President's Call to Service Award
The President's Call to Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States to people who have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. It is the highest level of the President's Volunteer Service Award.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which administers the award, was established within the Corporation for National and Community Service through a 2003 executive order by President George W. Bush. The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. The award is offered is four categories depending on amount of service, including Bronze, Silver, Gold and the "President's Call to Service Award" (referred to as the "President's Lifetime Achievement Award"). Depending on the level of service, awardees may receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion, and/or a congratulatory letter from the President.
While numerous Americans have been awarded some degree of the President's Volunteer Service Award, very few been awarded the highest honor - the President's Call to Service Award (also referred to as the President's Lifetime Achievement Award).
Past recipients of the award include:
- 2004: Henry W.A. Blackford, FGCU Graduate B.S. Health Professions
- 2004: Frank Shankwitz, Founder of Make A Wish Foundation
- 2004: Michael Taggart, Forest Service Volunteer Association
- 2005: Zachary Bonner
- 2008: S. Truett Cathy
- 2008: Christian Thomas Lee
- 2011: Brandon J. Pugh
- 2011: Ryan M. Al-Sharieh
- 2012: Pedro "Speedy" Gonzalez
- 2014: Thomas Smith 
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