President’s Volunteer Service Award

The TNVLC is the area’s Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer award program, encouraging a life of service through presidential recognition.  Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives.

Most Mayor’s Award and Commissioner's winners are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and are encouraged to apply.  There is a $30 processing fee for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

NO STUDENT WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY. The TNVLC believes strongly in supporting student volunteers. 

Download the Financial Aid application here

If you would like to donate to the financial assistance fund please click here or include additional funds when paying your processing fee.  You can also send a check made out to the TNVLC with “President’s Volunteer Service Award” in the memo.

Click here to download the list of the 2015 President's Award winners.


Award Criteria

Any individual, family or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.  Criteria for recognition are:
  • Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for 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 organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.

Included in the Award

Award recipients will receive:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the president of the United States

Award Eligibility
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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:

  • Kids: Age 5-10
  • Teens: 11-15
  • Young Adults: Individual Age 16-25
  • Adults: Individual Age 26 +


Bronze Level Service Award Criteria
Kids: 26 to 49 hours
Teens: 50 to 74 hours
Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
Adults: 100 to 249 hours
Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours
Silver Level Service Award Criteria
Kids: 50 to 74 hours
Teens: 75 to 99 hours
Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
Adults: 250 to 499 hours
Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours
Gold Level Service Award Criteria
Kids: 75 hours or more
Teens: 100 hours or more
Young Adults: 250 hours or more
Adults: 500 hours or more
Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more
  President's Call to Service
Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria
All Ages: 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service over a lifetime. 

Award Application Process
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Register for one or more of our three Youth Service Awards by filling out this online form:

Youth Service Awards Registration

Past Mayor’s Award and Commissioner's Award winners and
Current Mayor’s Award and Commissioner's Award Registrants:

You may register to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award based on hours you have already served or are currently registered to serve by filling out the online form below:

President's Award Registration


Paying for the Presidential Award
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The $30 processing fee is due August 19. Click here to make your secure online payment or make a check out to the TNVLC and mail it to:

Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center
Attn: President's Award
PO Box 3374
Durham, NC 27702

If you would like to apply to have the $30 fee waived click here and download the financial assistance application which is due June 30. 

Questions? Contact John Rich:, 919.681-1835