Chinese Club of Western New York (CCWNY) has been named to The President’s Volunteer Service Aware (PVSA) which recognizes the important role CCWNY members and youths play in pursuing our missions and solving community problems through meaningful and measurable civic engagement and cultural events in the community.

The PVSA recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved a specific number of hours. CCWNY is a certifying organization that has been granted authority to give out the PVSA to volunteers through an application and review process. CCWNY can only verify and certify that a volunteer has met the requirements to receive a PVSA within a 12 month period specified by CCWNY.

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members
Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group
Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Kids (5–10 years old) 26–49 hours 50–74 hours 75+ hours 4,000+ hours
Teens (11–15) 50–74 hours 75–99 hours 100+ hours 4,000+ hours
Young Adults (16–25) 100–174 hours 175–249 hours 250+ hours 4,000+ hours
Adults (26+) 100–249 hours 250–499 hours 500+ hours 4,000+ hours

Award Terms

Every 12 months, the Office of CCWNY and CYC (Chinese Youth Club) will confirm the eligibility of the PVSA for all volunteers and staff which have served and reported hours via Volunteer Applications. The default 12-month period of eligibility is from February to January of the next year. The 2021-2022 term will span from June 2021 to January 2022. For more information about the PVSA or if you would like to verify your eligibility, please contact or at 716-581-2199.