Presidential Service Award

See also SeniorCorpsCertificationBatchForm.xls | and President's Award template

President's Volunteer Service Award PVSA

Use reports:

Fields in the Certificate:

Pamela Donald [Madison County RSVP, Huntsville, AL] on nssctalk wrote: This is how Mary Louise Schweikert explained the [awards] process to me:

Service hours are counted from date of enrollment to the present. These totals are what qualify for bronze, silver, and gold awards. The difference between this and the lifetime award is that the total hours must be 4000 hours or more to qualify for lifetime. Each year a volunteer may qualify for a another award level, for example if they received a bronze this year, next year they may have accumulated enough additional hours to qualify for a silver or gold award.

The web site states accumulative over a 12 month period. "This is the information for volunteers and organizations in the general public. Please visit the PVSA website specifically for RSVP, FGP, and SCP volunteers and directors at for the correct information."

Mary Louise Schweikert:

Volunteer hours for RSVP volunteers for whom you are ordering President's Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) should be calculated based on the cumulative hours a volunteer has served from the time he/she enrolled in your program until the date you are ordering the awards. At the point at which a volunteer accumulates 4,000 or more hours from the date he/she enrolled in the RSVP, he/she is eligible for the Lifetime (also called the "Call to Service") award. The point of the awards is for every volunteer to progress from Bronze to Silver to Gold to a Lifetime award as they accumulate hours from year to year.


It's important to understand that the PVSA awards are available not only to RSVP programs and RSVP volunteers, but to all organizations and volunteers in the general public (these volunteers or organizations must pay for the awards themselves). For volunteers in the general public, the hours to be submitted when applying for the PVSA awards are those served only in the previous 12 months. In fact, if you visit the PVSA website for the general public ( you will see this criteria listed. However, this is NOT the basis for calculating hours for RSVP volunteers.


I served as the National PVSA Coordinator for the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors (NAFGPD) from 2004 until the PVSA program ended in June 2006 and have served as the National PVSA Coordinator for the National Association of RSVP Directors (NARSVPD) since April 2005; if I make incorrect statements regarding awards for SCP volunteers, I hope someone from that association will correct me. CNCS first awarded PVSA grants to the National FGP, RSVP, and SCP Associations in 2004. At that time, in recognition of the fact that FGP, RSVP and SCP volunteers are different from the average volunteer in the general public in that they frequently serve in the same program for years and give many hours of service, CNCS, NAFGPD, NARSVPD, and the SCP directors association worked together with the PVSA staff at the Points of Light Foundation to set different criteria for FGP, RSVP and SCP volunteers. The award criteria set then is the same that applies today, and is the same that you will find on the website that is designed specifically for RSVP, FGP, and SCP directors to use: Again, that criteria states that volunteer hours for RSVP (and FGP, and SCP) volunteers for whom you are ordering President's Volunteer Service Awards should be calculated based on the cumulative hours a volunteer has served from the time he/she enrolled in your program until the date you are ordering the awards.

Unfortunately, RSVP directors received misinformation in writing and by word of mouth back when the PVSA project started in 2004. Consequently, many RSVP directors calculated awards that first year based on only the hours served in the previous 12 months, and they continue to give awards based on the previous 12 months of service. This is all right if that is how you began to calculate the hours, as it might be difficult to change course now. However, I encourage RSVP directors who are able to do so to award their volunteers for the full breadth of their service by using cumulative hours when ordering the Presidential awards. Once a volunteer reaches the "magic" total of 4,000 cumulative hours served since he/she enrolled in RSVP and receives the Lifetime Award, you could—to avoid giving that volunteer more than one Lifetime award – give that volunteer a Presidential award in subsequent years based on only the hours he/she has served in the previous 12 months.

To avoid confusion, I encourage RSVP directors to use only the website designed for them – . At that site you will also find the spreadsheet that – again – is designed specifically for RSVP directors to use to submit orders for 50 or more awards. I also have specific ordering instructions that I would be happy to send to anyone who needs them—just email me privately, or feel free to call.

Mary Louise Schweikert
National Coordinator
1370 Mountain Rd.
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
570.713.8800 (voice)

For mailing list do filter # of hours:
bronze - Adults: 100 to 249 hours
silver - Adults: 250 to 499 hours
gold - Adults: 500 hours or more

Instructions [tab] from the form

The form has 4 tabs: Start Here! Payment Info, Certification, Instructions, Award Criteria.


All the information is required with the exception of the comments field.  

First Name

Enter the first name of the nominee

Last Name

Enter the last name of the nominee

Name to Appear on Certificate

This column is automatically populated from First and Last Name

Hours Served

Enter the number of cumulative hours served by the volunteer since
he/she enrolled in your program

Age Group

Enter (4) 50+

Primary Area of Service 

Enter the corresponding number (1,2,3 or 4) of the primary area of service:

1 - Youth Achievement

Includes volunteer activities such as mentoring, coaching, tutoring, improving literacy in areas such as reading and finance, and volunteering to keep young people engaged academically in education.

2 - Parks and Open Spaces

Includes volunteer efforts to conserve and protect our parklands and gardens, neighborhood cleanups and creating safe playgrounds. It also includes creating safe and meaningful experiences and outdoor activities for individuals to enjoy the environment and our natural resources.

3 - Healthy Communities

Includes volunteer efforts to help the elderly, disabled, diseased, hungry or homeless, and to improve the economic health of the community. These could include volunteering for health and nutrition education services, immunization campaigns, resume building, career training, disease screenings, hospital support, blood drives, veterans outreach, working with local public health programs, micro-enterprise and business development.

4 - Public Safety & Emergency Response

Includes volunteer efforts for individuals and families to make their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. It includes preparedness training, volunteer firefighters, and programs like Citizen Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Medical Reserve Corps and Volunteers in Police Serivce.

Type (This information is required)

Select (I) Individual

Lifetime Award (This information is required)

Enter (Y) or (N).  If you wish to order the President's Call to Service
Award (lifetime) for an eligible volunteer, you must select (Y); otherwise,
select (N).

Award Period Year (Mandatory)

Enter the ending date of the Award Period Year with the following format: month/day/year (mm/dd/yyyy)

Old note: did not add lifetime hours in the Reporter before 2000 Version 4.2

Note: Can find the spreadsheet when log-in to (the special website for NSSC directors) to order awards
Ann's username:
password: fm3n2g