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Presidential Volunteer
Service Award

Lead For America is proud to announce it is now a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) program, which is managed by AmeriCorps and Points of Light. 


These prestigious national awards honor individuals across the United States whose volunteerism has positively impacted communities and inspired those around them to take action as well.


A longtime bipartisan effort, the PVSA has continued under every presidential administration since its inception in 2003 under President George W. Bush to honor Americans who use their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

To qualify for a PVSA, please review the eligibility criteria below and submit the certification form linked below, including documentation of your volunteer hours for review.


Lead For America will present the PVSA awards annually during its AmeriCorps Graduation Showcase on July 25, 2024 in Washington, DC.


Awards can also be mailed year-round to those who cannot attend in person. To receive the award in person in Washington, DC, submissions should be received no later than June 1st to allow time for review.


Eligible Service includes:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others

  • National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps service) - however, these hours only count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award (4,000 hours+)

Eligible Service cannot include:

  • Court-ordered community service

  • Donating funds

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

  • Proselytizing, religious instruction, or conducting worship services

  • Serving only friends or family members


Awards are available in four different tiers according to the chart below: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Lifetime Achievement.


More details and eligibility for these awards can be found at:

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