of Light’s commitment, to be announced at the CGI annual meeting this week, will be in the form of the Get HandsOn Campaign, a 3-year effort to inspire and mobilize 500,000 volunteer leaders to create positive change in their communities, particularly in the areas of education, the environment, the economy, and emergency preparedness and recovery.

August 9, 2010
Global Ambassador of Youth Award recognizes her decades of work to inspire and mobilize young people to change their communities in meaningful ways

Atlanta (August 6, 2010) - Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network, is receiving the inaugural Global Ambassador of Youth Award tonight from the New Look Foundation, founded by Usher Raymond IV. The award will be presented in Atlanta at a star-studded gala, whose honorary co-chairs are Usher and former President William Clinton.

July 23, 2010
New National Partnership Will Revitalize Learning Environments And Help Support Dropout Prevention Efforts

ATLANTA (July 22, 2010) – HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute and the largest volunteer network in the nation, is partnering with Fidelity Investments ®, one of the world's largest providers of financial services, to help revitalize the learning environments in 11 middle schools across the United States.

July 2, 2010
ATLANTA (June 17, 2010) – As corporations and citizens struggle with continuing crucial challenges in education, the economy, and the environment, Points of Light Institute is honoring four companies and a business volunteer council for their extraordinary employee volunteer efforts to solve community problems. AT&T, Campbell Soup Company, Intel Corporation, and Old National Bank will each receive the 2010 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for building strong and effective volunteer programs to improve the communities where they operate.
June 30, 2010
Largest volunteer network in the nation to recruit, train and mobilize 50,000 to region June 30, 2010 (NEW YORK CITY) - As millions of Americans bear the brunt of one of the nation's worst-ever environmental disasters, Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network CEO Michelle Nunn and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will meet in New York to strategize on the needs of Gulf Coast residents and how the power of volunteerism can help the region recover from the ongoing oil spill.
June 10, 2010

Washington, DC—First Lady Michelle Obama and four Cabinet Secretaries, joined Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move. today. The new initiative will get more Americans volunteering to combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss among youth.

April 22, 2010
Washington, DC (April 15, 2010) - The remarkable founders of AARP and of the National Urban League will be honored during National Volunteer Week. Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP, and Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes, co-founders of the National Urban League, will be inducted posthumously into The Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway. These heroes will be celebrated at a reception on April 20, 2010, during the annual week that celebrates people in action.

April 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC (April 15) - During National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, Points of Light Institute will join the nation in celebrating ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. Points of Light Institute will tell their individual stories and honor their achievements with events and unique service projects across the nation.

"National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize remarkable service leaders and the tireless citizens who drive change in communities. Volunteer service is at the center of our
March 10, 2010
March 9, 2010 - "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" - a first-of-its-kind program of Disney Parks - reached its goal of inspiring 1 million people in 2010 to give back to their communities through volunteer service in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Since the program started just 10 weeks ago, on Jan. 1, a million people already have volunteered or have committed to volunteer in their communities, according to Disney Parks and HandsOn Network, the nation's largest volunteer network and a facilitator of "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day."

January 15, 2010
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2010 Volunteers help with Haiti relief Mayors, top officials and more than 100,000 volunteers to lead 1,500 Service Projects and 150+ Town Hall Meetings

November 23, 2009
Leaders kick off local planning for world's largest volunteer gathering, June 28-30, 2010

(New York City) - Signifying the growing high-level momentum for service, organizers of the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service today announced a dynamic and influential group of national leaders to serve on the host committee for the annual conference, taking place June 28-30 in New York City.