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  • Here I Am: Reflecting on Points of Light’s Service Unites Conference with Repair the World

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jul 19, 2018

    Guest post from Emma Saltzberg, Education Justice Fellow, Repair the World NYC: The first time I visited Atlanta was on a civil rights driving tour of the American South when I was in high school. We visited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace and final resting place, as well as the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. How fitting it was, then, to return to Atlanta again almost 10 years later, in a continuing fight for human rights and social and racial justice with Repair the World.

  • Who Will Lead Us? How Higher Education and Community Partners are Developing the Next Generation of America’s Leaders

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jul 18, 2018

    Guest post from Bill Flores, Former President, University of Houston-Downtown: With 10 panels and interactive workshops (up from three sessions last year), the Higher Education Learning Path at this year’s conference reflects the growing interest of higher education institutions in developing volunteerism and service. Developing tomorrow’s leaders through civic engagement served as a common theme for the Learning Path workshops.

  • People, Participation & Partnerships: Lessons from Service Unites

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jul 11, 2018

    Guest post from Alison Doerfler, Senior Vice President of Capacity Building at Points of Light, and Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies: At last month’s Service Unites conference, some 3,000 leaders and learners committed to service and volunteerism in Points of Light’s hometown of Atlanta. Between the two of us, we have attended this conference for more than 10 years, and this year three themes quickly emerged and guided our experiences during our four days in Atlanta

  • Top 5 Takeaways from Service Unites: A Nonprofit Perspective

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jun 28, 2018

    Guest post from Kaira Esgate, CEO of America's Service Commissions: It’s been one week since I returned home from the Service Unites conference, and I’m still feeling energized by what I heard and who I met in Atlanta. Attending Service Unites is always a bit like a homecoming for me. It’s that chance once a year to regroup with colleagues from across the country, celebrate our track record as a team (i.e., the service “family”), hear from some of the greatest minds and players in the field, and rally together for our common cause: service and volunteerism.

  • Announcing the 2018 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jun 25, 2018

    During the Service Unites conference, Points of Light honored the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston as the 2018 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year, recognizing their service as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting businesses that support employee volunteerism. The award recognizes corporate volunteer councils – local networks for businesses to share best practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering – that have a clear purpose, meaningful and educational activities, and measurements for success.

  • Service Unites Conference Inspires Thousands to Ignite Civic Culture and Spark Change Through Volunteerism

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta, Press Releases on Jun 22, 2018

    Service Unites 2018, powered by Points of Light, kicked off in Atlanta on June 18 with a carefully crafted series of events at some of the most unique and distinctively Atlanta venues, including the historic Fox Theatre, the World of Coca-Cola and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The gathering, hosted at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, brought together nearly 2,000 civic leaders from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors, and from 38 countries, to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally.

  • Points of Light Honors Jesse Williams, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and Dwight Howard with Daily Point of Light Awards at Service Unites

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta, Press Releases on Jun 20, 2018

    ATLANTA – Service Unites 2018, powered by Points of Light, convened nearly 2,000 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders from 38 countries to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally. During the three-day Atlanta event, Points of Light recognized four inspiring changemakers by presenting them with Daily Point of Light Awards, a prestigious honor started by President George H.W. Bush during his presidency. Points of Light also announced the 2018 honorees of The Civic 50, a recognition of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

  • Welcome to Atlanta, from Mayor Keish Lance Bottoms

    Posted in 2018 Atlanta on Jun 17, 2018

    As the 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, it is my pleasure to welcome attendees of the Points of Light Service Unites conference, which provides civic leaders, corporations, government agencies and nonprofits with an exceptional opportunity to engage in dialogue that will address solutions to pressing community issues. I commend the attendees of the Service Unites conference for working diligently to be at the forefront of national and international service missions.

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What Others Are Saying

This is one of the few events where all members of the social good sector are in attendance. With business, nonprofit and public sectors attending, we can dig deeper and have cross-sector conversations.

— 2018 Atlanta Attendee

The conference proved to be one of the most engaging and exciting professional gatherings of like-minded people I've ever attended. Although the topics, content, and presentations all appropriately centered around volunteering and service in some way, the sheer range of them was simply astounding.

— 2017 Seattle Attendee