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Eligibility Requirements

  • United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)

  • Must be at least five years old

  • Volunteering hours must be completed within a 12-month period for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and over a lifetime for Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

    • eg: ​January 1st to December 31st.

  • Volunteer hours spent teaching Dharma or providing religious instructions will not be counted towards this award. However, hours spent teaching languages will be considered.

  • Volunteers applying for the award must be active members or Trustees of the Hindu Society of Minnesota or be affiliated with the organization through a parent or guardian who serves as a Trustee.​​​

  • All volunteer hours submitted for this award must be logged in the HSMN PVSA portal. While we accept external community service hours, at least 60% of your total hours must be completed volunteering with the Hindu Society of Minnesota (HSMN) and logged in to VolunteerMark. For any hours completed outside of HSMN, please provide signed verification documents.

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:

PVSA Hours

Apply for PVSA Today!

Are you a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder?
Did you complete your total Volunteering hours within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)?
Please select the age group you pertain to when most of the total hours were completed.
5-10 years old
11-15 years old
16-25 years old
25+ years old
Please select the award you are applying for
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