The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

The deadline for the award is January 31st, 2019! Be sure to log your hours on the site ( and fill out the verification form (PVSA Signed Verification Form 2018). You will submit these to your local Jamati representative or by emailing the PVSA account (

Jamati Representatives:

Alameda Faizan Virani (                           Adnan H. (
Bakersfield Fahra Daredia (
Inland Empire Email form to
LAHQ Zayan Khanmohammed (
Las Vegas Email form to
Marin County Email form to
Orange County Zeeshan Sultan (                              Tanya Sultan(
Phoenix Meraj Rahimi (                                                Saara Jessani (
Portland Anam Premji (
Sacramento Afshan Thobani (                                      Dinar Kurji (
San Diego Shamim Wayani (                     Nafisa Bulsara (
Santa Clara Nabiha Jiwani (
Seattle Tasnim Rehamani (
San Fernando Valley Sadiya Kazani (                                  Jasmine Esmail (
San Gabriel Valley Alia Bana (
Torrance Maheen Surani (
Amina Vasani (
Visalia Arisha Kassam (

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the President’s Volunteer Service Award?

Every day, millions of Americans volunteer, using their time, talents, and compassion, to make a difference in the lives of others. By mentoring a child, caring for an elderly neighbor, teaching someone to read, or bringing food and clothes to those who need them, Americans are helping to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility for generations to come. It is through these acts of kindness and decency that we are able to demonstrate the true character and compassion of our country.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service to others. It encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make volunteering a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a presidential recognition program for Americans of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. It is an initiative of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the USA Freedom Corps and is administered by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. The program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard, measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period.

How can I receive an award?

The Aga Khan Council for the USA will serve as the certifying organization for the award. The oversight of the award falls under Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (i-CERV), whose teams are responsible for collecting completed packets and distributing the award. Award winners will receive a personalized certificate of achievement, a note of congratulations from the President of the United States, and an official lapel pin.

How many hours do I need?

Given their ongoing service activity, many individuals, families, and groups may have already met the requirements to earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award. There are three different age level groups and three different awards per age level (please note: This chart denotes student’s age on Dec. 31 of the year). They are broken down as follows:





Call to Service

(ages 5-10)





(ages 11-15)


75 – 99



Young Adults
(ages 16-25)

100 – 174

175 – 249



(26 and older)

100 – 249

250 – 499



Families and Groups (2 or more people)

200 – 499

500 – 999




What are the requirements?

To qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Every individual must volunteer the required number of service hours between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. See the table above for the number of required hours for each age group/award.
  2. In order to be recognized, service activities must meet national or community needs. Activities should be unpaid and may not be court-ordered community service. In addition to Jamatkhana-hosted events, each individual should proactively seek outreach volunteer activities.
  3. Each volunteer 14 years and older must register and submit a record of hours using the tool provided on the President’s Volunteer Service Award website Please be sure to submit a copy of this log with the rest of your material by the schedule set forth by the local Youth Club or Youth Engaged in Service team. Details regarding the log are below. Volunteers under 14 years do NOT need to complete this step.
  4. Each volunteer is responsible for completing a Community Service Verification Form for each activity as well as a Cover Sheet (see attachment below). Furthermore, applicants 14 years and older should turn in a printout of their completed service log (steps listed below). Incomplete packets or packets not signed by a community service representative will receive 0 credit hours.
    Volunteers under 14 years only need to submit the Cover Sheet and the Community Service Verification Form (see attachment below). They do not have to log their hours online according to the steps below

Well, you’ve convinced me. How do I sign up?

1.        Assuming you are 14 years or older, go to

2.        Fill out the necessary information, then press SUBMIT APPLICATION

3.       You should now be in your profile.  Find the seciton that says “Record of Service Key” and click on the EDIT button next to it.

4.        Enter CO-FZL-9672W as the code and click SAVE

And how do I login?

1.        Go to and select “Login” in the upper-right hand corner

2.        Enter your username in the box below “Username” and your password in the box below “Password”

3.        Select the “Login” button

Now how do I track my hours for the award?

1.        Log into and select the “My Service” tab

2.        Select “Create New Record”

3.        Fill in “Service Activity”, “Start date”, “End date”, and “Hours of Service” cells

a.        If the service is a i-CERV activity, type “i-CERV – [Activity Name]” under “Service Activity”

b.       If the service reoccurs, choose Yes for “Make this a reoccurring activity” and complete the cells

4.       Fill in any other pertinent information

5.        Select the “Add this Activity” button

6.       Repeat steps 2-5 until your hour log is up to date and accurate

7.        Click “Export to CSV” to download your hours into an Excel file.  Print that completed log sheet and submit it along with the cover sheet (see attachment below) as a scanned pdf document via email to

8.       Deadline to submit all documentation for the 2018 award is January 31st, 2019.


PVSA Signed Verification Form 2018

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