Volunteer Service Awards


Each year, Boston Cares recognizes outstanding volunteers, volunteer leaders, community and corporate partners for their exceptional work over a 12-month period. This energy filled event is our chance to thank those that give back and make a difference in the Boston Cares community.

 

Join us in April 2022 for the 18th Annual Boston Cares Volunteer Service Awards!

Stay tuned for a Save The Date and more details! 

 

President's Volunteer Service Award & Boston Cares Service Champions Award: 

Boston Cares has shifted their service year in alignment with the calendar year to January 1 – December 31. Boston Cares will consider hours served for January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The President's Volunteer Service Award Criteria

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Points of Light, recognizes volunteers who meet certain service hour requirements over a 12-month period with Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of recognition. Recipients receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Boston Cares is a certifying organization through which volunteers can qualify for this award provided they meet the requirements below. No application is necessary, however, all self-reported hours must be input into the volunteer’s Boston Cares account by the end of the service year in order for those hours to count towards a service award.

  • Volunteers must have a Boston Cares account and have gone through a New Volunteer Orientation in order to qualify.
  • Volunteer must have completed at least 50% or more of their service completed in the service year through Boston Cares or active Boston Cares Community Partners.
  • The majority of service hours should be completed locally, benefitting the Greater Boston area
  • 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.

*self-reported hours are included.

 

Boston Cares Service Champion Award Criteria

The Boston Cares Service Champions Award was launched in partnership with the City of Boston to recognize volunteers who meet the service hour requirements for the PVSA, but are otherwise ineligible for that award. Based on the same service hour levels as the PVSA, recipients of the Boston Cares Service Champions Award receive a certificate signed by the Mayor of Boston. This award does not require an application and is available to any volunteer who meets the hour requirements and eligibility criteria below.

  • Volunteers must have a Boston Cares account and have gone through a New Volunteer Orientation in order to qualify.
  • Volunteer must have completed at least 50% or more of their service completed in the service year through Boston Cares or active Boston Cares Community Partners.
  • The majority of service hours should be completed locally, benefitting the Greater Boston area
  • 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.
  • Service must be with an Organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. territories.

*self-reported hours are included.

 

Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award

Each year, members of the Boston Cares community are invited to nominate volunteers they believe explify oustanding volunteer leadership to receive this award. Boston Cares selects 3-5 nominees to be honored at the Awards for their contributions to the Boston community through service and leadership. The nominating process generally opens 3-4 months before the event and nominees must be active Boston Cares members. You can watch videos of past winners on Boston Cares' YouTube page

 

Any questions about eligibility or receiving these awards should be directed volunteers@bostoncares.org