Thursday, February 17, 2011

COMMUNITY SERVICE: presidential service award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.  

The Award
Depending on which award package is ordered, award recipients can receive:
An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin 
A personalized certificate of achievement 
A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States 

Award Criteria
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. 

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria - for young adults age 15-25

Bronze Level
100 to 174 hours

Silver Level
175 to 249 hours

Gold Level
250 hours or more

Seniors are eligible to receive this award in conjunction with their Fairmont Community Service Program. Students must perform service with a qualified non-profit organization, and turn in the completed Fairmont Prep community service form to Mrs. Kunkle for verification and credit. If you are looking to add something extra-ordinary to your college application, this is perfect!

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Community Service Coordinator

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