Presidential Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

PVSA is a National & Community Service federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in results-driven in community volunteer service each year via 70,000 community and faith-based organizations. It taps power of citizens to improve lives, solve problems, strengthen communities. Administered by Points of Light, PVSA is the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service and it mobilizes millions of people to take action to change the world engaging more than four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.


  • Recipients must be a US citizen or a lawfully admitted US permanent residence.
  • Awards are issued for hours within a 12-months or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only; charity givings are not a factor.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

Award recipients can choose among different options for award recognition:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, medallion, or coin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
  • A combination of all the above