Service Awards

President's Volunteer Service Award

Minnetonka Award Period: Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017
2017 Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The mission of the Minnetonka Public Schools is, in part, to ensure all students envision and pursue their highest aspirations while serving the greater good. In recognition of this service, Minnetonka Public Schools is a certifying agent for the United States President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program, designed to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to serve.

What doesn’t count (changes are in bold)?

  • Paid, mandatory or court-ordered community service.
  • Community service that gives you credit hours.
  • Fundraising that benefits you.
  • Travel time to and from service activities.
  • Hours spent sleeping during overnight service trips or camps. You may count eight hours maximum per day or provide documentation that you served more.
  • Unpaid internships with for-profit companies.
  • Hours spent in meetings or training unless you were planning or participating in service activities.
  • Household chores or service to people living in your home.
  • Performance talent (actors, musicians, choirs): Most performances do not count toward award service hours. Where groups are performing a special event for a vulnerable community, students may submit service hours. Performance hours are not to exceed 25% of the minimum hours required for an award level.

Where extenuating circumstances or exceptions to these guidelines may occur, you must present compelling rationale and evidence of the service provided to others.

Who can participate?
Students, parents and other volunteers in our District.

What are the requirements?

Maintain a record of your service hours from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 of the award year. Submit your hours electronically via the PVSA application prior to the deadline in early September. Based on your age and hours, there are four awards offered:

Age GroupBronzeSilverGold
Kids (ages 5-10)26-49 hours50-74 hours75+ hours
Teens (ages 11-15)50-74 hours75-99 hours100+ hours
Young Adults (ages 16-25)100-174 hours175-249 hours250+ hours
Adults (26 and older)100-249 hours250-499 hours500+ hours
Families and Groups
(Two or more people with each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total)
200-499 hours500-999 hours1,000+ hours

President's Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.

Where can I volunteer?
To find volunteer opportunities and project ideas in our community please visit TonkaServes.org


To get started, please review the following files:

  1. General Information
  2. Official PVSA Site Tracking (optional)
  3. Google Tracking Sheet

2017 Application

Applications are 100% electronic. No paper applications will be accepted.


Questions?

To learn more about the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA), visit:

www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

For questions about Minnetonka's awards, contact:

Michelle Seets
Community Service Specialist
michelle.seets@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5766