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  1. What is the President’s Volunteer Service Award? ....
  2. How do I earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award?
  3. What do I get in the Award package?
  4. What are the nomination guidelines?
  5. Do I have to be a member of a particular group to qualify for the PVSA?
  6. What are the ways I can apply for the PVSA?
  7. We have several local offices/chapters/associations/groups all over the United States. Can each of these local groups recognize their volunteers with the acronym title="President’s Volunteer Service Award">PVSA?
  8. As a volunteer, how can my hours be measured during the year?
  9. Is there a nomination deadline?
  10. Does the President’s Volunteer Service Awards offer scholarships, grants or application waivers?
  11. My Username and Password is not allowing me to log in, what should I do?
  12. Do I qualify if -- I am not a U.S. resident/My group is not headquartered in the U.S./My volunteer service wasn’t done in the U.S.?
1. What is the President’s Volunteer Service Award?

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The Award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period.

Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for their annual commitment to volunteer service as long as they meet the hourly requirements. In addition, individuals who complete 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over the course of their lifetime will be recognized with the President’s Call to Service Award.

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2. How do I earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award?

To earn an Award, individuals, families, and groups must keep a record of volunteer activities served. Activities may be kept by the Certifying Organization or can be tracked online with a profile established by a volunteer. Below please find the criteria for receiving an award.

Photo Pin BronzePhoto Pin SilverPhoto Pin GoldPhoto Pin Lifetime
Bronze Silver GoldLifetime
Children
(14 and younger)
50 to 74 hours 75 to 99 hours 100 hours or more4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)
Young Adults (Ages 15 to 25) 100 to 174 hours175 to 249 hours250 hours or more4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)
Adults (25 and older) 100 to 249 hours250 to 499 hours500 hours or more4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime
Families and Groups (two or more people)* 200 to 499 hours500 to 999 hours1000 hours or moreNot available to Families/ Groups

* In families and groups, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more.

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3. What do I get in the Award package?

Depending on which award package is ordered, award recipients can receive:

  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
View Award Packages

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4. What are the nomination guidelines?

Individuals must submit their records to a "certifying organization” that will review, verify their hours served, order and distribute the award. Nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, schools and colleges, membership and trade associations, and federal, state or local government agencies can all serve as certifying organizations.

Activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.

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5. Do I have to be a member of a particular group to qualify for the PVSA?

No. However, individuals must submit their records to a"certifying organization” that will review, verify their records, order and distribute the award.

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6. What is a certifying organization?

A Certifying Organization is an organization that has been given the authority through an application process to administer the President’s Volunteer Service Awards to its volunteers.

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7. How can I find a Certifying Organization to present me with an award?

The easiest way is to talk with an organization you are involved with and ask them to become a certifying organization. The process is really easy and all instructions are online at www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov. We have over 25,000 participating certifying organizations. Your group may already be involved. All types of groups are signing up to become certifying organizations, from small local groups to national organizations. Ask your organization to join today!

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8. We have several local offices/chapters/associations/groups all over the United States. Can each of these local groups recognize their volunteers with the PVSA?

Yes, you can sign up as a Leadership Organization and have your local groups register as Certifying Organizations recognizing their volunteers. This is a customized process per organization and takes lead time to set up. Find out more about becoming a Leadership Organization by emailing us at Inquiries@PresidentialServiceAwards.gov.

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9. As a volunteer, how can my hours be measured during the year?

You can track your hours on our website or your Certifying Organization can keep track of your hours for you.

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10. Is there a nomination deadline?

There is no deadline to order the awards. Once a volunteer has tracked their hours for a 12-month period then the Certifying Organization can total the hours for the year and order the awards. The 12-month period does not have to be on a calendar year.

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11. Does the President’s Volunteer Service Awards offer scholarships, grants or application waivers?

There are no application waivers. However, if you are interested in scholarships or grants, please contact the President’s Freedom Scholarship at:

Website:www.CNS.gov/Scholarships
Email:info@studentservicescholarship.org
Phone: 1-866-291-7700

Presidential Freedom Scholarships
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

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12. Do I qualify if -- I am not a U.S. resident/My group is not headquartered in the U.S./My volunteer service wasn’t done in the U.S.?

Only United States citizens qualify for the award. If you are a U.S. citizen and are volunteering abroad, you may submit your hours to your Certifying Organization to earn the award.

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I have questions that were not addressed here. How do I contact the office of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for more information?

If you have questions about the President’s Volunteer Service Awards program, here’s how you can contact us:

Address:
President’s Volunteer Service Awards
c/o Points of Light Institute
600 Means Street, NW suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30318

Phone: 866-545-5307

Email: Inquiries@presidentialserviceawards.gov

For hearing and speech-impaired individuals Dial 711 (the National Relay Service)

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