After an extended application process, United Way of Southwest Virginia has been selected and approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The national President’s Volunteer Service Award program was created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
To qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a volunteer must record volunteer hours online through United Way’s Volunteer Center, but United Way staff members say that hours do not have to be only for volunteer work in support of United Way. A volunteer must meet service hour requirements over a 12-month period (January – December 2017). Minimums to qualify for the award are: 26 hours for children (5-10), 50 hours for teens (11-15), 100 hours for young adults (16-25) and adults (26 and older), and 200 hours for families and groups.
Debby Loggans, Volunteer Center Manager for United Way of Southwest Virginia, said, “Volunteers are critical to our organization’s success – and our region’s success – and they’re a vital part of our mission.”
Winners of the award will receive a medallion, certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. The winners will be notified in January 2018 for volunteer service completed in 2017 and recorded through United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Volunteer Center by December 31, 2017.
For more information about volunteering across Southwest Virginia or signing up with United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Volunteer Center, visit volunteerswva.org or contact Debby Loggans, Volunteer Center Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-628-4101.