“Cabot’s values align with Points of Light and our global network. Cabot is committed to recognizing the work of changemakers in local communities, which is unique in the business world. We work with a lot of companies that honor and recognize their employee volunteers, but Cabot farmers have an authentic commitment to honor community volunteers. Points of Light is impressed and honored to have them as a partner.”
Cabot has partnered with Points of Light for the last four Community Celebrity Cruises to identify outstanding community volunteers. Like our partners at AARP Create the Good, celebrities are selected for the years and impact of their service. We are honored that for the first time one of our partners is committing a staff member to witness the experience.
Alison Doerfler is Points of Light’s Executive Director of HandsOn Network. In this role she manages the partnerships Points of Light has with the U.S. Affiliates of their global network. Points of Light puts people at the center of change and connects them to their power to make a difference, and Ms. Doerfler has a long history with Points of Light that started at the local Chicago Affiliate - Chicago Cares and spans over 12 years in various roles in the organization.
Ms. Doerfler recently spent three years in between her two tours of duty at Points of Light as Vice President, Client Services at Davis Brand Capital. As the head of client services, Ms. Doerfler managed Davis Brand Capital’s social strategy and client services work, informing the firm’s integrated approach to social content, brand strategy and the influence of social business models. Leveraging her background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Alison helped Davis Brand Capital build and run the Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying.
Alison received a graduate degree in social services and social policy and then started her career in the nonprofit sector, working for organizations like Chicago Cares, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Notebaert Nature museum before embarking on her journey with Points of Light.
Alison grew up in New York City and Atlanta before moving to Chicago for college. Alison earned a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Chicago. She now lives with her 2 children (Harrison, age 9 and Jordan, age 7) who are already learning the importance of volunteerism and community involvement. Alison serves on the board of the Atlanta Children’s Museum, is an avid runner and a temporarily retired triathlete and counts her new designation of breast cancer survivor as a badge of honor. She will be traveling by herself in order to give maximum time to the five HandsOn Network celebrities joining her on the cruise and to support the networking and social media impact of all the celebrities being honored.