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About The PVSA

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation. Led by the AmeriCorps and managed in partnership with Points of Light, this program allows Certifying Organizations to recognize their most exceptional volunteers.


  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder) and be atleast five (5) years old

  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

  • Eligible Service:

    • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others

    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)

    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligable Hours

Currently ONLY Hours obtained through a Hands Of Hope managed project are eligable towards the annual/lifetime service awards. Awards are based on hours logged between January and December of each year. 

Application Process

Individuals who qualify for either the yearly or lifelong service awards as volunteers are requested to complete the form provided below by mid-December of the present calendar year at the latest. An official deadline will be announced on our social media platforms closer to the cutoff date.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact our volunteer department and we will be more then happy to assist you. Please us the following contact info below

Stephen Dennis

PVSA Program Coordinator

Age Group
Adult (26+)
100-249 Hours
250-499 Hours
500+ Hours
Young Adults (16-25)
100-174 Hours
175-249 Hours
250+ Hours
Teens (11-15)
50-74 Hours
75-99 Hours
100+ Hours
Kids (5-10)
26-49 Hours
50-74 Hours
75+ Hours
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