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Educational Communities Worldwide  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, on-line through the USA Freedom Corps Record of Service, or through another system that is recommended by their Certifying Organization. Each individual, family, or group then submits its record of service to Educational Communities Worldwide

Educational Communities Worldwide’s role in this program is to:

  1. Verify that the volunteer(s) has completed the number of service hours required to earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  2. Nominate verified volunteers by completing and submitting an order form to purchase the award(s).

  3. Collect and Pay the nominal cost for the award package and its shipping, either directly or through local sponsorship (usually between $7 and $50 depending on number of awards).

  4. 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 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.


Award recipients receive:

  1. An official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin.

  2. A personalized certificate of achievement.

  3. A note of congratulations from the President of the United States.

  4. A letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.


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:

pin bronze


Bronze Level

Kids: 50 to 74 hours Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours Adults: 100 to 249 hours Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours

pin silver

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria

Silver Level.

Kids: 75 to 99 hours Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours Adults: 250 to 499 hours Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours

pin gold


Gold Level.

Kids: 100 hours or more Young Adults: 250 hours or more Adults: 500 hours or more Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more


Picture of Blue President's Volunteer Service Award Pin


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

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