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President's Volunteer Service Awards

October 2, 2017

The President's Volunteer Service Awards were started in 2003. The Marion County 4-H Advisory Council is certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards. We would like to recognize our volunteers and youth for their efforts. Adult volunteers can track their hours volunteering for 4-H. Youth can track hours volunteering for 4-H or other community service that they do as part of an individual community service project (please make sure that your 4-H leader can verify your hours of volunteering). In 4-H individual community service projects are community service activities outside of your 4-H club, they can be completed on your own, with your family, or other community group. Youth are encouraged, but not required, to complete a poster for the fair about their individual community service project. 4-H clubs can also track hours for the group award. Awards will be based on volunteer hours completed from September 1st to August 31st each year. 

Please log hours at the link below. Hours can be logged multiple times in one month, or you can log the total for the month at the end of the month. Please be sure to enter your name the same each time so your total can be calculated correctly (For example please do not put "Robert" one month and "Rob" the next month.)

Please Log Hours Here:

If a volunteer or member does not have internet access they can fill out a paper form and mail it to:

Cara Kowal

Marion County 4-H Program Assistant

Purdue Extension – Marion County

Discovery Hall, Suite 201

1202 E. 38th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46205-2807

The Award

Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

How it Works


Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.

  • 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.


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.

Hours by Award

Kids (5-10)

Bronze Award 26 – 49 hours

Silver Award 50 – 74 hours

Gold Award 75 + hours

Teens (11–15)

Bronze Award 50 – 74 hours

Silver Award 75 – 99 hours

Gold Award 100 + hours

Young Adults (16-25)

Bronze Award 100 – 174 hours

Silver Award 175 – 249 hours

Gold Award 250 + hours

Adults (26 and older)

Bronze Award 100 – 249 hours

Silver Award 250 – 499 hours

Gold Award 500+ hours

Families and Groups*

Bronze Award 200 – 499 hours

Silver Award 500 – 999 hours

Gold Award 1,000+ hours

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime

* Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total


Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. 


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