The Points of Light Blog on Volunteering and Social Good

The Points of Light blog celebrates the power of volunteers to change the world – whether it’s a mom leading a homegrown disaster relief drive, an athlete wielding his celebrity for good instead of goods or a kid who collects socks for the homeless. We believe individuals, community groups, corporations and the government play key roles in addressing the critical issues of our time – from the economy to education, the environment to emergency preparedness. Through the stories of volunteers – and tips and advice that support volunteer service – we recognize our personal power to transform ourselves and our communities.

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generationOn and FamilyFun Magazine Partner to Develop Volunteer Project Enabling Kids, Teens and Families to Help Children in Need
generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, partnered with FamilyFun Magazine to create a Capes for Kids project guide to encourage kids, teens, and families across the country to make capes for children in homeless shelters and hospitals to remind them to be strong, have hope, and keep going when times are tough.

Social Impact & Volunteering

10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service
Each year, thousands of people who really care about the future of volunteer service convene at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service – to learn from, share with and get inspired by one another, and to work together to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of the work they do.

Social Impact & Volunteering

Here’s How Your Kids Can Spread Joy This Holiday Season
Your kids can help brighten the holidays for others through the generationOn Joy Maker Challenge, which engages youth in volunteer service. During the challenge – through Dec. 23 – Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots for every child or teen who signs up and volunteers, up to $1 million worth.

Social Impact & Volunteering

How to Respond to Tragic Events with Compassionate Parenting
As parents, teachers and caring adults try to calm the fears of children and bring them comfort after the recent events in Paris and around the world, a particularly moving video of a dad explaining the attacks in Paris to his young son has flooded the Internet.

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Raising Compassionate Kids Through Acts of Kindness and Volunteer Service
In honor of Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 21, Points of Light and Disney are recognizing families with the Daily Point of Light Award. Meet the Sjolseths of McKinney, Texas, and nominate someone in your community.

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A Walk in the Woods Leads to an Unexpected Journey for This Veteran
This week, in honor of Veterans Day, we celebrate the men and women who have served our country, who today are channeling that impulse to serve to make a difference in their communities. Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree, Sean Gobin.

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Giving Kids Who Have Lost Limbs the Chance to Run, Play and Act Like Kids
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. Recently, at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston, Points of Light honored awardees from the U.S. and the U.K. who are dedicated to serving young amputees around the world.

Social Impact & Volunteering

10-Year-Old, Once Homeless, Now Makes Clothes for Homeless Kids
Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Xavier Elliot. Read his story and nominate an outstanding volunteer or organization as a Point of Light.

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A Helpless Feeling on 9/11 Sparked Motivation After Hurricane Katrina

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This Teen Captures the Imagination of Homeless Kids With His Favorite Childhood Toy
Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Grant Mercer. Read his story and nominate an outstanding volunteer or organization as a Point of Light.
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