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President's Award

AAHEA is Official Certifying Authority for The President's Volunteer Service Awards. You can connect to AAHEA for recognition of your volunteer services.

AAHEA, has a long proud history of volunteer service. Our volunteers are working to meet the needs of their neighborhoods and the community by providing free business, educational and security consulting services. AAHEA, incorporated in 1969 as a 501-C3, Non-Profit Organization, works with people from all walks of life.

Dr. Stephen R. Barnhart, AAHEA CEO, has a very long history of volunteer service, starting back as a teenager as a group leader in the AWANA organization. Dr. Barnhart also has over 30 years in volunteer service in law enforcement, the Masonic & Shriner's organizations, and has received many awards such as the Gold / Diamond Leader of the DAV, the Patriotic Citizen award from the VFW, and was appointed as a Honorary United States Marine from the USMCR Division, to name a few.

In recognition of these outstanding achievements, AAHEA is proud to announce the availability of the PRESIDENT‟S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this new AWARD is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.

AAHEA has teamed with hundreds of organizations and businesses across the country to deliver this Award to our most outstanding volunteers. As a Certifying Organization of the PRESIDENT‟S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, we can nominate potential recipients and distribute the Award to those who meet or exceed the AWARD criteria.

AAHEA is extremely proud to join the President of the United States in recognizing the volunteers who consistently take the time to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Stephen R. Barnhart, Ed.D. CEO of AAHEA. “Volunteers strengthen America and inspire others to get involved. We are proud to honor our volunteers who are answering the call with this AWARD.”

Children, adults, families and groups can receive the AWARD and, given their ongoing service activity, many of our volunteers may already meet the requirements (see sidebar). To qualify for the PRESIDENT‟S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to IBEC, and we will verify the service and deliver the AWARD.

Volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf ofAAHEA. In fact, service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the necessary hours be completed within12 months; recipients can qualify for a new AWARD each year.

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Recognition for volunteer service is probably the best reward that a volunteer can get and when that recognition comes from the Whitehouse it is also incredibly motivating. So if you or someone you know meets the criteria for this award please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the Presidents Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The Presidents Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.