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President’s Volunteer Service Award
SASO Girls Fairfield was approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award! This prestigious designation is a tremendous honor for SASO and gives us the ability to bestow Presidential recognition to our outstanding volunteers.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the United States’ premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through Presidential gratitude and national recognition. PVSA recognizes volunteers who have achieved the required number of service hours over a 12-month period. Along with the ultimate honor of Presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official memento, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
For SASO members, the PVSA award period is the same as that of the SASO membership year, June 1st – May 31st. Awards are given for Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of achievement and targets for Teens (age 11-15) begin at 50 service hours for a Bronze award; Young Adults (age 16-25) begin at 100 hours of service. All service must be completed in the designated 12-month period. For additional information please visit the PVSA website: https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov
Congratulations to SASO Girls on this designation and the acknowledgement of the good work we all are doing in our community. We hope that this opportunity for Presidential recognition will inspire some of our volunteer leaders to take on the challenge and answer the President’s call to service!
Individuals that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.
There is no “application” for the PVSA. It is solely based on the number of logged and certified volunteer hours accumulated during the SASO membership year, which is June 1 – May 31st.
Girls should create a profile on the PVSA website and begin to log their volunteer hours. SASO will certify their volunteer hours and sponsor them for the PVSA if they meet all of the requirements.
To create a profile:
Girls can enter their volunteer hours from June 1st and continue to enter new hours as they are completed until May 31st.
SASO Requirements for PVSA Certification
The SASO award Year is from June 1st – May 31st.
A minimum of 30% of the hours used for qualification for PVSA must be attained through SASO service events.
For service hours completed through SASO, the volunteer’s participation must be on record with the SASO Membership VP. This is done via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after participation in each event. Important: If you do not report your participation after each event, SASO will not have a record of your service and will not be able to certify it for the PVSA.
For Service hours not served through SASO a signed Community Service Verification Form is required. This form is available on the SASO website.
When entering Volunteer hours please put SASO/Name of Benefiting Organization in the Benefiting Organization field. For Example:SASO/Operation Hope, SASO/CT Challenge, SASO/Bigelow Senior Center.
To determine the appropriate award category, Teen (11-15) or Young Adult(16-25), a volunteer will qualify for the age that they are for the majority of the award year (at least 7 of the 12 months).
For questions, contact the SASO PVSA Coordinator: Maureen Valus at email@example.com