Two national programs connect individuals to local volunteer opportunities that match their interests and skills.

  • – Our national website portal is one of the nation's largest
    volunteer management software and recruitment systems. Learn More >

  • 1-800-Volunteer (1-800-865-8683) – Our national, toll-free, voice response system connects volunteers to local organizations and enables the efficient mobilization of volunteers during large-scale disasters. Learn more>

50+ Volunteering Initiative
Building the expertise and capacity of individuals and programs to develop high-impact and rewarding volunteer opportunities for people over the age of 50. Learn More >

Disaster Preparedness & Volunteers
Learn more about Disaster Preparedness, Volunteering, and Volunteer Management. See how collaborative planning by disaster groups and other organizations can prevent a "disaster within the disaster." Learn More >

Disability Outreach Offering Resources through Service (DOORS)
The DOORS Initiative engages adults with disabilities (with a focus on veterans) in service opportunities that will build the economic empowerment of individuals, families, and communities. Learn More >

Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative
The Foundation is committed to supporting and improving the lives of children and families by engaging more volunteers more effectively in local EITC and Asset Development Initiatives. Learn about EITC, get involved in or start a local initiative, and share your effective practices. Learn More >

THE EXTRA MILE — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
A tribute in honor of our country's greatest volunteers—those who have changed the world by going the extra mile for others. Learn More >

Provides resources for parents, teachers and community leaders who want to engage families in volunteer activities. Learn More >

Family Strengthening and Neighborhood Transformation
With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this initiative strengthens the networks in tough neighborhoods through volunteering so children and their families thrive. Learn More >

International Youth Hall of Fame ® (IYHF)
The IYHF program helps communities come together to recognize, celebrate, encourage, document and publicize the positive efforts of their youth who are making a difference at home, in school, and in the community. Learn More >

Kids Care Clubs
Designed to develop compassion and the spirit of service and philanthropy in elementary and middle school aged youth.
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MissionFish helps nonprofits raise money on eBay. Through an exclusive relationship with eBay Giving Works, this unique program makes it possible for eBay sellers to give some of the proceeds from items they sell to nonprofits. MissionFish provides the technology to make it possible, and the tools, tips and support to help organizations of every size turn online trading into a new revenue stream. Learn More >

National Conference on Volunteering and Service
The nation’s premiere conference on volunteering. Learn More >

Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute
Provides youth with the encouragement, networks and skills to make meaningful contributions to their communities and begin a life-long journey of leadership and service. Learn More >

Putting People First: Interacting with People with Disabilities
It is important to be conscious of people with disabilities and be prepared to interact with them as naturally as anyone else. They are your co-workers, neighbors and friends, and each has their own preferences. Learn More >

Seasons of Service
A portfolio of national opportunities for volunteering throughout the year.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Day ON -- Not a Day OFF; January 19, 2009
  • National Volunteer Week: Inspire by Example; April 19 - 25, 2009
  • Global Youth Service Day; April 24 – 26, 2009
  • Join Hands Day: Youth and Adults Volunteering Together; May 2, 2009
  • Community Build Day: 50 Builds in 50 States; August 2, 2008
  • My Good Deed: Honor the Victims of September 11; September 11, 2008
  • Kids Care Week: Celebrate Kids' Helping Others in Their Communities; October 18 - 24, 2009
  • Make A Difference Day: A National Day to Help Others; October 24, 2009

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Service-Learning Impacting Citizenship (S.L.I.C.)
The SLIC program helps young people make the link between service and other forms of civic engagement by taking them through a civic engagement curriculum and engaging them in service activities. Learn More >

Strengthening Communities AmeriCorps*VISTA Initiative
Over three years, 75 VISTAs per year will serve in Volunteer Centers to recruit volunteers and develop organizational capacity for programs to meet community needs in four focus areas: Empowering Faith-Based and Grassroots Organizations, Asset Development and Wealth Creation, Strengthening Families, and Homeland Security: Emergency and Disaster. Learn More >

Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Ambassadors
Places community-minded young people between the ages of 18-25 with statewide "Partner" organizations for one year. Learn More >

Youth: Ready to Respond
Helps young people plan for and respond to the health, safety and security concerns associated with natural and man-made disasters through the development and implementation of local service-learning projects. Learn More >


Mentoring Program
Engages POLF/VCNN in national and local mentoring initiatives, including National Mentoring Month, through partnerships with a variety of mentoring organizations. Learn More >

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
Volunteers aged 55 and over using their life experiences and skills to benefit their communities and themselves. Learn More >