The idea for the program, now partnered with groups like USO of Georgia, Hugs for Soldiers, Wounded Warriors, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, grew out of more than 13,000 girls’ desire to do something for area residents serving in Afghanistan, on the high seas, and other spots across the globe.
Last year, Nunn took a leave of absence from her position as CEO of Points of Light in order to declare her candidacy for the Senate seat formerly held by her father, Sam Nunn, for 24 years. She'll face the winner of the July 24 runoff election between Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston (R-GA, 1st District).
Nunn recently spoke with GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor from the campaign trail in South Georgia. The full interview is available for GCN members in the latest issue of Georgia Nonprofit NOW. Here, we provide an excerpt as Nunn discusses the successes gained and struggles faced since merging Hands On Network with Points of Light in 2007.