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Army Volunteer Corps

The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) offers volunteer opportunities on and off Fort Carson, and in our community. Fort Carson is home to more than 6,000 volunteers, contributing nearly 200,000 hours annually.  This selfless service is equivalent to $4 million in workforce cost & support. 

To reach the Army Volunteer Corps program, click here to email us or call 


  • Silver Key Senior Service Ongoing Volunteer Opportunties

    Silver Key Senior Service Ongoing Volunteer Opportunties

  • Girls Scouts of Colorado

    Girls Scouts of Colorado

  • USO--Gamers Wanted

    USO--Gamers Wanted

  • USO--Lead Gamer Volunteer Position

    USO--Lead Gamer Volunteer Position

  • ACS Financial Readiness Program--AER Intake Technician

    ACS Financial Readiness Program--AER Intake Technician

  • ACS Annex--New Parent, Nurturing Program

    ACS Annex--New Parent, Nurturing Program

  • ACS Army Volunteer Corps Volunteers

    ACS Army Volunteer Corps Volunteers

  • Grupo Latino

    Grupo Latino

  • Office Assistants, DPW Housing Office

    Office Assistants, DPW Housing Office

  • NAMI


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Determine Your Interests and Skills

Take the O*Net Interest Quiz! This quick and simple assessment highlights your current volunteer interests and expands opportunities to gain more! When you complete the assessment, send your results to us and let us match your interests to opportunities! 

Volunteering within Army Community Service
Volunteering within Army Community Service offers volunteers enriching and fulfilling volunteer opportunities, further supporting the ACS mission of commitment to excellence. 
Come in and speak to the ACS Volunteer Coordinator to learn of the opportunities available. 
Make a Difference Day (MADD)
Thank you to everyone who participated in 
Make A Difference Day!
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On Post Volunteer Opportunities


Does Your Organization Need Volunteers?

If your organization is looking for volunteers and would like for the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) to push out your project information, please complete and return the Fort Carson AVC Volunteer Needs form

Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan (for Off Post Volunteer Opportunities)

Fort Carson has a volunteer umbrella position which covers all off-post volunteer service with local non-profits called Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan. Under this position, your volunteer hours can be tracked through the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS). Build your official Volunteer Service Record at, and follow the steps below: 

     1)    Identify the Non-Profit Organization you want to volunteer with. 

     2)    Register with the organization, and complete registration, orientation, screening etc. 

     3)    Email/deliver a copy of your registration forms to the Army Volunteer Corps office.  

     4)   Create a VMIS account on Under the 'Opportunities' tab search for Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan (Off Post), click on the position, and apply!

NOTE: You will track your service hours on the VMIS system as well as on the organization's hours tracking system. 

Click here to access the list of local community partners for volunteering opportunities!


Volunteer Opportunities (Local Community)

If you're looking for a way to help our community, see the following partners:  
Immediate Needs


Click here for On-going Off Post Volunteer Organization List

Short Term Volunteering

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness--Colorado Springs

Youth Volunteering

On post opportunities include:


Off Post


Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program

Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) 

The Fort Carson VOQ award recognizes any outstanding volunteer instrumental in the support of a Unit, Directorate or Private Organization throughout a specified quarter. The VOQ award is based on a Fiscal Year. Downloadable/Fillable PDF VOQ Submission Packet

Units may recognize up to: 5 per brigade; 2 per separate Battalion; 2 per Private Organization/Directorate.

4ID & Fort Carson Volunteer of the Quarter Award Recognition Schedule:
Quarter Submission Packet Due Recognition
Oct-Dec 2023 26 Jan 2024 06 Mar 2024
Jan-Mar 2024 26 Apr 2024 05 Jun 2024
Apr-Jun 2024 02 Aug 2024 18 Sep 2024
Jul-Sep 2024 25 Oct 2024 04 Dec 2024


Annual Recognition Ceremony

2024 4ID and Fort Carson Annual Volunteer Award Recognition Ceremony--9 April 2024 at the Elkhorn Catering & Conference Center (ECCC), Fort Carson

Nomination packets for Youth Volunteer of the Year, Adult Volunteer of the Year, and the Steadfast and Loyal Hall of Fame Inductee Due:  9 February 2024

Submission packets for the Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation and Exemplary Service Award Due: 9 February 2024 

Units may recognize up to 2 volunteers per Battalion; 2 volunteers per separate Battalion; 2 volunteers per Private Organization/Directorate. The exception is the Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation--all submissions will be accepted based on criteria. 

