Points of Light Institute
Rating: 3.67 stars 3 3 reviews 105
Issues: Disaster Aid, Philanthropy, Economic Development
Location: 1875 K Street NW, 5th Floor Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 USA
Programs: Points of Light Foundation 2006 National Conference on Volunteering and Service is the premier training and education event in volunteer management, community volunteering and national service leadership for nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies and Volunteer Centers. It is the nation's largest gathering on volunteering, where more than 3,000 leaders, thinkers and doers come together for three days of education, discussion and professional networking. Joined by leading federal and state officials, and executives from the business community, the attendees at this conference set the tone and agenda for community service in America and around the world. The conference will be held June 18 - 20, 2006, in Seattle, WA. Register at www.volunteeringandservice.org. Disaster Relief. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the devastation that has occurred in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the rest of the Gulf Coast Region has reached unimaginable proportions, and the extent of the damage caused is still unfolding. Volunteer Centers in the affected areas are reeling from the impact and from the demands for assistance that they are receiving from their community. Currently the Centers are helping to recruit and place volunteers in shelters and other areas identified by their local emergency management offices. The Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway National Monument. The nation's only monument located in Washington, D.C. will be built to honor our country's greatest volunteers - those who have changed the world by going the extra mile for others. When completed, more than 70 custom designed circular bronze medallions, each representing an honoree, will form a pathway that will occupy a mile-long pathway adjacent to the White House and will be the basis for a nationally distributed service learning curriculum. 1-800-VOLUNTEER.org A national Internet and/or Telecommunications - based volunteer recruitment, referral, and tracking resource portal that is locally managed and staffed by Volunteer Centers across the country. 1-800-VOLUNTEER provides a direct connection to local volunteer opportunities matched to a volunteer's interests and skills. The President's Volunteer Service Awards program is administered on behalf of The White House by the Points of Light Foundation. More than 1.3 million Presidential Volunteer Service Awards will be conferred to honor various levels of service over the next three-years. Any individual or family in America that has made a sustained commitment to volunteer service during the course of a one-year time period are eligible, with an additional life-time achievement award for 4,000 cumulative volunteer hours available as well. Sign up at www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov.
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Just such a terrible terrible mess. I received falsified spending reports, the promises made were not kept, the only staff members I found smart, valuable or helpful never stay long and then I am stuck talking to the same two or three people that have been there for years, never listen, talk over me. You get the idea.
The technology they sold us didn't work as promised and the solution was endless calls telling us how we used it wrong and not seeing their own errors or lack or usefulness of he tool they sold. Did the review above mine call the technology pre-eminent? They must have low standards.
My employer prides itself on making smart investments in nonprofits that spend money wisely and make a difference in the lives of people. From what I can see the only people whose lives we improved were their senior management team. Five or six people with SVP or Chief of Staff title showed up at our events but didn't do anything other than pose for photos. I can't imagine how anyone thinks they need to pay these people to volunteer. Go find a need in your community and solve it yourself. Do not sit around and wait for Points of Light to take credit for your volunteerism.
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