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2015 Certificate Code: 395c028a-02de-489-93ac-2abaf00516e6

TWRC Wildlife Center is proud to be a certifying organization approved to review and verify volunteer hours, nominate eligible volunteers, and distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) to eligible volunteers.

The information below is provided as a brief overview. Please see the PVSA website for further details or email [email protected] with your questions.

Award Background

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Certifying Your Hours

To be eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, applicants’ service hours must be confirmed by a registered Certifying Organization.

Although it is our pleasure to offer these awards, the awards are not free to the certifying organization. Therefore, if your hours are not volunteered at TWRC Wildlife Center or completed on behalf of TWRC Wildlife Center, please email [email protected] to discuss.

Award Eligibility

You can participate in service projects by yourself, with family members, neighbors, or colleagues from work. In fact, service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the hours for a particular award be completed within 12 months. Past award recipients can qualify for a new award.

Awards

Award recipients can select from the following or a combination thereof:

  • A personalized certificate of achievement and congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin
  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award coin
  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award medallion
  • A pin or Coin or Medallion package which includes the certificate and the President’s letter

There are three levels (Individual, Groups, or Lifetime) of the Awardvarying by hours of service which must be completed within a 12-month period

Kids – Ages 5 – 10

  • Bronze Award 26 – 49 hours
  • Silver Award 50 – 74 hours
  • Gold Award 75 or more hours

Teens – Ages 11 – 15

  • Bronze Award 50 – 74 hours
  • Silver Award 75 – 99 hours
  • Gold Award 100 or more hours

Young AdultsAges 16 – 25

  • Bronze Award 100-174 hours
  • Silver Award 175 – 249 hours
  • Gold Award 250 or more hours

Adults – Ages 26 and up

  • Bronze Award 100 – 249 hours
  • Silver Award 250 – 499 hours
  • Gold Award 500 or more hours

Families and Groups (two or more people)*

  • Bronze Award 200 – 499 hours
  • Silver Award 500 – 999 hours
  • Gold Award 1,000 or more hours

*Each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total

President’s Call to Service Award

  • Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer service hours over the course of their lifetime are eligible to receive the President’s Call to Service Award.

Tracking Hours

As long as we know who you are and when you volunteered, TWRC tracks hours of Center Volunteers, Baby Bird feeders, Baby Squirrel feeders, Onsite Animal Care volunteers, Vet Room Assistants and Vet Room staff. These hours are first captured through VolunteerSpot when you sign up and then verified prior to being entered into GiftWorks. We can also include special work you have done that is not part of the hours shown in VolunteerSpot. If you have any questions about the tracking currently being done, please contact the appropriate staff member:

Currently, we are not tracking the hours of many adults and students who do volunteer work on our behalf although we would be most happy to do so. Some examples of people or groups we may not be capturing hours for:

  • Service projects (e.g. scouts, student-initiated programs)
  • Volunteers helping out with the Education programs
  • Rehabber hours

If we are not currently tracking your hours and you would like us to do so, please email the PVSA Volunteer so that we can set up a process to do so.