What is the Presidential Service Award?The Presidential Service Award was put in place to honor Americans that use their time, energy, talents, and compassion for others to make a difference in the world through volunteering. There are a variety of different ways a person can volunteer to serve others such as volunteering at a local hospital, nursing home, or animal shelter, collecting canned goods and clothes for the needy, helping an elderly neighbor run errands or rake leaves, leading Sunday School at church, or tutoring younger kids with their homework. An act of service is not only a gift for those receiving the help but is rewarding for the volunteer as well as it teaches compassion, patience, appreciation, and graciousness. This new Award is a Presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering President George W. Bush’s call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a Certifying Organization, AHG will identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours, and distribute the Award to outstanding volunteers.
What is the history of the Presidential Service Award?In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and nation through service. He called on each person to dedicate at least 4,000 hours – or two years – to service over the course of their lives. He created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.
In 2003, President Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to find ways to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our nation. Chaired by two-time Superbowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. senators Robert Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, nonprofit, and volunteer service organizations, as well as community volunteers.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation 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. This type of recognition is also designed to set a standard for every American – to encourage a sustained commitment to helping others and a lifelong habit of service.
How do you earn the Presidential Service Award?To earn an award, individuals, families and groups must keep a record of volunteer activities and hours served. This Record of Service may be kept as a diary, or calendar, in your Service Hour Tally Sheet, or tracked online using the USA Freedom Corps Record of Service.
Individuals must submit their records along with the Individual Presidential Service Award Certification Form, and groups must submit their records along with the Group Presidential Service Award Certification Form to your Troop that will review and verify their records and order and distribute the award. The American Heritage Girls is a “certifying organization” registered with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
To be recognized, service activities should meet national or community needs in the areas of youth achievement, parks and open spaces, healthy communities, and public safety and emergency response.
Activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.
What is the award for recipients?
• An official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
• 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
Note: Recipients are eligible to receive the award once every 12 months
|Kids - Ages 5-10
Bronze Award 26 - 49 hours
Silver Award 50 - 74 hours
Gold Award 75 or more hours
Teens - Ages 11-15
Bronze Award 50 - 74 hours
Silver Award 75 - 99 hours
Gold Award 100 or more hours
Young Adults - Ages 16-25
Bronze Award 100 - 174 hours
Silver Award 175 - 249 hours
Gold Award 250 or more hours
Adults - Ages 26 and older
Bronze Award 100 - 249 hours
Silver Award 250 - 499 hours
Gold Award 500 or more hours
Families and Groups (two or
Bronze Award 200 - 499 hours
Silver Award 500 - 999 hours
Gold Award 1,000 or more hours
*Each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total
Does the Presidential Service Award interfere with earning service stars?
AHG members may work towards this award of merit while earning service stars for AHG. This award pin may be worn on the back of the vest/sash. Talk with your Troop Leader about ordering this award. All activities and hours spent to complete are first approved by AHG, Inc. before the award is ordered.
Additionally, eligible volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of American Heritage Girls. In fact, service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the hours be completed within 12 months; recipients can qualify for a new award each year.
How do I order the Presidential Service Award?
Complete the Individual Presidential Service Award Certification Form for individual awards and the Group Presidential Service Award Certification Form for group awards. Submit the form(s) to your Troop Leader. Your Troop will order your Presidential Service Award from the Online Leader Store.
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