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Tracy Hoover

How a Hindu Friend Fixed This Christian's Christmas

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

As I've thought about our changemaking - and how we go about this work of helping each other and building a better world - I'm again reminded that our best work, our highest purpose and our most lasting change don't come from ferreting out and fixing what is wrong with each other.

In Thanksgiving

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many Americans, today I'm celebrating Thanksgiving. And, even though I don't really care for turkey or pumpkin anything, this is one of my favorite holidays. It's the acts and ideals of Thanksgiving - shared harvest, community, homecoming and out-loud thankfulness - that speak to this idealist's heart.

Saluting Barbara Bush and the Points of Light Fighting to End Illiteracy

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Former First Lady Barbara Bush "vowed to make a difference every single day," as granddaughter and TODAY show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager told viewers this morning.

Challenging What's Possible in Pro Bono Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Just imagine the possibilities of deploying the same American business ingenuity that fuels the world's leading economy to tackling the most critical issues of our time - such as eradicating extreme poverty, ensuring strong community health and education systems, protecting our natural resources.

Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

The year was 1974. Hank Aaron had just broken Babe Ruth's home run record and UPC codes were introduced as a major new technological innovation. America was in an energy crisis, and in the midst of the Watergate scandal.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Tracy Hoover | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Employees have stopped writing #RaceTogether on cups at Starbucks, and critics have mostly stopped sneering at the effort. Will other companies now become wary of promoting or discussing social change?

Do You Remember Your First Volunteer Experience?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I'll never forget my first Hands On Atlanta volunteer project nearly 20 years ago. I remember a spilled vat of applesauce and getting lost more than once.

TIME Magazine Honors 'A Ragged Army of Volunteers' That Needs Your Help -- 3 Quick Ways to Support the Ebola Fighters

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

If you've ever doubted that a small group of dedicated individuals can change - in this case, save - the world, I encourage you to read TIME's story about the Ebola fighters and then do something to support their efforts.

Who Made the List? Announcing the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the Nation

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today, Points of Light and Bloomberg L.P. announced  The Civic 50 – the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation in 2014. See ...

I'll Admit it: I Don't Care for Turkey

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you -- points of light everywhere -- for all that you have done this year.

What Do You Get a President on His Birthday?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

President Bush “didn’t call for one blinding light shining from Washington,” as President Obama said at Points of Light’s 20th...

What Is it About Disaster That Brings Out the Best in People?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many in Atlanta, I'm snowbound today. This week’s rare snowfall – a disabling two inches – hit our city and triggered a mas...

What Is It That You Want From Life?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Many of us begin the new year with resolutions. Exercise more. Eat less. Unplug. Get involved. Everyone’s list is different, but most focus on c...

Who Made the List?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today, Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg announced The Civic 50 – the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation.

For Veterans Day, Three Powerful Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I’d like to pay tribute to all veterans by telling you the story of three people – a boy who lost his dad on 9/11, an Army helicopter pilo...

You Couldn't Escape It

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Though his feet splashed in about an inch of water, Principal Brian Walsh could see a water line two feet high marking the walls of Memorial School in...