President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.

Award Eligibility
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:

Hours by Award Bronze Silver Gold
Kids (5-10) 26-49 hours 50-74 hours 75+ hours
Teens (11-15) 50-74 hours 75-99 hours 100+ hours
Young Adults (16-25) 100-174 hours 175-249 hours 250+ hours
Adults (26 and older) 100-249 hours 250-499 hours 500+ hours
Family & Groups 200-499 hours 500-999 hours 1,000+ hours

Award Packages
The complete package includes a certificate, pin, and a congratulatory letter from the President.

Verifying Hours
Hours obtained through a HandsOn San Diego managed project are verified by the HandsOn San Diego Volunteer Leader.

For hours completed outside of a HandsOn San Diego managed project, hours need to be signed-off by a representative of the benefiting organization. With proof, HandsOn San Diego can include these hours in your PSVA application. Because the cost of the award comes out of our budget, we are only able to certify hours for San Diego County residents or hours served in San Diego County. 

For more information or to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award, please email