Presidential Volunteer Service Award for 4-H Members and Volunteers

PA 4-H is now a certifying organization to receive acknowledgement from the President of the United States for dedication of volunteer service.

Serving the community is one of the pillars of 4-H

Serving the community is one of the pillars of 4-H


Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  • 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 (Oct. 1 – Sept 30) 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 (i.e. PA 4-H Program).

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 (Oct. 1 – Sept 30) 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.

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

Hours by Award and Recipient Classification

Recipient Classification Bronze Silver Gold

Kids (5-10)

26 – 49

50 – 74

75 +

Teens (11–15)

50 – 74

75 – 99

100 +

Young Adults (16-25)

<100 – 174

175 – 249

250 +

Adults (26 and older)

100 – 249

250 – 499


Families and Groups*

200 – 499

500 – 999


* Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.

Next Steps:

  • Get the word out! Make volunteers aware of criteria
  • How to Apply if You’re a Volunteer – go to
  • It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
    • Set up your volunteer profile in the system and share a little bit about yourself.
    • Begin to track and record your volunteer hours and activities from Oct. 1 – Sept. 30.
    • Submit a record of service to your Extension Educator, which will verify your hours.
    • Make sure all volunteers have the ROS key: BGG-3090

This is an annual award, Oct 1-Sept 30th or given over the course of a lifetime

Please direct questions to:

Mya R. Rushton
PA State 4-H Teen Program Manager
Penn State Extension
115 Ag Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802