Providence Day School student Sarah Allison ‘20 received the President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal for over 100 hours of service in a year.
“I received the majority of my hours from volunteering for Freedom School over the summer,” says Allison. “While at Freedom School, I worked in a classroom helping a student intern teach a class of underprivileged children. I had worked with children before while volunteering at my church, doing Big Brother and Big Sister, and being a co-leader of First Grade Buddies, a club at school. But Freedom School was by far the best and most rewarding experience that I had with children.
“Ultimately, I learned the importance of service and how organizations like Freedom School really do make a difference not just in the children’s lives but also in the volunteer’s. Because of the meaningful experiences I had as a volunteer, achieving the Presidential Service Award never seemed like a burden, but an opportunity. I feel that serving as a volunteer helped me in so many ways, and I am thankful to have been able to work at Freedom School and the other community organizations I volunteered for."
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation. Read more at https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/.