Pasadena City College Aquaponics Volunteer Opportunity!

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Pasadena City College Aquaponics has an affinity for volunteer service. Our volunteers are working to meet the needs of their neighborhoods and the community by building aquaponics and rain capture systems that address concerns of water conservation for our area. The aquaponics group is using community outreach and education to spread the message of alternative low-cost conservation efforts. The group is built on organic
curriculum developed by student leaders and guided by Professor Erika Catanese under the direction of Dave Douglass, Ph.D.

Pasadena City College Aquaponics team is a part of the eSTEM program. We work in conjunction with a federally funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program as well as the Southern California World Water Forum (WWF) College Grant Program. The WWF collaborates with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Water for People, and Friends of the United Nations.

In recognition of these outstanding achievements, Pasadena City College Aquaponics is proud to announce the availability of the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this new AWARD is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.

Pasadena City College Aquaponics has teamed with hundreds of organizations and businesses across the country to deliver this Award to our most outstanding volunteers. As a Certifying Organization of the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, we can nominate potential recipients and distribute the Award to those who meet or exceed the AWARD criteria.

“Pasadena City College Aquaponics is extremely proud to join the President of the United States and our supporting partners in recognizing the volunteers who consistently take the time to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Professor Erika Catanese, founder of Pasadena City College Aquaponics. “Volunteers strengthen America and inspire others to get involved. We are proud to honor our volunteers who are answering the call with this AWARD.”


Children, adults, families and groups can receive the AWARD and, given their ongoing service activity, many of our volunteers may already meet the requirements. To qualify for the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to the Aquaponics Leadership Team, and we will verify the service and deliver the AWARD.

Volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of PCC Aquaponics. In fact, service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the necessary hours be completed within12 months; recipients can qualify for a new AWARD each year.

“Our volunteers should strive to earn the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD every year,” said Professor Catanese. “Even if you’ve never volunteered before, the AWARD is within your reach. In fact, the strength and success of our nation depends on every one of us taking an active role in the community where we live. You can also help strengthen America by asking your friends, families and neighbors to join you in helping your community.”

The PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation – created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to our nation. To learn more and find out how to qualify for the AWARD, contact Olivia Zanfardino, our AWARD administrator, at or visit

To be eligible to receive the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, applicants’ service hours must be confirmed by a registered Certifying Organization. There are three levels of the AWARD varying by hours of service completed within a 12-month period:

Kids – 14 and younger
Bronze Award 50 – 74 hours
Silver Award
75 – 99 hours
Gold Award
100 or more hours

Young Adults – Ages 15 – 25
Bronze Award 100 – 174 hours
Silver Award
175 – 249 hours
Gold Award
250 or more hours

Adults – Ages 26 and up
Bronze Award 100 – 249 hours
Silver Award
250 – 499 hours
Gold Award
500 or more hours

Families and Groups (two or more people)*
Bronze Award 200 – 499 hours
Silver Award
500 – 999 hours
Gold Award
1,000 or more hours
*Each member contributing at least 25 hours
towards the total

Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer service hours over the course of their
lifetime are eligible to receive the PRESIDENT’S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD.


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