The Daily Points of Light

January 19, 2018

When Kristian Toimil, 28, signed up to volunteer with HandsOn Miami in 2009, he wasn’t sure how he would apply his passion for service and giving back. Toimil took advantage of the organization's flexible volunteering model to "hop" between...

January 18, 2018

Danbury, Connecticut, resident Mary Gallo Teicholz has organized the town's annual "Walk of Honor" event for the past six years. The event spotlights a local veteran who has served in combat, thanking them for their service with a special Walk of...

January 17, 2018

After Hurricane Harvey devastated the greater Houston area, many residents stepped up to help their fellow Houstonians. One of those volunteers was Bryan Grant, who used organizational skills honed at his day job as part of Halliburton’s Global...

January 16, 2018

In 2005, Heather Von St. James was a new mom, having just welcomed a baby girl named Lily Rose. The 36-year-old was planning to take a few months off to spend time with her newborn, and then go back to the career she loved as a hairdresser and...

January 15, 2018

For Annie Moore, Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a beloved community didn’t die when he was assassinated. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Annie’s passion is to revitalize her Atlanta neighborhood, bringing to life Dr. King’s...

January 12, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Nick Moncilovich already has more than five years of volunteer service under his belt. Nick credits his mom for nudging him in the direction of service. But for this hard-working high schooler, serving solo wasn’t the plan. He...

January 11, 2018

High school senior Abinaya Ramakrishnan founded the Muzik Academy, an organization that pairs volunteer high school student music teachers with elementary and middle school students, three years ago. Her goal was to make music lessons...

January 10, 2018

Rita Figueroa, a customer service representative for AT&T, has earned a lot of titles — champion, coach, and mentor are just a few that that she is most proud of. For nearly 15 years, Rita was a powerhouse Chicago boxer, earning a spot in...

January 9, 2018

When Margery Hexton was 68 years old, in 1994, she moved from her home in Chicago to the rural island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii to be near her daughter and grandchildren during retirement. Although her family was there, she left behind...

January 8, 2018

In 2009, Harley Helman was inspired by her love for animals to start Blankets Fur Beasties, a nonprofit that collects new and used baby blankets, quilts, sheets, towels, pet food and dog and cat toys for critters in local shelters. The...

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