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GOOD Q&A: Michelle Nunn

Twenty-one years ago, Michelle Nunn was a recent University of Virginia graduate and a fledgling community activist. Motivated by her life-long zest for civic involvement and a sense of personal responsibility, she co-founded a small organization called Hands On Atlanta. Today, the Points of Light Hands..




Twenty-one years ago, Michelle Nunn was a recent University of Virginia graduate and a fledgling community activist. Motivated by her life-long zest for civic involvement and a sense of personal responsibility, she co-founded a small organization called Hands On Atlanta. Today, the Points of Light Hands On Network is the largest volunteer organization in the country, and Nunn is at the helm of it all.

What does a $20 donation do for Hands On Points of Light
For every $20 that's being donated, we're leveraging significant numbers of volunteer hours. We're helping enable people to put up human capital and create human solutions. We've been doing a lot of work in the Gulf and for every $1 that's invested, we're leveraging $5 of impact, and that is helping people rebuild their homes, helping people file for social security and federal assistance, buying lumber for wheelchair ramps, and buying tutoring supplies. Those dollars are investing in the capacity of people to solve problems across the country and around the world.

For our readers who are unfamiliar with Hands On, can you explain what the organization does?
We are inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing people to take action that changes the world. We are focused on helping people discover their own power to be change agents in their communities. We have 370 volunteer centers across the country that are mobilizing people and literally putting people to work in everything from delivering meals to people who are homebound, to tutoring and mentoring children, to building wheelchair ramps, to helping people recover their lives on the gulf coast like the one we just had here in Atlanta last week.

Read the complete interview here.
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