Press release


The Northwood Program partners with President's Council on Service and Civic Participation as an approved Certifying Organization to deliver President's Volunteer Service Award(PVSA).

Newington, CT : The Northwood Program is proud to announce today its partnership with the White House by becoming a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Being approved as a Certifying Organization, The Northwood Program will be responsible for verifying community service hours and delivering the PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD to honor its volunteers with the one of the highest honors- Presidential recognition.

Sam Sharma, Founder of The Northwood Program said "We are very excited and honored to be able to recognize our program participants with President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Every participant in our program will have the opportunity to be entered into our database, our program will keep track of their volunteer hours and after verification, receive and distribute the award package to our outstanding participants, all service- minded individuals are encouraged to volunteer through our program and participation in our program is not necessary"

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The Award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period. Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for their annual commitment to volunteer service as long as they meet the hourly requirements.  In addition, individuals who complete 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over the course of their lifetime will be recognized with the President’s Call to Service Award.

President George W. Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 to help recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and John Glenn serving as honorary co-chairs, the Council includes leaders from government, business, media, entertainment, education, and nonprofit, volunteer service and community organizations.

Currently convened by President Barack Obama, the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation issues the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Fact Sheet on Award - (PDF)

Award Levels
Age Bronze Silver Gold
Kids (Age 5-14) 50-74 75-99 100+

Young Adults (Age 15-25)

100-174 175-249 250+
Adults (Age 26+) 100-249 250-499 500+

What does the Presidential Volunteer Service Award consist of ?

Those who qualify for the award are eligible to receive the following:

  • An Official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States

What is the benefit of earning the Presidential Volunteer Service Award?
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious national honor that highlights your commitment to serving the community and the nation. This award not only looks good on a resume (for college admission and future job applications) but it allows you to inspire others to follow in your footsteps to contribute to their communities through volunteer service and to make volunteer service a central part of their lives.

Which award will I earn?
Awards are calculated by service hours completed over a calendar year (12-months, January through December). Qualifying for a specific award level is determined by the achievement of a certain number of hours within each depicted age-group.

For more information on President's Volunteer Service Award and to search for volunteer opportunities in your area visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.

For Community Service/Volunteer opportunities with The Northwood Program visit www.thenorthwoodprogram.com