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Points of LightThe President’s Volunteer Service Award was created to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. It is also the only presidential award that is available to the general public without having to be nominated or judged on criteria. It is an award that allows citizens to be honored and recognized for service that is important to them.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council is nonexistent) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor service-minded Americans.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served within 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
To date The President's Volunteer Service Award program has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the nation's deserving volunteers.
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
Any individual, family or group can receive presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:
- Kids: Age 5-14
- Young Adults: Individual Age 15-25
- Adults: Individual Age 26 +