Joshua’s Hands


The President Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA ) is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world.

Presidential recognition sets the volunteer/service learner apart from peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though servant leaders may not seek recognition, their example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

How it Works


Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.

    • Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted

    permanent resident of the United States.

    •Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or

    over the course of a lifetime.

    *Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation

    with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for

    the award.

    • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.

    • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.

    • Service must be with an approved Certifying Organization that is legally

    established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of

    the U.S. territories.


Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.


Awards cannot be ordered if applicants do not have a file at the awards site linked to the Joshua’s Hands Award Website.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

Register and complete a profile.

• ENTER the ROS key associated with Joshua’s Hands to link your profile: INL-9852

• Record your volunteer hours and activities to track your progress towards a bronze, silver, gold, or Lifetime Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award.

  1. You will be responsible for entering all volunteer hours and associated documentation, including site supervisor.

  2. Once you have served enough hours, email us to arrange your award:


President’s Volunteer Service Award