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President's Volunteer Service Award and Global Students Volunteer Service Award

Are you on track to complete 100+ hours of community service this year? The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement wants to recognize you! 

Drexel University is a certifying organization of the President's Volunteer Service Award, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administered by Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the President's Volunteer Service Award celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. For students who are not citizens of the United States, we're offering the Global Students Volunteer Service Award to recognize you for the same achievements!


Who can receive the President's Volunteer Service Award and Global Students Volunteer Service Award?
The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States that have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), or, for the Lifetime Award, more than 4,000 cumulative service hours over a lifetime. Recognizing Drexel University's commitment to inclusivity, the Global Students Volunteer Service Award recognizes both Drexel's international student body as well as students participating in the DACA program.

For each of these awards, individuals are recognized according to the following award criteria.

Young Adults Ages 16-25
Bronze: 100 – 174 service hours 

Silver: 175 – 249 service hours 
Gold: 250+ service hours 

Adults Ages 26+ 
Bronze: 100 – 249 service hours 
Silver: 250 – 499 service hours 
Gold: 500+ service hours 

What types of service are recognized?
Community service must be performed with one or more nonprofit organizations. To verify if an organization is a nonprofit organization, search their name here or contact Activities such as mowing a neighbor’s lawn or babysitting do not count towards recognition. Volunteers may not be paid for the service and the service efforts must not be court-ordered. Additionally, the award only recognizes volunteer service as service hours completed; monetary or other in-kind contributions are not grounds for recognizing an individual with a President's Volunteer Service Award or Global Students Volunteer Service Award. To find community service opportunities, please click here

What is included with the Award?
The President's Volunteer Service Award packages include a personalized certificate of achievement, official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, and congratulatory letter from the President of United States. The Global Students Volunteer Service Award include a personalized letter of achievement and desk memento.

Why should I apply for this award?
If you’ve already made a commitment to community service, this is a great opportunity to receive formal recognition. Being able to showcase your achievement on your resume shows prospective employers that you’re civically minded. If you’re not already involved in community service, why not start now?

I’m interested! How do I get recognized?
Step 1: Complete this quick form to inform the Lindy Center of your intention to earn the award.
Step 2: Log service hours in DragonLink according to the instructions here. Service hours for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 year MUST be entered by May 1, 2019 in order to receive recognition at the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement’s Year End Celebration. Awards received between May 2, 2019 - June 30, 2019 will be available for pick-up in July 2019.

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, please click here