What Counts and Does Not Count for the PVSA?

Note: This is an evolving list that is subject to change and updating. This is not a comprehensive list!

IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHETHER AN ACTIVITY COUNTS FOR THE PVSA, PLEASE ASK FIRST TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT LATER!

Remember...only the time you actually spend volunteering counts for the PVSA.

What activities count for the President’s Volunteer Service Award?
- Unpaid service which benefits the community at large
- Activities that address the following areas of need:
  • Youth Achievement (ex. tutoring, mentoring)
  • Parks and Open Spaces (ex. parks and recreation)
  • Healthy Communities (ex. performing volunteer work at a hospital, nursing home, Sunday/Bible school)
  • Public Safety (ex. fire/rescue official business)
  • Emergency Response (ex. Red Cross, crisis hotline)
  • Homelessness/Hunger (ex. homeless shelter, soup kitchen)
- Mission trips count, but only the time actually spent on mission work (ex. activities such as travel time, meals, showering, and sleeping do not count)

What activities do NOT count for the President’s Volunteer Service Award?
- School spirit-related activities (hall decorating, float decorating, helping with homecoming events, etc.)
- Court-ordered community service
- Paid work
- Internships or job shadowing
- Political volunteer work (including, but not limited to, letter writing campaigns, voter registration drives, political advocacy, lobbying activities)
- Organizing or participating in a strike, boycott, petition, or protest
- Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing
- Religious activities that take place during a normal worship service (ex. ushering, participation in the choir, or other worship activities practiced during worship hours)
- Providing a direct benefit to a for-profit entity
- Attending meetings (ex. SGA meeting, honor society meetings, D.R.E.A.M. Team meetings)

Information from Pitt Alliance for Youth’s Guidelines for Qualifying Volunteer Activities and Documentation