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About PVSA.

The Presiden't Volunteer Service Award Logo

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 Corporation for National and Community Service and managed in partnership with Points of Light, this program allows Certifying Organizations to recognize their most exceptional volunteers.

Certifying Organizations.

A Certifying Organization is an organization that has been granted authority through an application and review process to give out the PVSA to volunteers. Certifying Organizations verify and certify that a volunteer has met the requirements to receive a PVSA within a 12 month period specified by the Certifying Organization. Only Certifying Organizations can certify volunteers’ eligibility for the PVSA and order awards.

DataEthics4All, a Social Good Initiative by Social Strategi LLC, is a Qualified Certifying Organization of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Volunteer Eligibility.

1. United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)

2. Must be at least five years old

3. 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 benefiting others

1. 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)

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

Eligible Service does not include:

1. Donating funds

2. Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)

3. Religious instruction

4. Conducting worship service

5. Proselytizing

6. Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service

7. Serving only family members

Hours Required.

Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

Age Group




Lifetime Achievement Award*

Kids (5–10 years old)

26–49 hours

50–74 hours

75+ hours

4,000+ hours

Teens (11–15)

50–74 hours

75–99 hours

100+ hours

4,000+ hours

Young Adults (16–25)

100–174 hours

175–249 hours

250+ hours

4,000+ hours

Adults (26+)

100–249 hours

250–499 hours

500+ hours

4,000+ hours

* The Lifetime Achievement Award is not available to be awarded at this time.

Visit: https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/eligibility for more information

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