Catlin Gabel senior Megha Alluri '21 has been recognized with both Gold and Bronze President's Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) for her service to the non-profit organization PERIOD over the past two years.
The hours required to earn a Gold award in the Young Adult Category (16-25) are 250+ hours in a year and 100-174 hours for a Bronze award, and these hours must be verified by an organization who has been certified by the PVSA.
PERIOD, which is certified by the PVSA, is a non-profit founded by Catlin Gabel students in 2014. Originally named Camions of Care, PERIOD is a youth-fueled organization and national leader in the menstrual movement – the effort to eradicate inequities caused by poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy.
Megha was recognized by the Portland chapter of PERIOD for fulfilling the highest level of annual service hours to earn the Gold Award this year. She earned the Bronze for her service in 2019. Each chapter of PERIOD is committed to the distribution of menstrual products, promotion of youth leadership, and championing of menstrual equity in policy.
Megha joined PERIOD as a freshman, packaging products to distribute to homeless shelters, and then expanded her responsibilities in the years that followed as she developed skills and an interest in data analytics. Working in Microsoft Excel, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and Tableau, she sought to streamlined PERIOD’s various channels of data to measure its impact more accurately. With the support of her supervisor and the rest of the service team, she implemented new data storage and analytics strategies along with quarterly impact reports.
“My service is meaningful to me because it has allowed me to apply my learning outside the classroom and discover a career interest while giving back to the community,” Megha says. “Menstrual poverty is a pervasive global issue, and I am incredibly grateful that PERIOD has provided me a platform to make change and contribute to the organization in my own way.”
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President&’s Volunteer Service Award in 2003 to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. The award honors individuals in every part of the United States whose service positively impacts communities and inspires others to take action.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award program has continued under each administration over the past 17 years, honoring volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation. The program is led by AmeriCorps and managed in partnership with Points of Light.