“I feel that we can wish all we want that the world would change, but until we make the effort to make the change happen, it won’t,” WKU senior Jill Gladish said in reference to her experiences volunteering.
Unsung heroes like Gladish impact the community through giving their time, lending their knowledge and providing a helping hand every day throughout the region. Now, the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships celebrates those volunteers and encourages more efforts to develop the community through serving as a certifying organization for the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Former President George Bush created the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2003 to honor individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize valuable contributions volunteers make to the nation.
Children, adults, families and groups can receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award based on their service for a year or lifetime. To qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and the staff at the Center will verify the service and recognize recipients annually for their achievements. Individuals can submit their 2010 service hours to the ALIVE Center until Jan. 31, 2011. Individual hours must be confirmed before awards are presented. The ALIVE Center staff encourages community members to use the verification forms available in the office to record hours or provide proof of service from the organization. Nonprofit agencies are encouraged to share this information with their volunteers.
To find available service opportunities, campus and community members can visit the ALIVE Center website at www.wkualivecenter.com or join the ALIVE Volunteer Listserv linked on our homepage. The staff sends volunteer opportunities one to two times a month to interested volunteers.
Once hours are confirmed, volunteers will be recognized in the spring for their efforts with a gold, silver and bronze award.