January 2010

Wrapping up a Hallmark Year

2009 was a banner year for Points of Light Institute and its three business units: HandsOn Network. MissionFish and the Civic Incubator. HandsOn Network welcomed new affiliates and celebrated a menu of successful signature service events. Enjoy this video that celebrates these and many highlights of 2009 through all arms of Points of Light Institute in the 20th anniversary year of the Points of Light movement.
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Boston Cares Encourages Post-Holiday Giving

Giving and making an effort to meet the needs of those less fortunate is at the forefront of many American's minds during the holiday season. However, the holidays are now behind us, but the needs are still great.
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MLK Day 2010: An Amazing Day ON!

Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network celebrated MLK Day of Service by bringing together more than 100,000 people to serve in 1,500 HandsOn projects and engage in more than 150 community dialogues through our inaugural MLK Day Virtual Town Hall!
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Rep. John Lewis Supports MLK Day Virtual Town Hall

"The best way we can honor the life and extend the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. ," said Rep. John Lewis, "is to serve others. As a King Day of Service Ambassador and a believer in the power of non-violent action, I encourage everyone to spend this day discovering the fulfillment of lending a helping hand. These acts help heal the worst problems in our society and remind us of the oneness of the entire human family. Read More >

MLK Day Virtual Town Hall: Join the national dialogue!

We will connect people live to projects and dialogues happening in seven cities across the U.S. on Jan. 18 through our MLK Day Virtual Town Hall here on www.HandsOnNetwork.org!
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Engage with Michelle Nunn on Twitter!

Points of Light Institute CEO and HandsOn Network Co-Founder Michelle Nunn will answer all of your questions about MLK Day on Twitter on Thursday, January 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.
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HandsOn Network and Earth Aid Help You Track Savings

We want to help you measure how much electric, gas and water utility usage you save, and encourage others to do the same!

Earth Aid has developed the first free service that enables individuals to track their actual electric, gas and water utility usage in one place online, compare their usage to that of their friends and neighbors, find easy ways to save and earn rewards for saving--discounts and offers at a variety of businesses.
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MLK 2010 Project Highlights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2010 marks the beginning of the year for service as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in their communities.
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2010: Year of Volunteerism

2010 is the year to volunteer as HandsOn Network and Disney Parks launch Give A Day. Get A Disney Day., a first-of-its kind program to inspire one million people to volunteer and celebrate volunteerism with a free ticket to Disney theme park.

Whether you are a volunteer looking for an opportunity to serve, or an organization in need of committed, motivated volunteers to help you achieve your organization's mission, you can join us in service. Be sure to share the news of this exciting program with your favorite organizations so they too can get involved.
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Disney Program: Registration Update

The first few days of the Give A Day. Give A Disney Day. program have been an awesome reminder of the passion of the volunteer spirit. Across the U.S., tens of thousands of volunteers have already made a commitment to get active in their communities.

For volunteers who experienced difficulties during the registration process, we have added capacity to the system and registration should now be a smooth process.
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Disney Program: Technical Update

Thanks to our passionate volunteers, and widespread national interest in community involvement, there has been a strong response to the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. program!

Unfortunately, the large numbers of volunteers attempting to register has created periodic slowdowns in the network, resulting in difficulty completing the registration process.

We apologize for the inconvenience and want you to know that Disney Parks is working to add capacity to the system to provide a better registration experience.
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Disney Program: Thanks for a Great Day Volunteers!

This morning, the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. program kicked off to an overwhelming start as thousands of volunteers hit the search looking for opportunities at DisneyParks.com.

Due to the high volume of volunteers completing the registration process, some users are experiencing a lag as they attempt to complete the process. Please keep trying, or come back later to finish your search. We will resolve these issues shortly.
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Disney Program: What projects will I find?

For the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. program, volunteers will find a wide variety or community organizations to choose from, and projects that are aligned with your lifestyle, interests and passions. Read More >

Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.

Did you make your news resolution yet? Start the New Year with a resolution to get involved in your community-and join Disney Parks and HandsOn Network as we team up to inspire one million people to help make positive change in communities across the country.

Whether you are a volunteer looking for an opportunity to serve or an organization in need of committed, motivated volunteers to help you achieve your organization's mission--you can join us in service in 2010 and celebrate the positive impact of volunteer service with a free ticket to a Disney theme park.
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