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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.
Community service is not only a great way parents can spend quality time with their children, but also develops a child’s understanding of empathy and compassion for others. Community Service hours may include recycling, helping an elderly neighbor, picking up trash, or visiting a retirement community. While volunteer hours can be earned in a variety of ways parents are encouraged to help their children find ways to give back to their community through service.
All students may turn in their community service hours through March 2011 to earn a Presidential Service Award. The program establishes the following award categories: Gold Award (100+ hours); Silver Award (75 to 99 hours); and Bronze Award (50 to 74 hours).