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Teen Builds Friendships, Fosters Acceptance Through Inclusive Team Sports

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For Josh Kaplan, giving back to the community is part of who he is. Driven by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world,” he believes each of us has the power to create change and participate meaningfully in the world around us.

Points of Light Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through National Day of Service

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country will participate in the largest volunteer day of the year, improving their communities and addressing issues facing our nation through volunteer service and civic dialogue
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ATLANTA, January 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Points of Light, with support from KPMG Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan.

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Invests $100,000 in Two Startups Advancing Workforce Innovation

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator graduates 11 civic ventures that are addressing ways to improve educational and workforce outcomes to prepare individuals for 21st century employment
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ATLANTA, January 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in ReciproCare (Washington, D.C.), a for-profit enterprise, and La Cocina VA (Arlington, Virginia), a nonprofit enterprise. Both ventures are focused on access and pathways to employment to help more individuals and families succeed.

In Search of the Most Community-Minded Companies in the Nation, Points of Light Launches Survey for the 2018 Civic 50

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WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017 /3BL Media/ - This week, Points of Light opened the survey for the 2018 Civic 50, an annual initiative that recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year. Now in its sixth year, the Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Family of Volunteers Are a Bright Light in Their Storm-Darkened Puerto Rico Community

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As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico face the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Points of Light is honoring everyday citizens who stepped up to serve their communities during the immediate response and to embark on the long road to recovery. 

Sociology Professor Helps Students Bridge the Generation Gap With Service

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Finding a common thread between generations can sometimes be difficult these days. So, when one of Dr. Keith Whitworth’s students brought Cycling Without Age to his attention, he immediately jumped at the opportunity to bring the program to Texas Christian University.

With Growing Community Garden Initiative, Teen Tackles Hunger and Obesity in Missouri

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Sophie Bernstein always wanted to grow her own garden. At 12 years old, she was looking for a meaningful project to complete for her bat mitzvah – something that would serve a larger purpose and help the community. Sophie realized she had the perfect opportunity to start her garden, while also benefitting others by donating the crops that her garden produced to the local food bank. She had no idea where that project would take her.

Siblings Create Online Platform to Help Kids With Learning Differences Discover the Joy of Reading

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For some kids and teens, developing a love of reading can be difficult. After their family experienced this firsthand, siblings Alana, Jacob and Reuben Blumenstein founded KidsRead2Kids.com to help promote both the love of reading, as well as access to reading for youth and adults alike.

For This Family, Making Time to Volunteer Means Making Time to Spend Together

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In honor of Family Volunteer Day on Nov. 18, Points of Light and Disney are recognizing families with the Daily Point of Light Award. 

As a mom with two teenage daughters, Susan Birthright says finding dedicated time to spend together can be a challenge. That’s why she looks forward to her regular weekend volunteering projects with her daughters, Caitlin, age 14, and Morgan, age 16.

“I like volunteering with my daughters because it allows us to give back,” says Susan. “When we volunteer together, we know that time is family time.”

Points of Light and The Walt Disney Company “Share the Joy” With Those Who Need It Most by Encouraging Families to Volunteer on Family Volunteer Day, November 18

More than two decades of commitment to strengthen communities through family volunteering
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NEW YORK, November 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Family Volunteer Day, powered by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, is a global day of service created to encourage families to volunteer together in support of their neighborhoods and communities – not only on Nov. 18, 2017, the day of the event, but also throughout the holiday season and every day during the year.

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