Stanbridge University is proud to honor six exceptional students who have earned national recognition with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), for their excellent community service and their dedication to helping others, through action and engagement.
The PVSA is a prestigious addition to any healthcare professional’s portfolio, and demonstrates engagement and commitment that can distinguish individuals for greater career development later on. Stanbridge students Taylor Weigand, Yitzebeline Balderas, and Kevin Le have been awarded the Gold award for completing 250-500 hours or more of community service over a one-year time frame, depending on their ages. Ms. Balderas also won a Bronze award. Students Eunice Eugenio, Christine Galido, and Felipe Lopez have been awarded the Bronze award for 100-249 hours of community service over one-year, depending on their ages.
Through her many hours of community service, Ms. Balderas has found a greater purpose and passion for helping others, regardless of species. Ms. Balderas states, “The Veterinary Technology program at Stanbridge helps communities who do not have the ability to provide for their own pets at home. I’m grateful that Stanbridge has given me the many opportunities to go out and help and change other people’s lives. It has imprinted that paramount value in the core of my being and fuels my passion for my work.”
Stanbridge is a certifying organization for the PVSA. This award is a presidential honor that recognizes valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide, who are serving others through current activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, Stanbridge can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours, and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.
Additionally, eligible volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of Stanbridge University. Service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout one year.
Additionally, eligible volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of Stanbridge University. Service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout one year. This engagement with the local and global community is an integral part of Stanbridge University’s opportunities for its students to learn hands-on while helping those in need. Keeping the needs of others in our focus helps shape a connected and compassionate student body, and instills the importance of attending to others’ needs in their practice and in their lives. Through long-term community partnerships, Stanbridge REACH – Beyond the Classroom™ contributes time, raises funds, promotes awareness, and works to meet the needs of people in our greater community, with the help of students like these PVSA recipients. Being a PVSA certifying organization, Stanbridge is committed to providing opportunities for students to contribute and volunteer throughout their time at Stanbridge, through REACH and California Campus Compact.
The award’s three levels offer volunteers flexibility in their capabilities, schedule, and personal goals. Gold requires 500 hours or more; Silver requires 250-499 hours or more; and, Bronze requires 100-249 hours or more; but, all three awards are prestigious honors for any recipient.
For more information about the PVSA you can visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov or learn how to apply for the award at Stanbridge University at www.stanbridge.edu/reach.