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Volunteer Recognition

April marks National Volunteer Recognition Month. Volunteers provide valuable assistance and play a critical role in fulfilling the SAVAHCS mission to serve our Veterans. We take time out to honor our volunteers each year, at a special recognition event. SAVAHCS presents awards to recognize the hours volunteers generously donate. In addition a Male, Female, and Youth Volunteer of the Year are recognized for their special contributions. 

The President Lifetime Award is presented to all SAVAHCS volunteers who have served 4,000 hours or more.  This prestigious award was borne out of President Bush's call for all American to donat 4,000 hours of community service over the course of their lifetime.  The President Lifetime Award is the prestigious volunteer award currently connected to the White House that all Americans can aspire to achieve.  A special pin honors those individuals who have achieved this milestone of service to their community and country.


Richard Nelson
Richard R. Nelson
2015 Male
Volunteer of the Year

Karen Batelli
Karen Batelli
2015 Female
Volunteer of the Year

Jazzmine Bravo-Price
2015 Youth
Volunteer of the Year

In addition, awards are presented to registered volunteers who have served throughout the year.



Summer Youth Recognition

Every year, at the end of our SERVE Summer Youth Volunteer Program we have a special recognition event to say “Thank You”!