Volunteering is a very rewarding activity. I know because I have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) four years in a row. My brother, Rob, also enjoys volunteering and qualified for the PVSA in 2010 with over 100 volunteer hours. Sadly, he was not affiliated with a PVSA certifying organization, which would nominate him for the award. It was unfortunate that Rob was eligible for the PVSA but was unable to receive it.

I believe there are numerous Rose students like my brother, who have earned over 100 volunteer hours but have no way to certify their service. With this in mind, for part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I decided to establish J. H. Rose as a PVSA certifying organization in order to help students that are in the same situation as my brother. A certifying organization is one that has been given the authority by the Points of Light Foundation to distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award to its volunteers.

After receiving permission from Mr. Charlie Langley to move forward with the project, Ms. Stephanie Noles signed on as my J.H. Rose PVSA faculty advisor. Ms. Noles and I applied to become a certifying organization and were granted permission on June 7, 2011, to administer the PVSA to Rose students. We presented our first awards in the spring of 2012.

We hope you will join us in our mission to S.E.R.V.E. – Support Every Rampant’s Volunteer Excellence.

Mimi McCarthy
J. H. Rose Class of 2013