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Miami Dade College Students to Again Receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards July 15


Miami, June 25, 2014 - Miami Dade College(MDC) will honor more than 400 students, clubs and organizations college-wide at its Eighth Annual President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Sister Ann Kendrick, Director of Community Relations at the Hope Community Center in Apopka, FL, will deliver the keynote address. Sister Ann came to Apoka to serve the immigrant and working poor communities in the early 1970s and founded the Hope Community Center to provide education, advocacy, and spiritual growth to these underserved populations.  

The national PVSA awards recognize individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a substantial amount of volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.  

“It is a great feeling to know that our students are willing to go that extra mile to serve the community,” said MDC Wolfson President Dr. José A. Vicente. “These students exemplify the highest levels of achievement and humility. They symbolize the true meaning of civic commitment and the American sense of pride, which our nation’s President celebrates with this award.”

Each student will receive a personalized certificate and letter from President Barack Obama, a lapel pin and a letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Four MDC students will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for contributing in excess of 4,000 hours in their lifetime. Among the remaining 400-plus honorees, 131 will receive a gold award for 250 or more hours of service; 52 will receive a silver award for 175-249 hours and 235 students will receive a bronze award for volunteering 100 to 174 hours.

In addition, 34 student clubs and organizations will be awarded for their collective commitment to service, completing a minimum of 200 hours as a group.   

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation established the President's Volunteer Service Award program in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

President’s Volunteer Service Award Ceremony

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210 300 NE Second Ave.
  • COST: Free

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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