Click below for specific award packet submission details: 



4th Infantry Division & Fort Carson Award Guide

This informative guide will provide criteria, staffing channels and other award details for not only installation awards, but also for FORSCOM, Dept. of the Army and Army Branch Spouse Awards--see guide.

Immediate Recognition


VMIS: Volunteers & OPOCs Registering, Verifying and Logging Hours

The Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) is how you track and verify volunteer hours. For VMIS click here:

New Volunteer Orientation, VMIS & OPOC Training

Training is offered the last Wednesday of every month (except December), 1330-1500hrs, ACS Main Center, 6303 Wetzel Ave., Building 1526, Fort Carson, Colorado 80913. Click here to register.

ATTN: April 2023 New Volunteer Orientation, VMIS & OPOC Training will be moved to April 12, 1330-1430 at ACS. 

Or, we will come to you! Click here for Portable Classes.


The VMIS Quick User Guide will provide a quick reference on How to Get Started, How to Select a Position & How to Enter Volunteer Service Hours

OPOC Reference Materials, Forms & Templates

Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Appointment Orders Memorandum Template

Volunteer Service Agreement DD2793

Talent Release Form (social media) DD2831


Volunteer FAQs

Q: Where do I go to learn about the volunteering process and volunteer opportunities?

A: Come to Army Community Service (ACS), 6303 Wetzel Ave., Building 1526, Fort Carson, and ask for the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC).

Q: Do I set my own volunteer schedule?

A: Yes, you are able to set your weekly volunteer schedule with the immediate supervisor or Program Manager.

Q: Can I volunteer with more than one organization?

A: Yes! You are able to volunteer with more than one unit/directorate/organization.

Q: Can civilians volunteer on Fort Carson?

A: Yes, civilians are welcome to volunteer on post. All fully engaged civilian volunteers may be issued a gate access pass through the Army Volunteer Corps office.

Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to volunteer?

A: No, as long as you have a DoD ID card, you are able to volunteer on post.

Q: How old do I need to be to volunteer?

A: Most Army volunteers are Statutory volunteers, therefore the minimum age is 14 years of age. However, private organizations on post follow their own charters and regulations, therefore, age may vary from organization to organization.

Q: Is Childcare offered while I volunteer?

A: Registered ACS Volunteers can utilize hourly childcare while volunteering with ACS.  Children must be registered with CYS. Childcare will be at Ivy CDC and Patriot School Age Center.

Q: Can I use my volunteer service on my resume?

A: Yes, you can. In fact, you are encouraged to use your volunteer service as unpaid employment experience. Employers will recognize your time and service. 

Q: How do I show proof of my volunteer service? 

Tracking your hours in VMIS creates your Volunteer Service Record, DA Form 4162. Download your Volunteer Service Record from your VMIS account by logging in and clicking on the Service History tab. Scroll down to the bottom and click on DA Form 4162. 

Types of Volunteers

Installation volunteers fall into three categories:  statutory, private organization, and gratuitous service. 

  • Statutory Volunteers are those volunteers authorized by federal statute (10 USC 1588) to provide services in certain Department of Defense activities such as MWR, family programs, museums, chaplain, child care, etc.  Statutory volunteers, when acting within the scope of their position description, are provided certain benefits by law such as worker’s compensation.
  • Private Organization volunteers are part of non-federal entities authorized to operate on the installation.  These organizations contribute to the overall installation mission, but their volunteers are not considered statutory.  All liability for incidents/accidents or injury to the volunteer are the responsibility of the private organization.
  • Gratuitous Service volunteers provide services to organizations not covered under the federal statute, and do so with no expectation of compensation or benefit coverage.

Click here to return to the Army Community Service (ACS) Main Page.