Armed Services YMCA San Diego


The Armed Services YMCA San Diego is excited to be a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is recognition for your volunteer service by the President of the United States of America. There are four levels of awards based on your age and the amount of time that you volunteer.

To be eligible to receive an award for your volunteer service, you must meet the eligibility requirements shown below. For tracking purposes, the Armed Services YMCA San Diego will use the calendar year (January 1 – December 31) as our 12-month service period.



Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members


Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

Age Group




Lifetime Achievement Award

Teens (11–15)

50–74 hours

75–99 hours

100+ hours

4,000+ hours

Young Adults (16–25)

100–174 hours

175–249 hours

250+ hours

4,000+ hours

Adults (26+)

100–249 hours

250–499 hours

500+ hours

4,000+ hours