Eligibility Requirements

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

Kids (5–10 years old)

26–49 hours

50–74 hours

75+ hours

4,000+ hours

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

Family & Group Award

200-499 hours

500-999 hours

1000+ hours


Family/Group Awards

  • Award given in the name of the group, e.g., “St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church” or “The Andrew Kim Family”
  • Each Member much contribute a minimum of 25 hours for their hours to count towards the group total
  • Each member must meet individual eligibility requirements, i.e., must be at least 5 years old and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • An individual’s hours may count towards both the individual award and group award, e.g., a teen completing 50 hours may receive a bronze award in addition to the silver group award as a member of a class that volunteered 500 hours collectively over 12 months.

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