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Presidential Service Award Challenge

Get a letter from the President this year

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to our communities.  And there are some New Yorkers who have made volunteering a part of their daily routines.  We can’t thank them enough, but one way is with a little help from the President.  We’re partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service as a certifying organization to present the President’s Volunteer Service Award to New York Cares volunteers.  Through this program outstanding volunteers will receive a letter from the president, a certificate, and a pin.

So what are you waiting for? Start tracking your progress today by signing up for the Presidential Service Award Challenge below. Awards are based on the number of hours completed between January 1 and December 31.

  • Bronze level: 100-249 hours
  • Silver level: 250- 499 hours
  • Gold level: 500 or more hours

Award recipients will receive:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States

More information about the award can be found on the Presidential Service Award website.

Not yet a volunteer?

More than 65,000 New Yorkers volunteered last year on projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. If you see a challenge that is affecting your community, New York Cares offers volunteer opportunities where you can respond.

If you don't have an account yet, get started today.

Eligibility Requirements

  • New York Cares can only verify hours done through New York Cares. Volunteering with other organizations cannot be used in combination with New York Cares service hours.
  • Awards will be processed in January and sent out in mid-April.
  • Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents 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 or recognition events, are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.