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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.

  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards).

  • Must be able to show proof of performed volunteer hours.

  • Is able to attend the annual event and award distribution. 

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others.

    • 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.

As your certifying organisation

  • You must follow our establish procedures to ensure compliance with PVSA eligibility and other program requirements.

  • Conduct yourself and complete your volunteer hours both ethically and without deception. 

  • We will revoke a PVSA when information is presented that any awardee did not meet criteria for the Award. If the information reflecting ineligibility did not come from Points of Light or the Corporation for National and Community Service, we will inform both parties of any such contemplated revocation and the justification prior to initiating procedures.

  • We will maintain a data bank that provides the capability to retrieve all information upon which an award was based, by individual awardee's name and year of the award. We shall maintain, as part of the databank, a checklist for each awardee by name reflecting that each of the required criteria for an award as detailed under "Volunteer Eligibility Criteria" has been met.

  • If there is a time lag longer than 3 months between approving and purchasing the award and the actual award date, we will recertify that the individual remains eligible for the award and maintains such certification in the data bank.

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