President's Volunteer Service Award


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Now, more than ever, service is necessary to tackle the most pressing issues of our time, and Americans are accepting the challenge. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes, celebrates and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge.

It’s our goal to encourage more individuals to embody the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. Through the program, Americans of all ages – from youth to seniors – are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council no longer exists, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by Points of Light.

The Award

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients can receive:

  • A personalized award certificate
  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, medallion or coin
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
  • A combination of all of the above

Award Criteria

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. Click here to see eligibility requirements.

Get Involved

Participating in the President’s Volunteer Service Award program can be a rewarding experience – whether you are a volunteer or an organization recognizing those who serve. There are two ways to participate. Click here to learn how you can get involved.