Presidential Service Award

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  • volunteer logoPresident's Volunteer Service Awards

    What are the President's Volunteer Service Awards?

    Grand Prairie ISD is an approved Certifying Organization (CO) for the President’s Volunteer 

    Service Awards (PVSA). The PVSA is a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this award honors individuals and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. Service hours can be accumulated on a variety of projects throughout the year.

    Volunteer Eligibility

    • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
    • Must be at least five years old
    • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

    Eligible Service

    • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefiting others
      • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
      • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

    Eligible Service does not include:

    • 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

    Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

    Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
    Kids (5-10) 26-49 hours 50-74 hours 75+ 4,000+ hours
    Teens (11-15) 50-74 hours 75-99 hours 100+ 4,000+ hours
    Young Adults (16-25) 100-174 hours 175-249 hours 250+ 4,000+ hours
    Adults (26+) 100-249 hours 250-499 hours 500+ hours 4,000+ hours


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