The Foundation and its expanded network included more than 200 local Volunteer Centers around the United States. These Volunteer Centers act as community hubs to connect volunteers to opportunities, work with local nonprofits and businesses to establish and improve volunteer programs, and, overall, bolster the local infrastructure for the volunteering community.
The organization's name came from a theme used frequently by former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, including a State of the Union address in which he said, "We have within our reach the promise of renewed America. We can find meaning and reward by serving some purpose higher than ourselves — a shining purpose, the illumination of a thousand points of light. It is expressed by all who know the irresistible force of a child's hand, of a friend who stands by you and stays there — a volunteer's generous gesture, an idea that is simply right."
The organization managed a number of notable programs including a national call-to-action volunteer portal, the President's Volunteer Service Awards and the annual National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The latter two were operated in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the parent agency responsible for federal programs including AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps and Citizen Corps.
While called a Foundation, Points of Light was in fact not a grant-making foundation. It engaged in a variety of work on volunteer related issues including their network of Volunteer Centers, programs on Disaster volunteers, Corporate volunteer councils and many more.
Their mission statement was, "to engage more people and resources more effectively in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems."
The Extra Mile was an initiative by the Foundation designed to honor famous volunteers with a number of plaques inserted along streets in Washington, D.C.. There are numerous people recognized, including Booker T. Washington.
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