One Hundred Ninety (190) Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (AVFRD) volunteers recently were presented with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards for 2022.  AVFRD member Jake Karabetian, who has been a volunteer with AVFRD since 2014, was the only volunteer within the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue system to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jake volunteered over 4,000 hours at the AVFRD in 2022.  Congratulations Jake!  Of the 190 awards, 112 were at the Gold level, 38 at the Silver level, and 39 at the Bronze level.

Congratulations to our volunteers for earning U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, and thank you for the long hours dedicated to our community’s safety!

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About the President’s Volunteer Service Award:

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.

The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.  (Source:

Volunteers must complete qualifying volunteer hours and certifying organizations must follow program requirements.  The hours required for Young Adults (16-25) and Adults (26+) are as follows:

Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Young Adults (16–25) 100–174 hours 175–249 hours 250+ hours 4,000+ hours
Adults (26+) 100–249 hours 250–499 hours 500+ hours 4,000+ hours