www.pointsoflight.orgPoints of Light

Many of us are still in the throes of our careers, some of us are cutting back on paid work, some are out of “paid work,” but as a generation, we are known as a group that gives back and likes to be involved. Points of Light was created as a non-profit in 1990 in response to President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural address in 1989 which outlined a vision of a “thousand points of lights” – individuals who are each making a difference in their communities.

For you or a relative or friend, it is worth checking out www.pointsoflight.org. Points of Light Institute “inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.” Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that support this mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator, which includes generationOn (youth service learning), AmeriCorps Alums, global volunteering and innovative corporate initiatives. HandsOn Network operates 250 action centers in 16 countries; you’ve got to believe there is a spot to interest you!

Points of Light Institute engages some of America’s leading corporations in employee volunteer programs and manages a department that evaluates, validates and measures the impact of volunteering. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving.  Points of Light Institute just co-convened the recent 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in NYC (we will have more on that in another blog) with the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Institute’s mobilization arm, HandsOn Network, can connect you with meaningful volunteer opportunities of every kind in your state or community.  To find the perfect fit for you or your parents, visit www.handsonnetwork.org. This site is very organized, easy to use, and filled with valuable resources.