America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.
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.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.
This year, Congregation Beth Israel became a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Service awards.
The award is broken up into 4 catagories; Kids (Ages 5-14), Young Adults (15-25), Adults (26+), and Groups/Families. All hours are to be completed in a 12-month period.
Kids: 50 to 74 hours
Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
Adults: 100 to 249 hours
Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours
Kids: 75 to 99 hours
Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
Adults: 250 to 499 hours
Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours
Kids: 100 hours or more
Young Adults: 250 hours or more
Adults: 500 hours or more
Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more
How to recieve award
The Presidential service award does not require children under the age of 14 to register their hours online. Instead, please bring a sheet listing the locations of service and hours logged, signed by a parent/guardian.
For students over the age of 14:
When you have done this, please email the Youth Director at
to make sure your profile linked to our organization page.
- Go to http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
- Click on the tab "Track your hours" and register yourself.
- To link your profile with the Congregation Beth Israel group, so we can order your awards, when filling out the information under the "Profile" tab, enter DQB-51533 as the record of service key.
- Click on "Track your hours" to start entering your service.