The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a national award issued and recognized by the federal government of the United States of American. PVSA includes annual and lifetime awards (please refer to the Award criteria below for a full list of PVSA awards). PVSA is one of the most authoritative proof of your participation in community volunteering services.
Spartan Chinese School (the School) became a certifying organization of PVSA on June 1st, 2021, and is able to record the volunteering hours for the volunteers and apply for PVSA for them. We hope our students, teachers, parents, and community members actively participate in community services, to build a better school and community, while increasing our personal and organizational visibility and sense of belonging.
Fees and eligibility
Volunteers do NOT need to pay any fees for volunteering hour recording for PVSA. All related costs will be covered by the School.
The volunteers need to be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and 5 years old or above.
Volunteers can get their volunteering hours recorded by the School and their awards applied via the School if they belong to one of the three categories below:
Currently registered students at the School;
Current teachers, Executive Committee members, Board of Directors members at the School, and their children. Or,
Other volunteers who serve the School for at least 10 hours a year (please refer to the Time frame below).
Time frame, types of services, and hour recording
From June 1st every year to May 31st next year, the School will record volunteering hours for the volunteers and help them apply for PVSA based on their service hours.
The eligible services to be recorded include:
Services and activities within the School: the School will record the services and hours and notify the volunteers.
Community services participated via the School: the School will record the services and hours and notify the volunteers.
Services organized by other organizations: The volunteers need to submit to the School the details about the services, hours, and evidence (e.g. records, photos, letters). The link for submission with the detailed requirements is here: https://forms.gle/yVrrWD44P85juj3n8
Spontaneous community services without specific organizers: The volunteers need to submit to the School the details about the services, hours, and evidence (e.g. records, photos, letters). The link for submission with the detailed requirements is here: https://forms.gle/yVrrWD44P85juj3n8
*Note: If the service is a performance, the practice time can NOT be counted as volunteering hours, but the time spent on rehearsal, performance, and video recording can be counted.
Award Criteria and Ceremony
Every June, the School will announce the volunteering hours for all the volunteers in the last year (June 1st of last year to May 31st of current year). If the volunteers have questions or services to add, please bring them up by July so they can be considered.
Every July, the School will apply the PVSA awards for the volunteers. The volunteers must meet BOTH criteria below in order to apply their awards via the School:
Meet the volunteering hour requirements for awards according to the standard criteria.
Served the School for at least 2 hours in the last year.
(Please see the breakdown in the image below)
*Note: If a volunteer participates in activities in other PVSA certifying organizations, he/she can choose among:
Having all hour records provided to the School for awards.
Having the School provide his/her hours to other organizations for awards.
Applying awards via more than one organization, without double-counting of the volunteering hours.
In the school meeting at the beginning of each School Year, the PVSA award packages will be presented to the awarded volunteers in front of the whole school!
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