Atlanta Resident Recognized with Daily Point of Light Award for Work with Helping Empower Youth, Inc.
Points of Light Honors Kanesha (KaCey) Venning for Dedication to Volunteering
Thursday, February 8, 2018, ATLANTA, GEORGIA – KaCey Venning was named Daily Point of Light Award Number 6,2913 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. KaCey received this recognition for his/her ongoing commitment to youth service work through Helping Empower Youth.
After serving two terms as an AmeriCorps member and experiencing the joys of working in National Service across the country, KaCey was inspired to co-found an organization that would allow her to structure her service and philanthropic life as she found her passion in giving back an cultivating experiences for youth and community. It started with teaching a few students in Atlanta how to ride their bicycles and how to maintain them. What started as an event that would take place periodically quickly became a weekly occurrence. In addition to bicycles, HEY! introduced go-karts and alternative energy to students. Currently with the support of STEM professionals, HEY! provides ongoing STEAM based after school programming in Atlanta Public Schools. To date, HEY! has served over 700 students.
“Receiving the Daily Point of Light Award is a full circle moment for me. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Points of Light as a an employee with this very recognition program. I know the quality of nominees that are submitted… to be selected is humbling and a great honor.”
Daily Point of Light Awards are given five days a week in the United States and the United Kingdom to honor individuals and groups creating meaningful change to meet community needs; efforts which often lead to long-term solutions and impact social problems in their local communities. President George H. W. Bush was the first president in American history to institute a daily presidential recognition program from the White House, conferring 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards on citizens and organizations making a big difference in other people’s lives and solving community problems. Points of Light continues the recognition and honorees receive a signed certificate from President Bush. The 5000th award was presented at a special ceremony at the White House with President Barack Obama and President George H. W. Bush co-presenting. The nonpartisan award was adopted by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron in 2014, and the tradition has continued with his successor Theresa May. More than 6,500 Daily Point of Light Award recipients have been recognized in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“The Daily Points of Light award recognizes exceptional individuals who are using their time, talent, voice and treasure to improve the lives of others,” said Jaqueline Innocent, vice president, Recognition Programs of Points of Light. “These points of light, like KaCey, make an impact on individuals while also helping build resilient communities.”
KaCey Venning continues to inspire others with his/her work and hopes to show others they can make a difference in their communities too.
“Getting involved in service is easy. It’s as easy as checking in on a neighbor and addressing a simple need like taking their trash can to the curb. Dropping off gift cards for teachers once a quarter or even giving up coffee for a week and donating that $20 to a charity of your choice. Service isn’t hard. It’s just intentional.”
To learn more about KaCey Venning’s work, visit www.helpingempoweryouth.org
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 and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.