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Q: Is GATA for you?

A: We accept middle school and high school students as GATA members.  We have different projects for students from 6th through 12th grade.

Q: Which areas do you serve?

A: We serve San Francisco Bay Area. If the students attend the schools in San Francisco Bay Area, she or he is eligible to participate in our programs.

Q: How can I make a donation?

A: The majority of GATA’s funding comes from public contributions. Thanks to generous donors to help our members achieve their best on integrating their skills into community services!  Your donations to GATA are tax-deductible, and we will provide an invoice for your donation. Please check our “Contact Us” page for contact information.

Q: How can I help?

A: The sky's the limit. We would love to have your help in any or all of the following ways: (1) Make a donation. (2) Become a volunteer. GATA is a volunteer-driven organization.  We welcome any individuals who are willing to donate their time and talent to help us in the GATA events. (3) Host fundraisings. Our members are young creative artists who continuously produce great art pieces. You can help us host fundraising events to convert their art pieces into cash that can be donated to other charity organizations.

Q: What is President’s Volunteer Service Award?

A: The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a volunteer awards program that recognizes United States citizens and lawfully permanent residents for their service hours over a 12-month time period, or over the course of a lifetime. Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

Q: Who can receive a President's Volunteer Service Award?

A: The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States that have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period, or, for the Lifetime Award, more than 4,000 cumulative service hours over a lifetime.

Q: What is a Certifying Organization?

A: Certifying Organizations (COs) is the partner to identify and recognize Americans making a difference through volunteer service.  COs are organizations that have been vetted by the President's Volunteer Service Award program staff, have agreed to follow program rules and uphold the program's integrity, and are authorized to issue Awards to recognize volunteers' verified service hours.

Q: What does GATA do for PVSA?

A: GATA is a certifying organization for the Presidential Service Award. We keep track of the volunteer hours for the members and apply for Presidential Service Award once the members meet the requirements. Members completing service hours for this award must complete the GATA Service Hour Verification Form and submit to GATA for processing