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Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

Busy Buzzy Bots (BBB) is proud to announce that we are an official certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Community members now have the exclusive privilege of earning this award by volunteering in the community and submitting their hours to us.​

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Community Work

In 2003, the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the PVSA to recognize the important role of volunteers in America's strength and national identity and honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

Read more about the PVSA on their website.

Leadership

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard and is measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period as well as cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

This prestigious award is given to incredible leaders who go above and beyond to make the world a better place through volunteerism. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)

  • Must be at least five years old

  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

 

Eligible Service

Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others

  • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)

  • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

 

Eligible Service does not include

  • Donating funds

  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)

  • Religious instruction

  • Conducting worship service

  • Proselytizing

  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service

  • Serving only family members

Do all service hours need to be from the same Organization?

No, For example, a child completing 50 hours for Certifying Organization A and 50 hours for Certifying Organization B would qualify for the following awards:

  • A silver award from Certifying Organization A, but no awards from Certifying Organization B

  • A silver award from Certifying Organization B, but no awards from Certifying Organization A

  • A gold award representing the total 100 hours performed for both organizations presented by Organization A, where Organization B has provided Organization A with a letter summarizing the child’s volunteer record

  • Where Organization A has provided Organization B with a record of the volunteer’s service, Organization B may choose to order awards at all levels reached (gold, silver, and bronze)

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What can I expect to get as part of the award?

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award medallion

  • A personalized certificate of achievement and letter signed by the current President

  • The award elements above together as a Complete Package

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When will the President congratulatory letter be available?

  • We anticipate the President’s congratulatory letter being available typically by February of the following year, unless of course there is a change in the Presidency, at which point it will be available in the summer or earlier.

How are the hours being tracked?

  • For each event we participate we will collect your Name, email, age group, total hours, award year. 

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What activities within BBB will count for volunteer hours?

  • Volunteering to assist in organizing outreach or activities that benefit the community will be considered for PVSA. For example, Youth related, outreach, assisting with websites, media, etc.

  • Activities that pertain to social gatherings or parties will not be considered.

Who do we contact if we have more questions?

Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

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