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Volunteer Recognition & Awards

Clayton State University students have a sound record of volunteering to support worthy causes and sustaining communities. This past academic year, the Department of Campus Life students participate in volunteer projects ranging from building and repairing homes with Habitat for Humanity to sorting and packing books with Books for Africa.

Beginning in the 2016 Fall Semester the Department of Campus Life will be utilizing the National President’s Volunteer Service Award program to encourage students to keep track of their volunteer service hours.

National President's Volunteer Service Award

image of President's Volunteer Service Award Eagle Logo

The President's Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging volunteerism through presidential recognition to live a life of service. Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

Campus Life is a certifying organization for the National President's Volunteer Service Award and can approve and authorize students to receive this recognition. Any individual, family or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.

Criteria for recognition are:

  • Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only. Additional levels of participation with the organization, i.e. charitable support, are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
  • Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.

Clayton State students, staff, faculty or CSU Alumnus click HERE to create your profile and log-in your service hours.

Award Type and Eligibility

Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month
period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age

Age Group

Bronze Award

Silver Award

Gold Award

President's Call to
Service Award

Young Adults: 15-25

100 - 174 Hours

175 - 249 Hours

250 Hours or More

All Ages - 4,000 Hours or More of
Volunteer Service Over a Lifetime

Adults: 26+

100 - 249 Hours

250 - 499 Hours

 500 Hours or More


Mayors' Proclamations (2013)

The Corporation for National and Community Service led a nationwide effort for mayors across the country to recognize the key role that national service plays in solving important problems within their communities. Mayor Joy Day, City of Jonesboro and Mayor Linda Lord, City of Forest Park signed national service proclamations for the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service to recognize Clayton State volunteers’ contributions to the local community. AmeriCorps members were recognized at the Forest Park City Council meeting held on April 1, 2013.

Mayor proclamations

Student Leadership and Involvement Awards - Community Service Award

The Division of Student Affairs recognized a student organization and an individual for the Outstanding Community Service Award annually at the Division of Student Affairs, Student Leadership and Involvement Awards Program.

The Outstanding Community Service Award recognizes a student leader or organization that sponsored a service project that benefited someone in need and/or supported and encouraged student commitment to volunteering and service; or a project or program that created awareness of a socially sensitive cause/issue to the Clayton State community.

Volunteer Verification Form

Need record of your volunteer hours? The Department of Campus Life will provide you with a volunteer verification form for participating in community service and civic engagement projects sponsored by the University. In order to obtain the volunteer verification form, the student must be able to prove that they attended the sponsored service project (name on sign in sheet; certificate of service, etc.).

For more information about honors, awards and recognition for service and volunteerism, please contact the Department of Campus Life, or 678-466-5433.