Press Releases

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.
April 14, 2015
Hasbro Inc. and generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, have named ten inspiring youth as Hasbro Community Action Heroes for making an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The ten service leaders, ages 6 to 17, have made a difference both in their hometown communities and across the world through hands-on service projects that create awareness for important social issues.
April 14, 2015
Points of Light will lead the nation in celebrating ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. This annual event honors the people and organizations dedicated to taking action and addressing problems in their communities. National Volunteer Week draws the support and endorsement of President Barack Obama, who issued a national proclamation, and members of Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups.
April 13, 2015
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 14 ventures selected to participate in its spring 2015 program. This will be the sixth round of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures come from across the U.S. and include for-profits, nonprofits and hybrids that are creating opportunities for women and girls to succeed in today’s economy.
March 9, 2015
NEW YORK – March 9, 2015 – Points of Light is proud to partner with CBS EcoMedia to support the Viewers to Volunteers (V2V) community. Viewers to Volunteers, which launches today at, is a new digital platform that empowers consumers to support causes they care about, for free. By watching and reading compelling and inspiring articles and videos on their smartphones, tablets and computers, and sharing these positive stories with others over social media, consumers direct funding to a variety of education, wellness and environmental projects across the country.
February 27, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 27, 2015 – First Book and Points of Light today announced that five volunteers from across the country – all dedicated to improving literacy in their communities – will receive the Daily Point of Light Award. One honoree encourages kids to read to his dogs. Another wraps books as birthday presents. In ways that are meaningful to them, all are helping our nation’s children learn to read.
February 23, 2015
ATLANTA, Feb. 23, 2015 – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), AmeriCorps Alums – a Points of Light enterprise – today announced five winners of its National Leadership Awards, all of whom exemplify a commitment to a lifetime of service and bringing communities out of poverty. The 50th anniversary honors VISTA’s legacy of strengthening communities and creating opportunities that lift individuals out of poverty.
February 11, 2015
ATLANTA – Feb. 11, 2015 – Points of Light Board Chair Neil Bush announced today that Tracy Hoover, who has served as Points of Light’s president for the past 18 months, has been named the organization’s new chief executive officer. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Points of Light board.
January 16, 2015

Organizations Mobilize Hundreds of Thousands on the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

#MeetupMonday, Sunday Suppers Encourage Face-to-Face Conversations