Savannah SCORE Mentor Receives National Recognition with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Her Work with the SD Gunner Fund

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Jessica Belfry, a Savannah SCORE Mentor, has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) in recognition of her work with the SD Gunner Fund, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to veterans, first responders and exceptional children through the training and adoption of service animals. The PVSA is a national honor recognizing individuals whose service positively impacts communities and inspires others to take action.

“This is a truly exceptional and well-deserved honor that Jess has received,” Savannah SCORE Chapter Chair and Certified SCORE Mentor Michael Siegel said, “Our SCORE volunteers serve the community in many amazing ways and Jess has really gone above and beyond to serve the SD Gunner Fund. We celebrate her being recognized with this national award.”

Founded in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the PVSA has continued under each administration and recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. Certifying organizations across the U.S. can recognize their most exceptional volunteers by nominating them for the PVSA. The SD Gunner Fund nominated Belfry and presented the PVSA award as well as the Fund’s Gold Service Award to her on February 25. 

Belfry currently serves as the Head Chair of the SD Gunner Fund’s Advisory Board. Her work with the Fund includes creating a successful fundraising event, Savannah Carnaval, which last week was awarded Best Fundraising Event for the second year in a row by Bryan County News. Events such as Savannah Carnaval help the SD Gunner Fund continue to provide training and support for service and therapy dogs. In 2020, their therapy dogs serviced over 33,000 local children.