President’s Volunteer Service Award

President-Award-LogoABOUT THE AWARD

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

Ages 26+

    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.




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.

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