This award was created by the President of the United States to recognize individuals* that have made a commitment to their communities by volunteering their time.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service to others. It encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make volunteering a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a Presidential recognition program for Americans of all ages, who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. The program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard — measured by the number of hours served in a 12-month period.
*Only U.S. citizens can receive the Presidential Service Award.
Awards are distributed on a quarterly basis. We are currently accepting nominations for youth aged 4 – 18 to be awarded in late April 2013.
ACT distributes awards for individuals and organizations within the southern portions of Bennington County.
Award recipients receive:
- An official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
- A personalized certificate of achievement
- A note of congratulations from the President of the United States
- A letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation
- Recipients are eligible to receive the award once every 12 months.
The hours earned must be completed in a 12-month period. (The current reporting period is March 21, 2012 to March 31, 2013). Lifetime Awards and awards for organizations are available. Contact us directly to learn more.
Awardees must have completed their service within the following communities: Bennington, North Bennington, Arlington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford, Vermont
Ages 14 and younger
Bronze: 50-74 hours
Silver: 75-99 hours
Gold: 100+ hours
Ages 15 – 25
Bronze: 100-174 hours
Silver: 175-249 hours
Gold: 250+ hours
Bronze: 100-249 hours
Silver: 250-499 hours
Gold: 500+ hours
Hours can be earned at non-profit, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, colleges, membership and trade associations, and federal, state and local government agencies. The hours earned must be unpaid and may not be court-ordered.
Service must also not be “self -serving” such as volunteering for your church during services by babysitting.
TO NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL,
1. COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM BELOW
2. PROVIDE PROOF OF SERVICE
Please send a copy of a service log, diary, timesheet or other documentation that can verify the total hours of service for the nominee. A letter from an agency, organization, school, church, etc., (on their letterhead) where the nominee volunteered served can be used as a substitute. Please send the originals to:
Alliance for Community Transformations
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
100 Hospital Drive
Bennington, VT 05201
You can also submit and track service hours online via the PVSA website! Click here to learn more.