Date: June 16, 2009
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, June 16, 2009 – Governors State University recently was named a Certifying Organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Volunteers who give back to their communities will have the opportunity to receive national recognition for their commitment, efforts, and hard work through this program.
As a certifying organization, GSU will help volunteers keep validated records of their volunteer activities and hours, nominate potential recipients of the award, and distribute awards to those who meet or exceed the award criteria. Volunteers may be children, adults, families, or groups who demonstrate a sustained commitment to volunteer service over a 12-month period.
To qualify for the award, volunteers must submit records of their service hours to Sara Appel, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Governors State University, for certification. Appel ensures that the service was performed.
“The volunteer work is not limited to service to the university or one of our related programs,” explained Appel. “We certify volunteer activities performed in many facets of the community. These activities meet and serve many community needs - from helping out in a food pantry to tutoring young children.”
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation issues the President’s Volunteer Service Award. It was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers to our nation.
For more information about the award and volunteer certification, contact Sara Appel at (708) 534-4552. To access the certification form and more information, visit www.govst.edu/pvsa.