Written by Erica Chiu, FCSN’s PVSA Coordinator & FCSN School Clubs Lead
Graphics by Kaitlyn Huynh, FCSN Voices Graphic Artist
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is an award given by the President to reward volunteers for devoting hours to community service. Since 2014, FCSN has been participating in this program as a certifying organization to incentivize our volunteers to participate in more activities and serve their communities. In 2021, I took over as the PVSA coordinator of FCSN. I work to process the applications of our volunteers and address their questions and concerns.
The application opens throughout January of the new year (2023) and takes applications for the award certifying hours from the 1/1-12/31 of the previous calendar year (2022). A frequently asked question is whether volunteers can combine hours they spent working at another organization with that of FCSN when applying. FCSN’s policy allows the combination of hours from one other 501(c) non-profit organization, so long as FCSN makes up for 50% or more of the total hours volunteered. After volunteering hours are verified through the FCSN portal, volunteers receive a confirmation email. FCSN then orders the awards and mails them to award winners.
The volunteer hour requirements for the respective age group are as follows:
|Young Adult (16-25)||50-74 hours||75-99 hours||100+ hours|
|Teens (11-15)||100-174 hours||175-249 hours||250+ hours|
For the year of 2022, we had 18 teen winners and 13 young adult winners. We would like to applaud all volunteers for their selfless work in the community. FCSN is proud to present the list of winners below. Congratulations to all winners!
Teen Category (11-15 y/o)
|Bronze||Shihua Sherra Li|
Young Adult Category (16-25 y/o)
|Bronze||Jiang (Martin) Xu|
|Bronze||Shiyi Sherry Li|