Points of Light, a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization, recognized recipients of the Daily Point of Light Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year Award at the 2022 Points of Light Conference, held last week at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Nicole Castillo, a veteran of the United States Navy and United States Navy Reserve, was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities across America. In the past year, Castillo has volunteered over 278 hours with three nonprofit organizations in central Florida, including The Mission Continues, Special Olympics Central Florida and the St. Faustina Catholic Church in Clermont, Florida. Her volunteer service includes working with food banks to distribute meals throughout the pandemic, lending time as a special event day volunteer for the Special Olympics and welcoming parishioners as an usher.
Juju Chang, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, and a featured speaker at this year’s conference, was honored with a Daily Point of Light Award during her session on how leaders are leveraging their platforms to champion social change. Chang, who has been recognized for her in-depth personal narratives set against the backdrop of pressing national and international news, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
Teen volunteer Michelle Song was also honored with a Daily Point of Light Award during the conference’s Youth Summit, which featured inspirational stories from young civic leaders who are addressing serious issues facing our world. Through her interest in food and STEM education, Song formed the Community for Environmental Sustainability (CFES) to help raise fresh produce for communities located in food deserts and teach youth ways to help the ecosystem such as beekeeping and gardening. She has also been a member of the organization Love A Sea Turtle (LAST), a nonprofit focused on youth leadership and advocacy.
The Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Atlanta was presented with the 2022 CVC of the Year Award on July 13 for their clear purpose, meaningful educational activities and success as the primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting business that support employee community engagement. The award was presented to Cheryl Kortemeier, executive director, CVC of Atlanta, by Jeff Hoffman, Points of Light board member and president, Jeff Hoffman & Associates. This marks the third CVC of the Year award for the CVC of Atlanta, which earned the honor in the award’s inaugural year, 2006, and again in 2014.
About Points of Light
Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million people in 16 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit pointsoflight.org.