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National Volunteer Week 2019

Points of Light Celebrates National Volunteer Week With a Focus on Recognizing Individuals Who Make a Difference

"The solution to each problem that confronts us begins with an individual who steps forward and who says, I can help." -President George H.W. BushPoints of Light, in partnership with The UPS Foundation and TEGNA, celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019, through volunteer recognition and service events around the country. Each year, National Volunteer Week is celebration of the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.

“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on people who are creating positive change in their communities,” says Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “It is also an opportunity to inspire others to lead and lend support to the causes they care about. In today’s society, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, doing good comes in many forms. We recognize and celebrate them all.”

Through recognition programs such as the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Daily Point of Light Award, Points of Light celebrates volunteers and the impact of volunteer service in communities across the country. Recognizing and sharing stories about individuals who are doing good serves to inspire others to take action and realize their own potential to make a difference.

“Volunteering has the power to uplift individuals and entire communities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We committed to achieving 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020, and we are on track to achieve our goal. By bringing our strengths and our passion for serving others into action, and by supporting organizations such as Points of Light, we are able to amplify the results.”

“In today’s society, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, doing good comes in many forms. We recognize and celebrate them all. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on people who are creating positive change in their communities.”

Over 265 people volunteer with LifePath’s programs as Meals on Wheels Drivers, Money Managers, SHINE counselors, and more. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, LifePath will be celebrating its volunteers at a reception this week. We are grateful for the support and contributions of each and every person who volunteers. To learn more about joining our team of volunteers, visit LifePathMA.org or call 413-773-5555 x2215.

About Points of Light

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit the Points of Light website.