Press Releases

October 20, 2015
HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2015 - The Daily Point of Light Award, created by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, celebrates the power of individuals to spark change and improve the world. In 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron started the daily award in the U.K. to recognize outstanding individuals who are voluntarily making change in their communities and inspiring others. Today at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston, awardees from the U.S. and the U.K. are honored for their dedication to serving young amputees around the world.
October 19, 2015
HOUSTON, Oct. 19, 2015 - On the first day of the Conference on Volunteering and Service, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Houston, two sisters from College Station, Texas, will be honored for their love of reading that led to a community project that brings books and blankets to children in need. Harper and Maggie Cunningham, are the Daily Point of Light Award honorees today. The Daily Point of Light Award, created by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, celebrates the power of individuals to spark change and improve the world.
September 24, 2015
HOUSTON, Sept. 24, 2015 – The Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, providing the singular opportunity for thousands to come together to shape the future of volunteerism, will be held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 19-21. The 2015 Conference will include some of the most recognized names in leadership, entertainment and philanthropy, all joining attendees to celebrate volunteering and service and highlight the impact of Points of Light.
September 22, 2015
LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 22, 2015 – 2U, Inc. is partnering with AmeriCorps Alums to provide its members with a $5,000 tuition benefit toward quality graduate degrees at top-tier universities in business, government, social work and mental health, health care, education, and other high-demand career areas. 2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential.
September 22, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 22, 2015 – Today, Points of Light launched its search for The Civic 50 companies of 2015. The Civic 50 is an initiative that names the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation every year. Civic 50 companies are the trailblazers for demonstrating how companies can use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in communities where they do business. Since 2012, Civic 50 companies have shown that by strategically aligning purpose with profit they can do well by doing good.
September 8, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – will host a multigenerational event on the grounds of the Washington Monument, bringing together veterans and school children to benefit children of military families. Sept. 11 was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.
September 4, 2015
ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2015 – On the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – will host a multigenerational event in Washington, D.C., on the grounds of the Washington Monument, bringing together veterans and school children to benefit children of military families.
September 2, 2015
Company’s Leading Brands Will Be Provided to Approximately 130,000 Teachers, Benefiting More Than 3.7 Million Students
August 25, 2015
ATLANTA, Aug. 25, 2015 – Kaiser Permanente and Points of Light today announced that volunteers from across the country who served along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina are being honored with the Daily Point of Light Award. One honoree left in the middle of the night to get to Biloxi, Mississippi, to help coordinate evacuation. Another used the Internet to coordinate volunteers and resources. All honorees responded with exceptional efforts and left a lasting impact.
July 24, 2015
ATLANTA, July 24, 2015 – Today, 75 AmeriCorps VISTA members will take the pledge of service administered by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, as part of ServiceWorks, a national program addressing barriers to youth economic opportunity. More than 150 civic and corporate leaders, non-profit executives and elected officials will attend the swearing-in ceremony held at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Grammy-award winning artist J. Ivy will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Mark Swinton, Producer at Tyler Perry Studios, will deliver the keynote address.
July 16, 2015
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, today announced a global campaign to encourage kids to volunteer in their school, neighborhood, or broader community. Kicking off today online and with international events beginning July 25, in advance of the globally recognized International Day of Friendship on July 30, the campaign uses the core cast of characters from the iconic MY LITTLE PONY brand to teach children about helping others and the power of friendship.
June 30, 2015
ATLANTA, June 30, 2015 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Mission Propelle (formerly Smarty Pants Yoga) and Move This World – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both are creating greater opportunities for women and girls to succeed in today’s economy. The Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator and investment fund in the country focused on “civic ventures” – for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The goal of the accelerator is to equip each startup to seek investments and scale their social innovations.
June 29, 2015
HOUSTON, June 29, 2015 – The Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, providing the singular opportunity for thousands to come together to shape the future of volunteerism, will be held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 19-21. The 2015 Conference marks Points of Light’s 25th anniversary and will include some of the most recognized names in leadership, entertainment and philanthropy, all joining attendees to celebrate volunteering and service and highlight the impact of Points of Light, 25 years since it was established by President George H. W. Bush.
June 13, 2015
NEW YORK, June 13, 2015 – Today Citi celebrates its 10th annual Global Community Day, as more than 77,000 Citi volunteers in 487 cities spanning 93 countries and territories engage in service activities to benefit their local communities. As part of efforts to enable progress in cities across the globe, this annual event also highlights the depth of engagement Citi has with its partners. ServiceWorks – powered by AmeriCorps, the Citi Foundation and Points of Light – is a groundbreaking, national program that uses volunteer service as a strategy to help 25,000 underserved young adults in targeted U.S. cities develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.
April 15, 2015
generationOn, Points of Light’s youth service division is taking its mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service to Los Angeles for its first ever west coast Block Party. The event will be held Saturday, April 18, at Fox Studios and will recognize Hasbro Community Action Heroes who are making a difference in their local communities, and William Morris Endeavor (WME) for their commitment to youth and arts in communities around the world.

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