President’s Volunteer Service Award
About the Award
America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping
others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.
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.
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 of service over a 12-month period or cumulative
hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
To date, the President’s Council 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.
An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin
A personalized certificate of achievement
A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States