President’s Volunteer Service Award
ABOUT THE AWARD
(IT LOOKS FABULOUS ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!)
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States. It is administered on a local level through a Certifying Organization. Take Note Troupe is registered as a CO.
The award consists of a lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. It is earned when the volunteer meets the hourly requirement of service and civic participation within a 12 month period. The 12-month period does not have to be on a calendar year. Service can be done as an individual or with a group but must be, of course, unpaid.
There is no limit to the number of times this award can be earned. Recipients are eligible to receive the award once every 12 months.
THE AWARD PACKAGE
There are three levels of recognition per age group.
Kids: Age 5 – 14 Young Adults: Age 15 – 25
Bronze Level : 50 to 74 hours Bronze Level: 100 to 174 hours
Silver Level: 75 to 99 hours Silver Level: 175 to 249 hours
Gold Level: 100 hours or more Gold Level: 250 hours or more
HOW THE AWARD IS ORDERED AND DISTRIBUTED
The cost of the award is borne by the recipient, and is currently $4.75 plus $6.00 shipping and handling. Once your hours are verified (this must be done online by the CO), the award is ordered. You will be given an application to mail along with your check.
TO GET REGISTERED AS A VOLUNTEER IN THE PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM, AND TO LINK YOUR VOLUNTEER RECORD TO TNT:
- go to the website: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
- put cursor on: “Get Involved” (it’s in the blue menu bar, running across the page, near the top) and select “Volunteers” from the drop down menu that appears
- Register: it’s a blue button about half way down the page
- Create your profile:
* you are required to fill out every box in the personal info section. Use any username and password you want (the username will appear in your profile)
* you are required to select at least one box in the “Select Level of Focus” section. I suggest you select the last Level of Focus area, “Other”, as your Primary Area, and then Arts & Culture as the subcategory in that area.
* you are required to select an opt-in preference
* enter the captcha code and select the ‘submit application’ button. This will take you to your newly created ‘home’ page.
* Select “My profile” (it’s a blue button). This will take you to your profile page.
* Review all of your profile information to make sure it is correct.
* Enter ‘Your Record of Service Key’. To do this, select the blue button “Add”. Enter HRW-40218 and select “Save”. This will take you back to your profile page.
* You will see that TNT now appears as part of your profile information. You are ready to log service hours.
TO LOG SERVICE HOURS:
When you login, your home page appears. Select ‘My Service’ (it’s a blue button off to the right). This will take you to the “My Service” page. If you have service entries, you will see them tabulated here. Click on the blue button “Add Activity”. This will take you to a “Record of Service” page. This is where you add your service hours. You must fill in every box.
For “Service Activity” be specific. This is the only place I can look to figure out what you did. Sometimes a simple entry is informative enough, sometimes more information is needed. What you need to do is avoid vagueness, such as ‘helped neighbor, babysat kids, collected books. Sample entries =
- Rehearsal – A Comedy of Errors
- Dress Rehearsal – A Comedy of Errors
- Free Public Performance – A Comedy of Errors, Roseville
- Benefit Performance – A Comedy of Errors, Colfax School
- Student Council Meeting – Del Oro High School
- Food Drive – Boy Scouts
- Sing at senior center – Lincoln
- mowed neighbor’s lawn
- built park benches – Eagle Scout Project, BSA
- Presidency meeting – youth organization
‘Benefiting Organization’ is the organization benefiting from your service. I suggest entering ‘local communities’ for activities of general benefit (i.e. Shakespeare rehearsals and performances) and entering an organizations name when done for a specific group (i.e. school workshop). Sometimes the organization you are working for and the entity that benefits are the same (i.e. a school workshop) and sometimes they are different (i.e. a Boy Scout food drive).
Fill the rest of the boxes out, select ‘Save’. If you have more than one entry to create, select ‘Save & New’. You have now created an entry for that service on that date. You must enter every entry individually. There is no repeat button. However, type the first letter of your entry and a drop down of choices will appear allowing you to autofill. That will save time.
Before logging out, review your service record on your ‘My Service’ page to be sure the activities entered as expected.
Michelle Romero, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-652-9043, 650-387-1750 (cell)