A resettled Bhutanese youth from Chicago, Binod Khatiwoda, has become a recipient of the “President’s Volunteer Service Award 2013″as a recognition of his volunteerism in the Bhutanese community.
“My joys saw no limits when I received the appreciation letter duly signed by President Barack Obama,” Khatiwoda told BNS. He received the appreciation letter on Jan. 14.
“I regard that the award not only recognizes my community works, but also appreciates hard-work of all the fellow-Bhutanese,” said he. “This has immensely encouraged me to be more responsible towards my society.”
Including a local resettlement agency Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC), the Chicago Bhutanese Association (CBMA) recommended Katiwoda’s name for the award.
He is a university student, and has been volunteering in the US credit and financial system trainings, citizenship awareness program and community development through different programs that target Bhutanese and other refugees since his resettlement in 2008.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States 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.