Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members


Kids (5-10)
26 – 49

Teens (11–15)
50 – 74

Young Adults (16-25)
100 – 174

Adults (26 and older)
100 – 249

Families and Groups*
200 – 499


Kids (5-10)
50 – 74

Teens (11–15)
75 – 99

Young Adults (16-25)
175 – 249

Adults (26 and older
250 – 499

Families and Groups*
500 – 999


Kids (5-10)
75 +

Teens (11–15)
100 +

Young Adults (16-25)
250 +

Adults (26 and older)

Families and Groups*

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award:

Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime

​Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin, a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States and a letter from the President of Points of Light and the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

​This information is made available courtesy of AmeriCorps