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President’s Volunteer Service Award

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The Bloc is a Certifying Organization (CO) of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award for Nebraska residents and volunteers

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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 to honor the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation!
 
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

  • Volunteer must complete eligible service within 12 months (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

  • The Bloc is only giving priority to volunteers that live in the State of Nebraska at the moment

Eligible Service:
  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefiting others

    • Volunteer service hours may be performed with or outside of The Bloc's projects.

    • 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

 
Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

 

                  Volunteer                                Age                       Bronze                        Silver                         Gold
                       Kids                                   (5 – 10)                    26 – 49                       50 – 74                         75+
                      Teens                                 (11 – 15)                  50 – 74                       75 – 99                        100+
                Young Adults                          (16 – 25)                100 – 174                    175 – 249                     250+
                      Adults                                  (26+)                   100 – 249                     250 – 499                     500+

 

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award:
Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.

 

Award Packages

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Packages include:

  • Customized certificate

  • Choice of pin, coin, or medallion

  • Congratulatory letter from the president

Volunteers may choose to receive only the certificate.


Lifetime Achievement Certificate package includes:

  • Enlarged, personalized certificate

  • Congratulatory letter from the President
     

** Some PVSA awards are on backorder**
*** The Bloc has no control over this situation. ***

 

To get your service hours certified:

  1. Record service hours in the volunteer’s Hours Tracking Sheet.

  2. Record all service hours as they are completed

  3. Volunteer hours served with other organizations must include organizational contact information, service date, and service description. Verification from the organization where the service was completed must be sent to The Bloc for it to be approved. A photo of a volunteer sign-in sheet, a photo of the volunteer actively engaged in the volunteer activity, or a letter from the outside organization is acceptable. A letter from a parent is not sufficient. 

  4. Complete eligible service hours within a 12-month period (any consecutive 12-month period is allowed)

  5. Once the volunteer has all of the hours needed for the desired PVSA award level, and they have been entered into the Tracking Sheet, Submit all documentation to The Bloc at contact@communitybloc.com.

  6. If approved, The Bloc will request the award on your behalf. Award Requests are placed once a quarter.  Applications must be submitted to The Bloc by March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 30. Any application after these dates will be included in the next approval cycle.

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