The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.
The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement (LCCE) is an official certifying organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award. We encourage all volunteers to create an account and begin tracking your service hours.
Complete a verification form and log your hours by creating a profile on the President’s Volunteer Service Award website using the Record of Service Key: LPP-20656, to identify UT Austin as your institution.
Once your forms and logs are completed, the LCCE will certify your hours and order your award. Additionally, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients are recognized during our annual Tower Awards ceremony recognizing students, faculty, staff and community partners committed to service within the UT Austin community.
Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world!
Learn more at http://www.presidentialserviceaward.gov
1. What are the 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 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. The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement is an approved Certifying Organization.
- Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.
- The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement can verify volunteer hours for the previous year beginning in April until April of the current year. The LCCE recognizes students during their annual Tower Awards ceremony which takes place in May of every year.
2. How many hours do I need to qualify for each award category?
- Bronze Level
Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
Adults: 100 to 249 hours
Groups: 200 to 499 hours*
- Silver Level
Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
Adults: 250 to 499 hours
Groups: 500 to 999 hours*
- Gold Level
Young Adults: 250 hours or more
Adults: 500 hours or more
Groups: 1000 hours or more*
*Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total.
3. May I apply service hours that I completed as part of an AmeriCorps program or received a stipend?
- Volunteer hours must be non-paid hours.* (If volunteer is being paid a stipend hours served are not eligible.)
- * AmeriCorps participants are allowed to apply the hours served during their stipend year towards the lifetime achievement award following your active year.
4. How does LCCE verify my hours?
- You must create an account on the www.presidentialserviceawards.gov and log your hours
- Create your online profile and add the UT Austin code, LPP-20656, in the “your record of service key” tracking box. Do not add this code under the tab “Groups.”
- Begin adding hours for the past 12 months by clicking “Create New Record” under the “My Service” tab. You will have 12 months from the date of your first entry to complete your hours (If your first hour log starts April 2013 you have until April 1, 2014 to submit hours for your particular recognition, i.e. Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award
- All hours entered must be supported by a log signed by a site supervisor. The log should include dates, hours, signature of supervisor and contact information for that supervisor. These logs should be submitted to the LCCE as soon as the student reaches a level for which they would like to be recognized (Bronze, Silver, or Gold levels.) If you need a log to document signatures, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- You are not required to submit the LCCE log in order for us to verify your hours. As long as you have documentation with the information described above, we will compare those hours to what you have submitted online through the Record of Service on the PVSA website.
5. Can I receive an award every year?
- Yes, an individual may receive an award every year but must follow all the requirements as described above including submission of documentation.
- You may also consider receiving the Lifetime award which requires 4,000 hours to be contributed towards the award.
6. How does my student group apply for the PVSA group award?
- The student group president/leader may contact LCCE to have a group key created.
- Group members should only create an individual account if they would like to be recognized for individual efforts including hours they contributed to their student group. The president of the organization will provide the group key to have their hours counted towards the group total for the individual student. (Group keys are input under the “Groups” tab for the online profile.)
- Groups must turn in logs into the LCCE as they reach a level for which they would like to be recognized.
- Log hours for groups may be entered online by the LCCE. The president or service chair of the organization may submit the total hours for the group on their own documentation they have been using throughout the year.
- Contact the LCCE if you need an hour log to document your groups volunteer hours at email@example.com
7. Do I have to be a UT student to apply?
- No, anyone can apply for the PVSA. UT students have their service hours certified by the LCCE.
- If you are not a UT student, hours can be certified by us if your service was done locally (within Travis county.)
- If you are not a UT student and hours were not done locally, you will need to find a local organization that can certify your hours.