The purpose of Chinmaya Mission is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors of society

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

To celebrate and recognize the unknown number of volunteer hours and to encourage becoming a volunteer at an young age, CMLA has joined with PVSA program. 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. 

Thomas Jefferson once said,"Every human being feels pleasure in doing good to another."  The United States government recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers. The Award enables community organizations –as Certifying and Leadership Organizations– to amplify their gratitude by joining with the President of the United States to thank their most dedicated volunteers. The U.S. government bestows this high honor award upon those deserving citizens and permanent residents who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

We are pleased to announce that Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles is now a part of this federal program. 

How to sign up for the program?

Volunteers can sign up and register with the PVSA program. Once registered you will have the ability to track your hours and service for the organizations with which you volunteer. It is fun to watch your hours grow towards each milestone award. You will be provided with a special record of service key that is associated with the organization (CMLA) with which you volunteer. The organization will be able to approve your hours and award you with a PVSA.


Required # of hours in a 12-month period:

Next steps for students who are interested to volunteer

  1. Visit the following website to learn more & register at as a Volunteer. 
  2. Email Vijay Mididaddi at to obtain the ROS key for CMLA to link their application with CMLA. 
  3. Once registered, reach out to the volunteer leads or Rameshwaram frontdesk or Vijay Mididaddi at for volunteer opportunities.
  4. Begin volunteering (make sure your volunteer lead knows about your volunteering effort).
  5. Document your volunteer effort in the PVSA website. 
  6. Make sure to have the volunteer lead of the event confirm the activity and hours volunteered via email to Vijay Mididaddi at
  7. At the end of the Balvihar year, Vijay Mididaddi will certify the hours and will inform you of your qualification towards an award.

Please note that volunteer hours spent on CMLA events ONLY will count towards the PVSA award.


Awardees in the inaugural year (2015-2016)
  1. Shradha Mididaddi – Silver
  2. Shivani Gummadi – Silver
  3. Shilpa Gummadi – Gold
  4. Pallavi Malladi – Gold
  5. Trishna Patel – Silver
  6. Yash Wagh – Gold
  7. Nidhi Satyadev - Gold
CMLA PVSA Volunteers
  1. Ananya Sampat
  2. Ankit Rastogi
  3. Ariya Mohanty
  4. Deeva Ladva
  5. Krutav Mididaddi
  6. Mourya Nunna
  7. Nidhi Satyadev 
  8. Nihar Nanjappa
  9. Nirmay Nanjappa
  10. Pallavi Malladi
  11. Pranav Sayar
  12. Punya Ekbote
  13. Sanjana Koushik
  14. Shilpa Gummadi 
  15. Shirley Shah
  16. Shivani Gummadi 
  17. Shradha Mididaddi 
  18. Sumani Sadam 
  19. Tanvi Wagh
  20. Trishna Patel 
  21. Viveka Saravanan
  22. Yash Wagh 
For more information, contact Vijay Mididaddi at