The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) is proud to introducing you to the President’s Volunteer Service Award! MRC has been a certifying organization since 2020. MRC honors our volunteers who are donating their time and sharing their talents to solve the toughest challenges facing the recovery community. As a certified organization, MRC recognizes our most exceptional volunteers. We verify and certify that our exceptional volunteers meet the requirements to receive a PVSA within a 12-month period (your 12-month period starts on your first volunteer shift).

PVSA 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 benefiting others, reported to MRC
  • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility
  • Volunteer service that is performed after January 1st, 2019

Eligible Service does not include:

  • 46 hours for attending Recovery Coach Academy (if applicable, to learn more about the Recovery Coach Academy, visit our website
  • 50 volunteer hours towards the Recovery Coach Academy scholarship (if applicable, to learn more about the Recovery Coach Academy, visit our website
  • Court-ordered community service
  • Volunteer service for other organizations
  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Serving only family members

Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group * The Lifetime Achievement Award is not available to be awarded at this time. Learn more on

Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award*
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

You can review your volunteer hours on our volunteer portal page. MRC contacts volunteers who are eligible for an award.

Email for more information.

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