Posted in 2017 Seattle on Jun 27, 2017
A common theme throughout the Conference on Volunteering and Service was enthusiasm for national service programs. When at the Service Unites Summit Points of Light board chair Neil Bush asked, “Who here stands with Points of Light in 100 percent supporting national service?” the entire concert hall rose to its feet. Conference attendees shared their enthusiasm for national service throughout the Service Unites Summit through cheers, applause and social media.
Posted in 2017 Seattle on Jun 26, 2017
The 2017 Conference on Volunteering and Service gathered civic innovators, activists, volunteers and corporate citizens with the purpose and answering the question – how do we turn unpreceded and growing interest in action-oriented civic engagement into positive, measurable change. Every year, Conference is an opportunity for changemakers to come together and rediscover the many ways that service unites – bringing together people from all walks of life for the common goal of building stronger communities and affecting change.
Posted in 2017 Seattle on Jun 23, 2017
During this year's Conference on Volunteering and Service, and with the generous support of Target, youth in and around the Seattle metropolitan area were invited to complete interactive and engaging workshops to develop a service project that positively impacts their community.
At the 2017 Conference on Volunteering and Service, Points of Light honored the Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities as 2017 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year for serving as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting businesses that support employee volunteerism.
In difficult times, we often look to humanitarian groups to support those in need. Since the onset of the refugee crisis, this has certainly been the case in Brazil – where the number of refugees has doubled each year since 2011. Atados, the winner of Points of Light’s 2017 George W. Romney Award, adapted its successful volunteer engagement model to respond to the global refugee crisis and provide aid to the people taking refuge in Brazil.
Posted in 2017 Seattle on Jun 20, 2017
Encompassing the themes of movement making, women’s empowerment, and economic and social justice, the Service Unites Summit at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle featured individuals from across the globe – coming together around the shared belief that being in the service of others can change the world. Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle, welcomed attendees in Lushootseed, the Duwamish native language; Kayah George, a young Tulalip and Tsleil-Waututh scholar, activist and leader, opened the summit with the powerful message that it is compassion that makes one strong, and there is no limit to the extent of human kindness.