President's Volunteer Service Award


Trinity International Theological Seminary has been given the authority to administer the President's Volunteer Service Awards to its volunteers.

To earn a President's Volunteer Service Award, individuals, families and groups must keep a record of their activities and hours of volunteer service. They can track their hours in a journal at home, or through another system that is recommended by their Certifying Organization. Each individual, family, or group then submits its record of service to Trinity International Theological Seminary.

Click Here for the President's Volunteer Service Award Application - pdf format

Click Here for the President's Volunteer Service Award Application

Trinity International Theological Seminary's role in this program is to:

  • Verify that the volunteer(s) has completed the number of service hours required to earn a President's Volunteer Service Award.
  • Nominate verified volunteers by completing and submitting an order form to purchase the award(s).
  • Collect and Pay the nominal cost for the award package and its shipping.
  • Receive the award package and distribute the award to each recipient.

About the 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.

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. The Council brings together leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, education, government, nonprofits, and the media.

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.

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.

To date, the President's Council has bestowed more than 400,000 awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.

The Award

Award recipients receive:

  • 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.

  Award Criteria

 Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the President's Volunteer Service Award.

  • 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 or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
  • Service must be with an approved Certifying Organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. territories.

The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:

President's Volunteer Service Award Criteria

Bronze Level

Kids: (5-10): 26 to 49 hours

Teens (11-15): 50 to 74 hours
Young Adults (16-25): 100 to 174 hours
Adults (26 and older): 100 to 249 hours
Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours

President's Volunteer Service Award Criteria

Silver Level

Kids (5-10): 50 to 74 hours

Teens (11-15): 75 to 99 hours
Young Adults (16-25): 175 to 249 hours
Adults (26 and older): 250 to 499 hours
Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours

President's Volunteer Service Award Criteria

Gold Level

Kids (5-10): 75 hours or more

Teens (11-15): 100 or more
Young Adults (16-25): 250 hours or more
Adults (26 and older): 500 hours or more
Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more


President's Lifetime Achievement Award

President's Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria

All Ages
4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime).

Please note that hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

Families and Groups: Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total. 

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