President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.


Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) 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 Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

Award Criteria

Any individual or group that meets the program's criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.  Criteria for recognition are:

  • Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only. Additional levels of participation with the organization, i.e. charitable support, are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations. The University West Florida is a Certifying Organization.
  • Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.

Award Eligibility

Community Service recognizes groups that can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period.  The following are the eligibility requirements for each level:

  • Bronze Level: A group or organization must complete 200-499 hours of service
  • Silver Level: A group or organization must complete 500-999 hours of service
  • Gold Level: A group or organization must complete 1000 or more hours of service

Organization Award Recipients for 2014

Bronze

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society (AED) - 241.75 hours
  • Army ROTC Cadet Club - 245.5 hours
  • Psi Chi - 300 hours
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon - 312.25 hours

Silver

  • Alpha Chi Omega - 578.75 hours
  • Alpha Delta Pi - 975.5 hours
  • Alpha Gamma Delta - 609 hours
  • Kappa Delta - 641.5 hours
  • Sigma Alpha Mu - 911.75 hours

Gold

  • Honors Program - 1264.25 hours
  • Kappa Sigma - 1251.5 hours
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