Students Receive National Honors with President’s Volunteer Service Award


Students Receive National Honors with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Friday, March 31, 2023
president's volunteer service award

April is Global Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle important social challenges and build more vibrant communities.  Each year, many Raritan Valley Community College students go above and beyond in their service to the community and campus through curricular service learning and co-curricular community engagement activities.

In celebration of Global Volunteer Month and for their extraordinary service totaling more than 4,000 hours to the local community and the College, several RVCC students are receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award–Gold Level. The following students all volunteered over 300 hours during the 2022-2023 academic year:

  • Evren Yucekus-Kissane, Basking Ridge
  • Jared Smith, Hillsborough
  • Jordan Barge, Somerville
  • Damian Juth, Bernardsville
  • Sydney Lehrer, Flemington
  • Liam Boyle, High Bridge
  • Kyle Hammermueller, Hampton
  • Kasen Groth, Glen Gardner
  • Josephine Tracey, Clinton
  • Daniela Ovelar, Somerville
  • Antonette Juliane Almendras, High Bridge
  • Sandra Faragalla, Neshanic Station

The President's Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Originally established by executive order from George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping others. It is a premier volunteer award, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition, honoring them for looking around, being inspired, and taking positive action that changes the world.

Depending on the amount of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. Honorees receive a personalized certificate signed by the President of the United States, a letter from the President, and a medallion.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award 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.

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March 31, 2023

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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