Established in 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (and Council) was formed to “recognize the valuable contribution volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve.” The council created the program to encourage a sustained commitment to civic participation.
Individuals, families, or groups receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned during a specific twelve month period or over the course of a lifetime. There are three levels of the award (bronze, silver and gold), and eligibility requirements are unique depending on age group.
Depending on the level of service accomplished, students receive an official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory letter from the president.
Using the official President’s Volunteer Service Award website, volunteers can track their hours and find service opportunities in their in their area.
Volunteers must complete an application and submit a record of their volunteer hours to the PTSA, who will verify the service and present the award at an event later in the year. The documented hours must be completed within the specified period (August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011).
All applications must be submitted in an envelope marked “PTSA/Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by September 1, 2011.