Points of Light

At Michigan Retirement Community, Volunteer Records Memories to Last


As Gwen Joseph revisited hours and hours of family memories – Christmas Eves spent with her extended family celebrating their Swedish traditions with performances, a family choir and food – the familiar sounds of joy brought her back to those moments, captured by her grandfather, who would hit record on the tape player at the start of the night and let the tape roll.

Through ServiceWorks Program, Citi Employee Finds the Perfect Opportunity to Serve


Robert McGhee, vice president of community development at Citi, has been a part of the Chicago banking community for more than two decades, with roles in retail banking, mortgage banking and community affairs. He supports the Citi Foundation’s partnership with Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service to bring a groundbreaking initiative, ServiceWorks, to help underserved youth in U.S. cities where the economic downturn has intensified their struggles.

Frontline Families AmeriCorps Member Serves Veterans, Local Community


Wendy Samples may have been the only Frontline Families AmeriCorps member in the entire state of Mississippi over the last year, but her friend and colleague, Heath Dearman, said she has been the perfect fit for this role.

Former VISTA with Persistent Passion for Service Helps Feed Denver’s Hungry


Barbara Motichka has spent the majority of her life giving back to the communities where she’s lived, not just through volunteerism, but also by helping those around her become stronger and more successful volunteers.

In her 20s, Barbara left her home in New York to become a VISTA, now AmeriCorps VISTA, helping migrants in Utah before eventually moving to Colorado. Volunteering has always been Barbara’s passion and it only made sense for her to return to it full force after she retired.

College-Bound Girl Scout Starts Nonprofit to Save the Bees


Two years ago, Elizabeth Klosky was brainstorming ideas with her father on what to do for her Girl Scouts Gold Award project when she had the idea to do something to protect bees. She and her father had just begun to keep bees in the yard, but when she realized how important they were to the environment – and that certain bee populations around the world were struggling – she wanted to help.

Initially, her idea was to go to events focused on nature and environmental issues, reach out to people there and set up a few native bee houses.

Air Force Veteran Uses Her Own Brand of “Magic” to Serve Her Community as a Frontline Families AmeriCorps Member


When it comes to serving her community, Angela Collins speaks about the “magic” – or individual talents – of each person involved. One’s “magic,” she explained, is his or her natural talent, an ordinary thing that he or she does better than most. Angela believes that each person’s skills are magic to everyone else. “So when you figure out what people’s magic is and you put it to use in the community, to build community, to create community, to bring people together, that’s where the magic happens,” Angela said.

Points of Light Names Natalye Paquin as New CEO

Paquin Joins Leading Volunteer Service Organization in September 2017
Press Release

ATLANTA, July 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Points of Light board of directors announced today that Natalye Paquin, chief transformation officer at the Girl Scouts of the USA, has been selected as its new CEO. Paquin, who will join Points of Light in September 2017, brings extensive experience in organizational leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and a record of impact-driven results.

Timberland Shares Its Approach to Building Strong Communities at Points of Light Conference in Seattle


Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland recently joined other community-minded companies at the National Conference on Service and Volunteering in Seattle. The annual conference, organized by Points of Light, is the largest service-focused gathering of non-profit, government, business and civic leaders in the world.

With the MoonCatcher Project, This Woman Supplies Reusable Menstrual Pads to African Girls to Help Them Stay in School


At least once a month, Ellie von Wellsheim presides over sewing bees where she guides the hands of volunteers as they sew pieces of brightly colored fabric into reusable menstrual pads. The pads are destined for girls in Uganda, Malawi, and a host of other developing countries that lack the money and access to purchase feminine hygiene products.

With I Am Waters, One Woman Brings Hope and Hydration to the Homeless


Seven years ago, Elena Davis was sitting at an intersection when a homeless woman approached her car. She immediately began to rummage around for spare change. But, when she rolled down the window to hand over the coins, Elena was surprised to be met with a different request.

The woman didn’t want money. She wanted water.

Elena was floored by the realization that something so essential to human life was out of reach for many of America’s homeless population.


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