President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

History of the PVSA:

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals  and clubs whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.       

The PVSA has continued under each presidential administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

The PVSA allows NVC to recognize our most exceptional volunteers!

To qualify for this award through NVC, you must have:

Completed 100 or more hours of service to the community within a calendar year (Jan-Dec). You must also be currently enrolled NVC student or a current NVC staff/faculty member at the time of application.

Service can be submitted for current year as well as one year prior.

Award Criteria

Any NVC student, staff, or faculty that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period (Jan - Dec) or over the course of a lifetime. Criteria for recognition are:

  • Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period (Jan-Dec) or over the course of a lifetime.
  • You must have been enrolled or employed at Northwest Vista College during the award year requested.  Clubs must have been a registered student organization in at least one of the semesters for the calendar year of the award year. 
  • Submissions must include an upload of official documentation (an official letter or certificate) from the organization that you served with, indicating; your name, date of service, total hours served, and contact information for the organization
  • Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.

Types of service not eligible for this award?                   

    • Donating funds
    •                    
    • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
    •                    
    • Religious instruction
    •                    
    • Conducting worship service
    •                    
    • Proselytizing
    •                    
    • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
    •                    
    • Serving only family members
    •                

What type of qualifying documentation is needed for the award?

Create a record of service on the PVSA website to record your hours of service, http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov, using NVC’s Record of Service Key: QFR-32318. When you are ready to apply for the award please provide an official letter or certificate from the agency you served with stating your name,  in what capacity you served, dates of service, total hours served, and the contact name and number for the agency.

Award recipients receive:

  • An President’s Volunteer Service Award medal.
  • 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.

 

Hours by Award

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Young Adults (16-25)

100 – 174

175 – 249

250 +

Adults (26 and   older)

100 – 249

250 – 499

500+

Clubs*

200 – 499

500 – 999

1,000+

President’s Lifetime   Achievement Award: Individuals who have   completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime

* Must be a minimum of at least two members, with each   member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total

 

More Information about the Award:

http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

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 recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

***If someone has completed 100 or more hours of service to the community and do not meet the qualifications for the award through NVC, I would recommend that they ask the organization that they served with to recognize them for this award. Most non-profits and places of worship are eligible to participate in this program, and it is a great award to pursue.
Any questions, please call Nathalie Mai Kraft at 210-486-4080 or email at
ndiaz41@alamo.edu.

Application can be accessed and filled out in AlamoExperience. Applications are due by November 8, 2019 or April 10, 2020. Service needs to be performed and documented on or before the application due date in order to receive your award in the semester that it is submitted.

Service Hours Submission

* You must submit your application through AlamoExperience with formal documentation (letterhead or certificate) from the organization that you served with; indicating your name, date of service, total hours served, and contact information for the organization. (Sign-in sheets/forms and hand written letters are not acceptable)  

How to Submit Documentations and/or Letterheads in AlamoExperience:

  • Login to AlamoExperience
  • Click on your profile icon
  • Click on “Experiences”
  • Click on “Add Experience”
  • Click on “Self-Reported Event”
  • Fill out the form (required for all community service)
    • The "Experience" name will be the name of the organization you volunteered with (ex. Food Bank, Habitat, etc)
    • The "Organization" name will be NVC SERVES
    • The "Contact Information" will be the contact information for the organization you served with
    • Upload your service documentation; a letter or certificate from the organization (sign-in sheets, forms and hand written letters are not acceptable). The documentation must include:
      • your name
      • date of service
      • total hours served
    • Click "Submit"
    • The community service event will be listed on your transcript once it is approved

How to Submit an Application:

- To apply for PVSA as INDIVIDUAL, visit: https://alamo.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/235001

- To apply for PVSA as a CLUB, visit: https://alamo.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/235027


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