PVSA logoSMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement has teamed with the White House to become an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Established in 2003, the award was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential recognition for volunteer service. Campus community members may nominate individuals, families and groups for the award; the deadline is Mar. 6, 2008. Read more.

As a Certifying Organization for the award, SMU is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding volunteers in this way,” says Carol Clyde, director of leadership and community involvement. “SMU volunteers are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a Nation. The award is our way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our community to make volunteering a central part of their lives.”

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group convened by President Bush to help foster and encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council includes leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofit and volunteer service organizations and community volunteering.

Nominations are due Mar. 6, 2008. For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service Award and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.smu.edu/lci or call 8-4403.