Points of Light is the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

We envision a society where it is easy for every person to drive change in their community, and in the world. We will be a cultural catalyst, working in partnership with organizations and individuals to build a society where it is impossible to sit on the sidelines. We’ll define a new kind of volunteerism for the 21st century, one that calls on people to give their time, talents, voice and resources in service to build a brighter future for all.

The Points of Light mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which everyone discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

The Points of Light Global Network

Points of Light and our network of innovative volunteer-mobilizing organizations serves more than 250 cities across 37 countries around the world. Together we offer creative, impactful and inspiring ways for people to take action and engage in their communities. See the difference we are making.

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Our History: How Volunteering Became a Movement

In his 1989 inaugural address, our founder President George H.W. Bush shared his vision of "a thousand points of light" — individuals and organizations across the nation helping others through service. Today, Points of Light transcends politics and borders to inspire millions worldwide.


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