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The Institute of America is proud to be an Official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award!
The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Established by executive order of President George W. Bush, the award was founded by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation 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 award can be granted to individuals, families, and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the number of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Institute of America has been granted authority to give out the PVSA to volunteers as an Official Certifying Organization. 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.
Eligible Service does not include:
|Age Group||Bronze||Silver||Gold||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.