FAQ on President’s Volunteer Service Award:
What is President’s Volunteer Service Award?
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.
The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.
Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and managed in partnership with Points of Light, this program allows Certifying Organizations to recognize their most exceptional volunteers. (Reproduced from https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/about)
Who is eligible to receive the award?
The eligibility criteria for volunteers to receive the award is detailed at the link, https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/eligibility
Who issues the certificate?
Asha-Jyothi, as the certifying organization, recommends volunteer name to the program administrator (Corporation for National and Community Service) upon the volunteer having logged the required services hours for each award category.
Does an awardee have to pay for the cost of award package?
No. Asha-Jyothi will pay for the cost of award package it chooses to have issued to the awardee.
Can I choose to receive the type of award package – certificate, medallion, pin, and/or coin?
Asha-Jyothi reserves the right to select the type of award package. It will be based on consistent set of guidelines to be established complying with the program recommendations.
Where can I track my hours and tally remaining hours left to volunteer for the award?
The certifying organization is responsible to keeping record of service data of volunteers, along with identification of hours that are basis for service award. The information shall be accessible for audit by program administrator, when required. A volunteer is encouraged to keep a spreadsheet, as their own record, of service hours and other information. Depending on technical capability of information system used by certifying organization, the data may be readily accessible from the system by volunteers. At a minimum, the certifying organization will provide response to volunteers on their information request about their current status in a reasonable time.
How does AJ keep track of the volunteers/volunteer hours. Is it publicly available?
At this time, the information is not publicly accessible. It will be managed internally. The ability for volunteer to access the information will be evaluated as part of evolution of system capabilities. Meantime, however, the volunteer can request chapter director/coordinator for information with a view to sync the volunteer’s record of service hours to that of Asha-Jyothi, and seek to resolve the missing hours, if any.
Is the Lifetime achievement award for all the years that I have been volunteering?
The minimum eligible age of volunteer to qualify for award is 5 years and above. The volunteer hours will count to the lifetime goal besides the yearly goal for different award tiers (Bronze, Silver, and Gold). The life time goal is 4000+ hours. At this time, the PVSA program administrator has not made it available for award.
How many times is one eligible to receive the award?
There is no limit to the number of times to receive the award for a volunteer. Each award is a recognition of eligible service hours accumulated within a continuous 12-month period.
When does the 12-month period start?
The certifying organization selects and maintains the start date of 12-month period consistently. The date will be applicable for volunteers who seek to have eligible service hours recognized by Asha-Jyothi. The start date is chosen as September 1st. This is in view of date of approval of Asha-Jyothi as the certifying organization on August 28th.
Can I volunteer at another organization and have AJ certify those hours towards PVSA?
The PVSA program directs the volunteer to be associated with the certifying organization (Asha-Jyothi), which can be recipient of service by volunteer or facilitator of service. The facilitator is interpreted as role enabling progress of the volunteer’s reach to the goal, by recognizing volunteer’s service in other contexts, not directly associated with the certifying organization. The association of a volunteer with certifying organization can be fairly established as 50% of hours of the goal to the award as served in the context of Asha-Jyothi.
What is the process for verification of volunteer hours at other organization and how does AJ validate?
The verification of servicer hours claims at other organizations have to be in accordance with policy and procedures of Asha-Jyothi for such verification. At a minimum, the designated administrator at the other organization has to vouch in writing that they received the volunteer hours for their organization along dates of service, and details of service performed. The service hours claimed against the services rendered shall be reasonable for the type of service.