When President George H.W. Bush was in office in 1990, and after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, as a young civil rights lawyer living in Chicago reflecting on the need for more light, I wrote a poem. It was a privilege to share this poem last night at the opening plenary session of Service Unites 2018. Many of you have requested a copy of this poem, “How I Read a Poem Like This,” and we are pleased to share it with you, our community of changemakers – points of light in communities around the world, who are helping to ignite a civic culture. Thank you.
After retiring in 2000, David Deutchman was volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when he noticed a couple of moms who looked like they needed someone to talk to. “I sat down for 30 minutes and they poured their hearts out to me,” David said. “I realized I could fill a gap.”
The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program, inspired by the company's legendary tagline, “because you’re worth it,” reflects a belief in every woman’s worth. Each year, L’Oreal Paris and Points of Light honor 10 extraordinary women who are making a difference in the communities they serve. These women selflessly give their time, energy and passion to causes close to their hearts.
Raised by devoted parents of 10 children, Charolette Tidwell’s natural passion for caretaking led her to pursue a long and fulfilling career in nursing. Rather than retiring, Charolette found a new way to keep helping people, and founded a nonprofit to combat her hometown’s hunger crisis.
Do volunteers at your organization represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the community you serve? The answer, for most governments and nonprofit organizations, is “no.” But this can change. Get insights from newly conducted research from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration.
Giving back is built into our DNA at Clif Bar & Company, and our volunteer efforts largely focus on giving back in ways that help the planet. That’s probably not surprising, since we’re a company that relies on a clean and healthy environment to grow the ingredients we use in our food, and on the outdoors as a treasured place for us and our adventure-loving consumers to play.