Volunteer Recognition Opportunities

HandsOn San Diego does not host any of the below recognition opportunities but can serve to certify service hours completed by volunteers applying for these opportunities. 

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.

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 the HandsOn San Diego calendar, 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 info@handsonsandiego.org.


Daily Point of Light Award

Millions of people act on their power to do good every day, using their hearts, hands and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems. Points of Light recognizes their individual stories through the Daily Point of Light Award, and lifts them up to inspire others so we may each, in our own way, answer the call to make a difference.

Eligibility

  • Residency: Award nominees must be legal U.S. residents.

  • Service: All volunteer activities must be unpaid and cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend for their service or receive paid time off to volunteer are eligible.

  • Timeline: Volunteer service must last for six uninterrupted months and still be ongoing (except disaster relief work).

  • Impact: Work should demonstrate real impact from the activity. Examples include number of people served, money raised, etc.

  • Community need: Activity must meet a community need or concern. Nominee must have sustainability plans for their activity (ex. working with community organizations to continue their work, empowering service recipients to continue their work, etc.).


The Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

Thus far, it has recognized more than 140,000 young people who’ve made a difference – and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities

The Spirit of Community Awards program also honors youth volunteers in countries outside the U.S. where Prudential has a significant presence: Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 10th of the award year
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 10 of the award year

Awards

Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organization. Those Local Honorees who qualify (26 hours of service for ages 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15, and 100 hours for older students) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.

State Honorees receive a $1,000 scholarship, an engraved silver medallion, and an invitation to the program's national recognition events. In the event that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 necessitate canceling the in-person event, a virtual event will be held and no trip to Washington, D.C. would be awarded.

National Honorees receive an additional $5,000 scholarship, an engraved gold medallion, a trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.