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 February 2021 to Celebrate 30 Years of Boston Cares!

In lieu of a fall 2020 celebration, we will be moving our event to February 2021 to align with our 30th anniversary. Stay tuned for a Save The Date and more details! 

 

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

Boston Cares is proud to recognize outstanding volunteer service through the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Boston Cares Service Champions Award. The shifting of our Awards event will impact how we calculate eligibility for these awards. In previous years, the Boston Cares has considered the 12-month period for either award to be September 1 – August 31. To bring our service year in alignment with the calendar year, and our February 2021 awards event, we will be shifting our service year to January 1 – December 31. For this transition year, Boston Cares will consider hours served for September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 OR January 1, 2020-December 31, 2020. Boston Cares will review service records for both time periods and volunteers will be awarded with the award that corresponds to the higher number of hours between those two service years.

 

How will the new serve year impact the level of award I receive?

Example: if an adult volunteer served 110 hours between 9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020 and 260 hours between 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020, they would be awarded the silver award at the February 2021 event. 

Note: If a volunteer ages into a new age group during the course of the service year, Boston Cares will consider them a part of the category they were for the majority of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 pin, 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.
  • 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 Boston’s Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, and a Boston Cares pin. 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.
  • 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